Local chefs Sherry and Tara Schie will be serving up their popular Shy Filet to 3,000 guests this Saturday during the NFL's Party with a Purpose event. (Submitted)
Strasburg, Ohio - Two area chefs are bringing some local flavor to Super Bowl’s official pregame charity event.
Shy Cellars’ Sherry Schie and her daughter Tara are en route to Atlanta to represent the Pro-Football Hall of Fame during the Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose event. Schie says they’ll be serving up one of their most popular dishes and raise funds for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
“It’s called a Shy Filet. It’s a peppercorn filet mignon served on top of whipped asiago cheese Yukon potatoes with a red wine demi-glace and crispy onion straws, and it’s so good," she says.
Schie says the dish was created by Tara and earned the restaurant top-honors during last year’s Taste of the Pro-Football Hall of Fame Challenge.
"It’s a people’s choice award, kind of like the Taste of Tusc but on a much larger scale and people will come in and you make a really special dish. You buy a ticket, and all that money goes to the food bank, and then people will vote on you," she explains.
Schie says they’ll be serving that dish on Saturday to about 3,000 diners including celebrities and athletes.
"It’s a huge deal. They have a lot of celebrities and stars that will come in and a lot of the Pro-Football Hall of Fame people. It is a lot of the football players that are there, so this year being in Atlanta the Day before the Super Bowl, we will have a lot of those football players there," she says.
Schie says they loaded up Thursday morning to make the 10-hour drive to Atlanta. She says the event is a lot of work, but it’s all for a very good cause.
“We are a blessed country. We’re blessed people. We have such things at our fingertips as getting in a car and going to a grocery store and buying whatever we want to buy, you know,” she says. "There’s so many people who can’t do that, and it’s just sad that in our country of such richness that we have people who cannot go to the grocery store and buy what they need for their family. Kids go to school hungry. It just breaks my heart.”
Schie says just by participating in the event, they’ll be bringing home at least $10,000 for the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, which will, in turn, help support community partners like the Greater Dover-New Philadelphia, Twin Cities, and Journey’s End food pantries. Schie says people can help them raise even more by going online and donating to their campaign.
"We’re asking as many people as we possibly can to jump online on our website at shycellars.com, go to our Facebook page, ask us…. You can call into the restaurant, ask us how you can contribute because it’s a 100 percent tax-deductible donation, and 100 percent of the money that we raise on the Kick Hunger Challenge website comes back to the Akron-Canton Food Bank, which supports our county."
The team that raises the most money will get an extra $5,000 to give to their charity. Pepsi will also be matching donations of up to $50,000 through Super Bowl Sunday.
This is the restaurant’s fifth year participating in the challenge, and they’ve raised over $100,000 to date.
STACEY CARMANY, TUSCO TV