Team Beach Party wins Golden Spatula Award

First Posted: 2/3/2014

On a night filled with big plays and memorable advertisements from several major corporations, the Golden Spatula competition took center stage at Fellowship Church during Super Bowl Sunday.

The Golden Spatula, Fellowship’s annual cook-off competition, featured game-day chefs and tailgate masters from six different teams. Each team had until halftime of the Super Bowl o impress fans and foodies alike with their recipes, style and décor.

The break in the cold weather brought many out to 45 Hildebrandt Road to watch the game and enjoy hot and cold dishes. This year’s contest gave fans the capability to vote for their favorite team via text, which made for a close contest in a technologically savvy culture.

Among the competing teams, two of the teams featured opponents from the same household. Mike Balonis, along with Jason and Lynn Miller, of Harveys Lake, competed against Jason’s wife, Lisa Balonis. Lisa entered the competition as a member of Team Beach Party, a squad of ladies who sought solace from the winter weather with a beach-themed table.

The matrimony matchup set the stage for a dramatic conclusion to the contest, as the Beach Party took home this year’s award. Along with Lisa Balonis, team members Amy Belles, Melissa Ferrari and Dawn Rittenhouse were honored to have won and glad that their diverse menu of beach-themed was a crowd-pleaser. Double-A’s Italian Way, an Italian-food-themed collective of Alison Lesinski and Ashley Sheare, was the runner-up in this years’ competition.

Along with the Golden Spatula trophy, the champions also received gift certificates to Fellowship’s Resource Center. The Resource Center is a ministry of Fellowship Church open to the community which provides the church with pastor-recommended resources, memorabilia, Bible-study tools and sermon-audio. The Resource Center is located in the foyer of the church’s Education Building on 45 Hildebrandt Road.

“Life is better at the beach,” said Amy Belles, cleverly summing up the team’s inspiration and key to her team’s victory. Indeed, the beach was better in 2014.

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