By Kevin Kelley
More than 250 Westlakers celebrated the city’s 200th birthday with food and dance at Mayor Dennis Clough’s Culinary Bicentennial Ball, held Nov. 12 at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility.
The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby. Later, guests had the option of small dishes from 20 Westlake restaurants set up along the perimeter of the ballroom. The miniature entrees included Lola burgers from B Spot, lobster macaroni from Menaro’s, and tacos, burritos and enchiladas from Si Senor.
Restaurants donated the food. Funds raised from the $75 tickets to the ball and the silent auction will help pay for the bicentennial clock that will be installed on Hilliard Boulevard at Westlake City Hall. The dedication ceremony for the clock will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday.
FOX 8’s Kenny Crumpton served as emcee for the night. Crumpton made a gaffe early in his introductory remarks, saying the New Year’s Eve ball drop was held in conjunction with Westlake’s sister city in Scotland. The crowd corrected him, noting that Tralee, Westlake’s sister city, is in Ireland.
Crumpton recovered quickly.
“That was a good New Year’s for me, obviously,” Crumpton said. “I can’t remember it.”
Mayor Clough thanked the attendees for their participation and involvement in the city’s bicentennial celebration programs.
“It really takes people to make a great community,” the mayor said. “Westlake has been blessed for more than 200 years with having great people getting involved.”
Westlake has changed greatly since the day when Leverett Johnson first settled in what is now Westlake, Clough said. Over time, the city has been blessed with many people who have been generous in sharing their time to improve their community, he noted.
“That’s why we have a great quality of life here,” the mayor said. “That’s why we’re going to have a great place for our future generations to enjoy for many, many years.
“If we give back to make our community better, our nation better, we can make the world better.”
Community Services Director Joyce Able Schroth, whose department sponsored two genealogy programs during Westlake’s bicentennial year, presented the mayor with a plaque displaying his family tree.
Clough’s four great-great- grandparents came to America from Ireland, Schroth said, and his family has lived in Cuyahoga County since 1850.
Jaclyn Todd, from the mayor’s office, and Steve Novak co-chaired the event.
Restaurants that supplied food for the Culinary Bicentennial Ball were 87 West, Aladdin’s, B Spot, Brio, Cabin Club, Gray House Pies, Houlihan’s, Ironwood Cafe, La Campagna, Menaro’s, Moosehead Saloon, Rae-Ann Pastry Chef, Rusty Barrel, Savannah Bar & Grille, SB Eighty One, Si Senor, Spoon Me, Stonehouse Grill, Viva Fernando and Zoup.