Residents Enjoy 17th Annual Culinary Extravaganza

Well dressed young men from St. Louis Center await their turn to sample the food.
Well dressed young men from St. Louis Center await their turn to sample the food.

The Italian American Club of Livonia (IACL) hosted the 17th Annual Culinary Extravaganza for St. Louis Center on Sunday January 29, 2012, and raised more than $30,000 for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The event was supported through the generosity of eighty advertisers in the local community who advertised in the program adbook, as well as fifteen restaurants and five bakeries who provided the event with samples of their wonderful food, sweets, and fresh fruit. Many of the local advertisers and restaurants also provided gift certificates for the event, and the crowd was entertained by artists from the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan.

Along with the 265 people from the community who attended the event, the IACL would like to acknowledge those who provided the wonderful food for our guests.


Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill – Northville, Bahama Breeze – Livonia, Charley’s of Northville – Northville, Claddagh Irish Pub- Livonia, Italian American Banquet Center – Livonia, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches – Livonia, La Bistecca – Plymouth, Little Bangkok Cuisine – Plymouth, Mexican Fiesta – Canton, Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Livonia, Senate Restaurant – Northville, Sheesh Mediterranean Cuisine – Livonia, Station 885 – Plymouth, Steve’s Family Dining – Livonia

(Bakeries/Candy Shops/Coffee)

Dunia Sweets – Livonia and Plymouth, Heritage Bakery – Livonia, Kilwin’s – Plymouth, Mary Dennings – Westland, Tuscan Café – Northville


Joe’s Produce – Livonia

Businessman Andy Abro of Canton received the St. Louis Guanella Humanitarian Award for his outstanding generosity in supporting people with developmental disabilities both here and in his former home in Northern Iraq, and the silent auction featured many wonderful items that included suite tickets to a Detroit Tigers baseball game, Detroit Red Wings tickets, a Detroit Lions Football autographed by wide receiver Titus Young, and personally items autographed from Bill Ford, Jr.

St. Louis Center is a residential care center for children and adults in Chelsea, MI, run by the priests of the Servants of Charity. For more information, please visit their website at

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