2021 information will be announced at a later time.

Sit Down For Dinner . . . Stand Up Against Leukemia!


Six Courses for a Cure is the result of the creative genius of Executive Chef Roger Thomas, Beverly Hills, CA. and Pete Olsen, owner of The Tasting Room, Wadsworth, Ohio.

After meeting Gerry and Marti Cowden at a family celebration and hearing the story of their daughter Meredith and her courageous battle against leukemia, Roger and Pete suggested the idea of a wine dinner to benefit the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation.

Both Pete and Roger have hosted and participated in many wine dinners to raise funding for charities and worthwhile causes in northeast Ohio, specifically the Akron area where the Cowdens live.

The evening will begin with cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres created by all of the participating chefs. Details to be announced.
The cost to attend this cocktail attire event is $150 per person including valet parking.

Chefs’ VIP Table will be offered at $5,000 for a table of eight. It will include personal attention by each of the chefs as well as a very special gift for each couple.

Wine Table Sponsorships will be offered at $2,000 with seating for eight. The guests attending at this sponsor level will also receive a special memento of the evening.

The monies raised at this fabulous gourmet event will be used to fund a medical symposium dedicated to Graft vs Host Disease, its complex issues, research, education and resources available to patients and physicians. GvHD, which is a complication of a life-saving bone marrow transplant, results when the patient’s body (Host) is attacked by the new immune system (Graft) created by the bone marrow transplant. Sadly, it can cause death if not controlled. This will be the only symposium in the United States solely dedicated to this malady.

For more information, you may contact the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation at
or call (330) 864-1978.

Six Courses For A Cure

Event Details

Where & When

2021 information will be announced at a later time.




Roger Thomas

Executive Chef
Viceroy L’Ermitage

Brendan Meeker

Fairlawn Country Club

Aaron Hervey

Owner and Executive Chef

Anthony Scolaro

Owner and Executive Chef
111 Bistro

Chef Roger Thomas

Executive Chef – Viceroy L’Ermitage

As the story of my career continues to unfold, I am reminded more and more of what got me to this place; hard work, a great love for food and community, the unconditional support of a loving family, and the generous sharing of knowledge by my mentors.

One of the many things that I am grateful for is that I can use what I have learned to help others, as we do with Six Courses for a Cure. It humbles me to know that other chefs, so busy with their own venues, are willing to join me for this important cause. Add to that the unbreakable commitment of the Cowden Family, the Foundation volunteers and many others that make this event a reality, and truly a force of its own.

Lastly and most significantly is the generous participation of our guests. It is your presence and giving that propels this force forward in our fight against GvHD, and for that, I cannot thank you enough.
It is both an honor and a privilege to prepare for this year’s event, and I am truly looking forward to seeing the future of this foundation continue to unfold.

Viceroy L’Ermitage

Chef Brendan Meeker

Fairlawn Country Club

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio where I graduated from St. Vincent-St Mary High School, I became interested in cooking at a young age because of the great cooking of my Grandmothers and their ability to cook wonderful food for a large group of people. I attended college at Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Island, where I earned my degree in Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage Management.

Trying to learn all the different cuisine of our country I worked in ten different states from east to west coast. I have had the opportunity to work for great companies like Marriott, Corporate Clubs of America, Sheraton, Crown Plaza & Adams Mark. Teaching me an array of management and teaching styles. Locally I had the pleasure of learning from Chef Ed Valente, Abe Moses, Tom Dillon, Bill Crocker & Myron Vernos. All who taught me how to take care of the guests, patrons, and members, trying to succeed their expectations and take ownership of all I do.

In 1999, I opened up Meeker’s Kitchen in downtown Akron and was there for four years. Featuring eclectic food and Irish fun. I spent eight years of my career at the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio, where I featured a life challenge at Glenmoor and focused on healthy cuisine with a lot of different culinary options. The last three years have been at Fairlawn Country Club where it has been like a family reunion. I grew up around here and it has been fantastic cooking for Fairlawn Country Club families.

I am always asked what my specialty is; my response is whatever I am cooking at that moment. Meaning, that we should pay total attention to every item and totally focus on quality at all times. Taking care of the member is the top priority. I tell my staff we are not in the food business in a country club but we are in the member business because the member is the priority.

