Belle Reve culinary staff, including Bill Meurer, director of dining services; chef Fred Rolff and cooks Rodney Quick and Chris Felton, squared off in a chili cook-off at the senior living center on Jan. 11.
The staff members prepared their favorite chili recipes and then those in attendance put their taste buds to the test to decide the chili champion.
Meurer’s chili was declared the winner for his twist on traditional chili by adding hot dogs.
“Belle Reve’s annual chili cook-off is a fun event and I enjoyed being a part of it alongside my colleagues,” said Meurer. “I love what I do and I am humbled that the residents and guests voted for my recipe.”
Meurer found his love for cooking while serving in the Navy. After his service was complete, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and has been creating meal options for residents since 2006.
Teddy Michel, regional director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of NEPA, will serve as principal speaker during SS. Anthony and Rocco Holy Name Society’s 62nd annual Communion breakfast.
Michel will also receive the society’s Pio Ferrario Award for Christian Witness.
Frank Castellano, court administrator for Lacka-wanna County, will serve as toastmaster.
The Communion breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 3, at 9:30 a.m., following 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony’s, at La Buona Vita. Cost is $12 for adults and children under 12 are $8. For tickets, contact 570-343-6613.
Stars in stripes
Army National Guard Pvt. Sabrina R. Bannister and Pvt. Morgan A. Jones have enlisted in the Army National Guard.
Bannister will serve as a signal intelligence collector with 28th Infantry Division, Harrisburg Military Post. She is daughter of Basil I. Bannister and Angela M. Bonafide, both of Scranton, and a 2015 graduate of Scranton High School.
Jones will serve as a health care specialist with the 337th Engineer Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. She will graduate this year from North Pocono High School.