1st Annual Meatball Fest – Pandola Learning Center

1st Annual Meatball Fest – Pandola Learning Center

January 8, 2017 – Little Italy Lodge

Pictured (LtoR) Joey Gardella, Joe Benny’s owner; and Phil Fiore, meatball eating contest winner

Pictured (LtoR) Ann Costlow, Sofi’s Crepes founder; Stephan Kowalcysyk, Provencher & Do. business development director; Rick DiMarco, DiMarco Brothers Painting owner; and Marilyn DiMarco, Annapolis-based artist

Pictured (LtoR) Tony Walmsley, Little Italy Lodge volunteer; Amedeo Ebrahimpour, Osteria di Amedeo owner; and Pat Novak, Mercy Medical Center nuclear physicist

Pictured (LtoR) Michael Hudak, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office assistant state’s attorney; Marcella Volini, Baltimore-based artist; and Thomas Volini, retired contractor

Pictured (LtoR) Billy Hood, Baltimore-based nonprofit manager; Lily Roggenkamp, Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center development coordinator; Anabel Reyes, Anne Arundel County Department of Health environmental health specialist; and Francis Reyes, Anthem senior health promotion consultant

Pictured (LtoR) Margaret Occhiogrosso-Miller, Best Meatballs contest winner/Aldo’s Italian Restaurant event manager/bartender; and Ron Matz, WJZ TV reporter

Pictured (LtoR) Event volunteers: Joanne Mandato, Salon Method owner; Bob Taylor, retired Baltimore city firefighter/Little Italy Lodge past president; Kimber Goodwin, Blonde Marketing president; and Leesa McShane, Elm Group director of business development

Pictured (LtoR) Alanna Clements, Anne Arundel County Public Schools American Sign Language teacher; Cecilia Traini, Comptroller of Maryland attorney; David Traini, B&D Plumbing owner; and Christina Traini, retired baker

(January 8, 2017) To say the “1st Annual Meatball Fest” was a success was just a bit of an understatement. The food fest at the Little Italy Lodge was a sellout, with folks jamming the place to sample a variety of the scrumptious little spheres. It all benefited the Pandola Learning Center in Little Italy.

The afternoon event also featured a best meatball contest, and a meatball eating contest. All of the ┬ácontestants of the latter were still smiling as they posed with event organizer Joey Gardella, Joe Benny’s owner.

Sloane Brown

Baltimore's longtime fashion and social scene reporter, Sloane is the founder/managing editor of Baltimore Snap.