Betty Timko, a noted restaurateur in Northwest Ohio was known for her signature Betty’s Salad, Betty’s Dressing and for her compassion for not only the people that she worked with but the community as a whole. Betty Timko is also known for leaving her mark on the 20th-century food scene. Betty helped build and expand businesses that provided quality food service and enduring food products and taught innovative cooking concepts. She was a leader in the food industry at a time when women were not always major player.
Betty started her career in the food service industry in high school where she worked as a waitress and helped her mother in the kitchen of Islay Dairy Store in Tiffin, Ohio. Beginning 1955 to 1962 she served as a Church Hostess at Collingwood United Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio where she was a member. In 1956, Betty won the Mrs. Toledo title in the Mrs. America Contest sponsored by the Young Matrons of the Y.W.C.A. After this award, she began catering in the homes and churches of different organizations, special people and events.
Food and Beverage Director
Betty Timko, a noted restaurateur in Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan, is affiliated with the Holiday Inn restaurant entities and several free-standing restaurants. In 1967, when she joined Holiday Inn-Toledo-Perrysburg (now called the “French Quarter”) as a partner of Motor Inn of Perrysburg, Inc, she managed The Wooden Indian Restaurant and served as Food and Beverage Director for the company through 1976.
Restaurant Manager of the Year
During her career, Betty received various top-honor awards. In 1971, she was named “Restaurant Manager of the Year” for all the Holiday Inns International System with approximately 1,300 Inns participating. She won the award again in 1973. In 1974, she was chosen as one of the Top Ten Managers for the Holiday Inn International System.
Won the Hospitality and Outstanding President Award
Second Generation of Timko’s
The second generation of Timko’s: Betty’s son Tim Timko and his wife Chris, take over ownership in 1995 and carry on the family business for over twenty years.
A Recipe for Betty Timko
Written by a loyal employee
Take: One Gracious Lady
Add: Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue
Combine: With a jolly heart laced with a sprinkle of chuckles
Stir in: Love of people and desire to serve others
Blend in: One overflowing cup of wisdom, used in a special way to help us at the restaurant as we go on our way
Toss in: Warm helpings of friendship, served with a heart of kindness
Mix together: For the best ingredients, a lady will ever know — Betty Timko!