This is a great honor to be back in my hometown cooking for a lot of the people I have known for years. Plus working for one of the top country clubs in the State of Ohio, which has always been a desire of mine.

Fairlawn Country Club

Chef Aaron Hervey

Owner and Executive Chef – Crave

Born in Akron. Grew up and graduated from Stow High school.

A graduate of Akron U. Culinary Arts.

1989-1992 Sheraton suites, Cook all positions, and p.m. sous chef.

1992-1994 Tavern Steakhouse at Quaker Square, Executive Chef

1994-1996 The Inn at Turners Mill, Executive Sous Chef.

1996-1998 Diamondback Brewery Executive Sous Chef.

1999-2001 Old Whedon Grille, Executive Chef

2001-current Crave, Owner and Executive Chef

Married, Father of one resides in West Akron.


Chef Anthony Scolaro

Owner and Executive Chef – 111 Bistro / TRIO

Anthony is the Chef/Owner at 111 Bistro in Medina and TRIO in Cleveland. Chef Scolaro and business partner Meghan Pender opened 111 Bistro in June of 2014, recently celebrating their second year of being in business. Located at 2736 Medina Rd, the restaurant offers a quality dining experience in a very relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Chef serves a seasonally driven menu with a focus on quality and locally sourced ingredients. In addition to a changing menu, 111 Bistro hosts a variety of specialty dinners where guests can experience, for example, a uniquely crafted menu with wine pairings. His unique view of food and talents in the kitchen have landed him features in Cleveland Magazine and Akron Life Magazine, making the success of 111 Bistro no surprise. As the proud recipient of a variety awards from organizations like the American Culinary Federation, March of Dimes and others, Chef Scolaro credits his success to a long and diverse history in the industry.

Anthony developed a passion for food at a very young age and comes from a family where a love for cooking was always abundant. He began on his path at the age of thirteen when he first began working in kitchens and has never looked back. His resume is packed full of experiences in nearly all types of culinary arenas including banquet halls, catering, hotels and hospitality, country clubs, private dining services and fine dining establishments just to name a few. Chef Scolaro graduated with honors from the University of Akron and obtained two degrees during his time as a Zip. He has great pride in the education he received and he now volunteers at the University to help the current students through lectures and hands-on training in the kitchens. In a continued trend of giving back, Scolaro actively participates in charity events with organizations like March of Dimes, United Way, and the Akron Zoo.

When not in the kitchen Scolaro’s main hobby is his family. He and his wife Colleen have been married for over 7 years and thanks to her incredible support he was able to achieve his dream of being a restaurant owner. Together they are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Leah (5) and Dominic (3), who are their world. As local Wadsworth residents, the Scolaro’s are proud to be a part of this community and look forward to many years of sharing in its growth.

111 Bistro


Victor Todaro

Head Chef
The Merchant Tavern

Ben Freeman

Sous Chef
111 Bistro

Chef Victor Todaro

Head Chef – The Merchant Tavern

Born and raised in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood, Victor has been cooking since he was a young boy. Working side by side with his Nonni (grandmother) and his family at Todaro’s Party Center, Victor began his culinary career at a young age. He’s worked for many of Akron’s top chef’s and restaurants including The Harbor, Shingo Cantina, The Grotto, Papa Joe’s, Russo’s, & The Chowder House.

With a true passion for food & cooking, Victor has honed his craft over the past 17 years. He has come to be known as one of the area’s premier chef’s. Since 2013 he has been the Head Chef at The Merchant Tavern in Akron’s Merriman Valley. His efforts have been recognized in local publications and by the guests, he serves by winning several awards for his work. More important to Victor though, is that every meal he creates is enjoyed by those he serves.

The Merchant Tavern

Sous Chef Ben Freeman

Sous Chef – 111 Bistro

Our purpose is to create and offer a quality dining experience with innovative, sophisticated and valuable menu choices; in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere by a knowledgeable, accommodating staff. We are a local, current and inviting restaurant that expands our customer’s palates and provides memorable dining experiences by serving creative, quality products with excellent, friendly service.

111 Bistro