For the fourth year in a row, a team of metro Detroit attorneys can say that they wield more power than judges.
Well, when it comes to cooking, at least.
As part of the June 5 annual Bench Bar Culinary Challenge fundraiser, the “Grilled by the Hour” team of attorneys Mark Granzotto, Lynn Capp Sirich and Elizabeth Hardy got the most votes in a live grilling cookoff to best the “Grilled from the Bench” team.
Appellate attorney Granzotto’s fare was grilled vegetables and eggplant caponata, while Hardy of Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton PLC had baby back ribs, and Sirich of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC provided beef tenderloin sliders.
The judicial team was made up of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly, Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Gleicher (who happens to be Granzotto’s wife), and 17th District Judge Judge Karen Khalil, who served up salmon sliders, chicken tenderloins with three dipping sauces, and lamb-sirloin kafka, respectively.
The fifth annual event took place at the Grosse Pointe Park home of Court of Appeals Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly.
As with years past, state and local judges, attorneys and their guests got to vote for their favorites via purchased tickets. And while the Grilled by the Hour’s voting box ultimately was packed nearly twice as high with tickets as the Grilled from the Bench’s, at least one attendee was overheard saying, “It doesn’t matter; the judges will always get the last word, anyway.”