By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY-OK – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will host its 31st annual Chefs’ Feast on Tuesday, April 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. That evening guests will enjoy complimentary beverages and food prepared by some of the metro area’s finest chefs and restaurants.
Proceeds from this derby-themed, food tasting event will benefit the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Programs.
Co-chairing this year’s soirée are Chef Rob Johnson from US Foods and Chef Don Thiery from Guckenheimer Café “
Chefs’ Feast is an amazing event because it gives me the opportunity to share my culinary creativity in a setting that supports a cause we as Oklahomans should support,” said Chef Johnson. “The fact this event generates support to feed children in need of food across the state is not only humbling, but life changing.”
The evening will feature a raffle, wine pull and silent auction. The auction includes trips to New York, Tuscany, Costa Rica, Ireland, Hawaii, Florida, Greece; an Alaskan cruise; and a James Bond European experience, including stops in Switzerland, France and Italy.
Participating restaurants and chefs include: Chef Michael Paske, Café 7; Chef Rob Farris, Gages Steakhouse; Chef Aaron Miles, Park Avenue Grill; The Drake; Chef Eddie Hartwick, SONIC Drive-In Culinary Innovations and Whole Foods.
According to HungerFreeOK.org, one in four children in Oklahoma is food insecure, which means they have limited or inconsistent access to adequate food. These children have lower reading and math scores, more significant behavior and social problems, and lower high school graduation rates.
Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than three million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids, which includes the Backpack Program, Kids Café, Summer Feeding and the School Pantry Program.
Through the Backpack program, children are provided with a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Fridays to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.
Kids Café and Snack Sites programs provide food, mentoring, tutoring and a variety of other activities to children in central and western Oklahoma.
The Summer Feeding program offers free breakfast and/or lunch to children 18 and younger in low-income areas over the summer months.
In addition, the School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends.
Every $1,000 raised at Chefs’ Feast will feed 10 children through one of the Food for Kids Programs for an entire year.
Sponsors of the 2018 Chefs’ Feast include: APMEX.com, Devon Energy, Cresap Family Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, US Foods, 110 Events, News 9, QuickPrint, BC Clark Jewelers, Dell, Trawick Images, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Yelp and Lamar Outdoor.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger.
Individual tickets are $150 and patron tables with seating for 10 are $1,700. Early entry tickets are an additional $25 per person, which allow access 30 minutes before the doors open.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit chefsfeast.org or contact Kallie Mikles at 405-600-3193 or [email protected] To volunteer or learn more about the Regional Food Bank, visit regionalfoodbank.org.