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Annual Bench-Bar culinary event stirs Eastern Market

A “Grilling Good” time took place at the 11th Annual Bench-Bar Culinary Challenge June 13 at the Eastern Market in Detroit. The event, organized by independent group of judges and lawyers, featured the “Grilled From the Bench” team of Judges Connie Kelley, Kathleen McCarthy, Shalina Kumar, Kathleen Ryan, and Qiana Lillard. Cooking for the “Grilled By the Hour” team were Symantha Heath, Susan Elkouri, Elizabeth Jolliffe, Jeff Feikens, Vincent Manzella, and Randall Chioini. The event served as a fund-raiser for the WLAM Foundation Student Scholarship Fund, Alternatives for Girls, and Crossroads for Youth, and raised more than $30,000 to be evenly divided among the three.