Personalities from WVLT bookended my Saturday. I started the day by helping out at the Shoney’s KidCare Photo ID Program. Star 102.1 and WVLT are the media sponsors. Allison Kropff and Sara Shookman worked the same shift as me. David Aldrich showed up to relieve them. Of the three, I had previously met Allison. She told the others that I regularly watched their noon newscast. They wanted to know if I downloaded Chef Walter’s recipes. That got me started on a mini-rant about how the cooking segment spent too many precious seconds showing the floral centerpiece instead of showing the food.
I didn’t know until I arrived that Chef Walter Lambert would be one of the other judges along with Missy Kane, Tony Spezia, Marilyn Roddy and others at the Pasta Cook-off benefiting Family Promise of Knoxville that evening. I had voiced a TV spot for the event a couple of months ago and was asked to be a judge when Kim Hansard had a scheduling conflict. My choices for the top three pastas were the same as most of the other judges. I liked a buttery three-cheese ravioli, a spicy Cajun penne and a refreshing pasta salad made with grapes, nuts, celery and chicken.