Timken’s perfect night out

W.R. “Tim” Timken Jr. is one of those people in the community who needs no introduction. He is the former CEO of the Timken Co. and chairman of the board of directors.

W.R. “Tim” Timken Jr. is one of those people in the community who needs no introduction. He is the former CEO of the Timken Co. and chairman of the board of directors. He served as U.S. ambassador to Germany from 2005 to 2008. He has dined at the White House and has had the best food Germany had to offer.

Nothing beats home cookin’, though.

Over the years if something needed to be done in the community, Timken was involved. Now retired, Timken still calls Stark County home. He travels and spends parts of the winter out West, but Canton still is his home base.

picks_benders2The one place Timken must dine is a staple in Stark County. He loves the seafood at Bender’s Restaurant in downtown Canton. Bender’s gets its seafood flown in fresh daily from Foley Fish in Boston, Massachusetts, and, in season, it gets products raised in Ohio. “The seafood there is amazing,” Timken said. “There isn’t any one kind when I go; it’s all kinds.”

The Nantucket Cape scallops, mined just off Martha’s Vineyard, and the soft shell crab are some of Timken’s favorites during the winter months at Bender’s when he is in town. If he is there for lunch, you’re likely to see him sating his appetite on Bender’s quiche Lorraine, or a seafood combination quiche with crab and shrimp. They don’t make it like that in Germany, even for the ambassador.

There are not many perfect nights with Timken’s busy schedule, but if he is meeting business partners for dinner, it would be at Baker’s, with dessert at Taggart’s. If it is a social night, Timken said, he would mix in a stop at the Zimmerman Symphony Center, still, he believes, one of Stark County’s hidden treasures.

“There are a lot of great things about Canton that I like,” Timken said. “It’s too difficult to narrow it to a few.”