Friends of the Northborough Senior Center hosts first Italian Spaghetti Sauce Cook-Off

Cook-off Planning Committee

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Northborough – The Friends of the Northborough Senior Center held its first Italian Spaghetti Sauce Cook-Off Oct. 12 at the Whitney Place Senior Living. By all accounts it was huge success – “delizioso”!

Approximately 35 residents were in attendance including Northborough Selectman Timothy Kaelin and his two boys, T.J., 6, and John, 3. They dined with Kerri Martinek, a member of Northborough’s Planning Board and her mother, Madelaine Krovitz, who was visiting from North Carolina.

Attendees were greeted by Friends of the Northborough Senior Center Vice President Henry Squillante.  He explained that the judging would be conducted by the attendees. As such, each guest judged the sauces by their aroma, thickness, color, flavor and aftertaste.

“We have six chefs that cooked six sauces,”  explained Anita Hagspiel, President of the Friends organization.

Not only would the attendees be getting a delicious meal, they would also serve as the events judges, she added.

The menu also included cheese and cracker boards and salad served family style for each table, with bread sticks donated by The Olive Garden Restaurant. The meal was accompanied by a choice of red or white wine and capped off with coffee and dessert.

The winner of the cook-off was Bob Savage who was presented with a gift certificate to A.J. Tomaiolo’s Restaurant in Northborough.

Tickets were sold for $25 in advance to attend the event. All funds raised will further the work of the Friends who support the Northborough Senior Center by helping purchase needed items, provide Health Clinics and assist seniors with their oil bills, among other things.  For more information, visit

Photos/Melanie Petrucci

Jim Priest and Joe Kelly
Selectman Tim Kaelin with sons T.J and John and Madelaine Krovitz and Kerri Martinek
Bob Savage, cook-off winner
(l to r, standing) Vicki Killeen, Kelly Burke (Dir. of senior Center,) Adrienne Cost, (l to r, sitting) Cohar Bartlett and Elaine Murphy