Briefs: Lutefisk, Habitat and Women’s Basketball

North Park Alumna Appears on TV’s ‘Chopped’

CHICAGO, IL (March 14, 2012) – North Park University classmates probably wished Shanna Horner O’Hea was preparing their meals before she graduated in 1994. The alumna is appearing on the Food Network show “Chopped” on Tuesday night.

Some Covenanters will be familiar with one of the more unusual ingredients O’Hea had to use for her main dish – lutefisk. Titled “Plenty of Fish,” the episode features other unexpected items such as an Indian gourd, and for dessert, Chinese sausage and baby eggplant.

The format for the show includes four chefs competing in round one to create an appetizer featuring ingredients unveiled just before they begin to cook. Three chefs move on to round two to prepare an entrée with a new basket of ingredients, and the final round – the dessert round – reveals a winner.

O’Hea has had to keep the results a secret a long time – the episode was filmed last summer. “I agreed to participate for the challenge – putting yourself out there in uncomfortable, hard situations helps in personal and professional growth, which is so important when owning your own business.”

O’Hea and her husband, Brian, are co-owners of the Kennebunk (Maine) Inn and Academe. The restaurant was made famous by their lobster potpie, which was featured on the Food Network’s program, The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

O’Hea is the daughter of David and Sue Horner – he is a former president of the university, where she was a professor.

The episode will be replayed at midnight tonight (CDT) and again at 8 p.m. (CDT) on March 22. Hosted by Ted Allen, Chopped is in its 11th season.

If you cannot wait for the replays and want to see how she fared, click here.

Habitat Presents Award to Covenant Village of Northbrook

NORTHBROOK, IL (March 14, 2012) – Covenant Village of Northbrook recently was honored for its “extraordinary services” to Habitat for Humanity.

The Lake County affiliate of the international nonprofit organization presented the ReStore Donor Award to the retirement community for donating kitchen cabinets, sinks, refrigerators and stoves. The donations are part of the Northbrook community’s efforts to reuse, repurpose and think green as it remodels residences. The donation was multiplied because it created additional donations from other supporters.

“Our sponsoring organization, Covenant Retirement Communities, is one of the largest and most respected not-for-profit providers of senior housing in the country,” says Executive Director Neil Waryngora. “Being environmentally responsible and making sure that all possible materials are salvaged is part of our commitment to good stewardship.”

Covenant Village of Northbrook is a nationally accredited not-for-profit continuing care retirement community and is administered by the Board of Benevolence on behalf of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Moore Does Play-by-Play for NAIA 2 Tournament

SIOUX CITY, IA (March 14, 2012) – Richard Moore, pastor of Sloan Covenant Church, was the play-by-play announcer for the Tuesday night championship game in the NAIA’S Women’s Division 2 National Basketball Tournament.

Moore already has announced 10 contests in previous rounds: three opening-round games, five in the round of 16, and one each in the quarter and semi-finals. It is the sixth year that Moore has announced at the tournament, but is his first final.

Tournament sponsors became aware of Moore’s talent when they heard him doing color commentary and play-by-play for high school sports on a local radio station. He has provided commentary since 1999 for local sports that have included football, volleyball, girls and boys basketball, softball, baseball, and track.

His broadcast days date back to college in Greeley, Colorado, when he had a sports call-in talk show and subsequently did radio play-by-play and color commentary for radio stations in the 1970s and 1980s.

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