Pittsburgh celebrities cook

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Most people cook even if they are well known around Pittsburgh. However, most don’t cook with super sharp knives and on a flat table grill that is sizzling hot for eight to 10 people.

On Sept. 20, at Benihana Restaurant in Greentree, celebrities and guests gathered at the famous Japanese Steakhouse for the 12th annual Dave Thomas Celebrity Cook-off to benefit Three Rivers Adoption Council. Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, was adopted as a child and worked as a national adoption advocate, generating awareness for the thousands of children waiting for foster care nationwide.

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SMILING THRU THE SMOKE—Emamai Alaquiva (Ya Momz House and Lynne Hayes Freeland (KDKA TV).

This year at the popular cook-off there were new chefs, bright new red chef’s hats and new aprons ready to cook for a packed house of TRAC supporters. It was a fun night for the chefs and the patrons that they cooked for. Each chef prepared the vegetables, shrimp and steak for the patrons.

The night included a silent auction, a cookie raffle where guests purchased a cookie for $10 and had a chance to win a home entertainment system, an iPad or a silver necklace with peacock beads. There were grab bags for $20 with a guaranteed surprise worth $20 and if you wanted to eat your meal with a fork you forked over $5 all to benefit TRAC.

Jacqueline Wilson, TRAC CEO says, “You can feel confident that participating in this fund-raiser will truly benefit the children and families who either want to be or are already a part of an adoptive family. We are proud that during the past year we have assisted with the placement of over 7,200 children since the beginning of TRAC. Overall during the past year we have served over 300 families and 742 children.”

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