Mill Creek MetroParks to present the Farmer & the Chef event

Mill Creek MetroParks will present the Farmer & the Chef, sponsored by WFMJ/WBCB, on Saturday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the MetroParks Farm (7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield). Local chefs will create dishes from fresh, locally sourced ingredients from area farms/producers. Patrons can sample food, craft beer, and enjoy the music of Gail George and Donkey Engine. Proceeds from the Farmer & the Chef support Mill Creek MetroParks agriculture education programs which reach more than 10,000 children annually. Tickets are $50 each and are can be purchased by calling 330.702.3000 or visiting

Participating chefs are David Armstrong of Cater 2 U, Danny Catullo of Catullo Prime Meats, Gordy Jelic-Lettieri of Gordy’s Specialty Market, Melissa Poland of Ghossain’s Gourmet Mediterranean Foods, Rebecca Cranshaw of The Georgetown, and Michele Barratt of The Flaming Ice Cube. Participating farms/producers are Angiuli’s Farm Market, Badurik’s Butcher Block, Catalpa Grove Farm, Dandelion Lane Farm, G. Burbick Farms, Gia Russa, Haus Apple Orchards and Cider Mill, Iron Roots Urban Farm, Lucky Penny Farm & Creamery, Molnar Farms, The Lettuce People, and White House Fruit Farm. Desserts will be provided by Selah Restaurant and Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt. Coffee provided by Joe Maxx Coffee Company. Sampling and tasting of olive oils and vinaigrettes provided by Deer Creek Olive Grove.

Sponsors and special contributors are vital to the success of the Farmer & the Chef, and without them, this event would not be possible. This year’s sponsors are: Platinum Sponsor – WFMJ/WBCB; Gold Sponsors – Packer Thomas, Schwebel Baking Company, Superior Beverage, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, T. R. Party Centre, and Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates; Silver Sponsors – All Points Physical Therapy, Buckeye Lawn Service, Denise DeBartolo York, Do-Cut Sales & Service, Gina Cimmento Dancers, Huntington Bank, and WYSU-FM; Bronze Sponsors – 1820 House Candle Co., Fitness Together, Gardening Indoor, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt, Mahoning County Farm Bureau, The Social Studio, and Something New Florist & Events.

Mill Creek MetroParks Preventative Maintenance Closures

Multiple parking lots and paved areas throughout Mill Creek Park will be temporarily closed for annual asphalt sealing and preventative maintenance. Work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 3 and will continue for approximately one week. Lots will reopen for public use when work is completed.

Several prominent areas scheduled for maintenance include East Golf Hike/Bike (Rt. 224 entrance), Newport Wetlands, and trails at Yellow Creek Park and Wick Recreation Area. While the lots are closed, the facilities they support will remain open and accessible for public use. Private rentals of cabins and pavilions will not be affected by this project. Please use alternate parking lots to access these facilities when lots are closed.

In the event of inclement weather, the work schedule will be delayed and adjusted accordingly. For more information about this project or Mill Creek MetroParks, visit our website at