By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The 2016 Chef’s Feast will be held on Thursday, March 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The theme this year is “Score Against Hunger at the Chefs’ Feast Tailgate Party.”
The 29th annual food-tasting event benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids programs.
“Our chefs outdo themselves every year, and this year is no exception,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Guests will enjoy mouthwatering dishes from the best restaurants in the metro. Donations from Chefs’ Feast benefit our Food for Kids programs, which fights childhood hunger.”
One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day. A $200 gift will support a child in Food for Kids for an entire school year. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 3.2 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs.
Mouthwatering dishes designed to follow this year’s Tailgate sports theme will be presented from some of the metro’s best restaurants. The event also features a variety of fine wines, beer and spirits, which are included with the ticket price.
Participating restaurants and chefs include: Aunt Pittypat’s Catering, Co-Coordinating Chef Christine Dowd; Platt College, Co-Coordinating Chef Don Thiery; Back Door Barbecue, Chef Kathryn Mathis; Big Truck Tacos, Chef Kathryn Mathis; Boulevard Steakhouse, Chef Jonas Favela; Cafe 7/Venue 7, Chefs J. Mays and Michael Paske; CocoFlow Chocolate Café, Executive Chocolatiers Kim and Gene Leiterman; Cloud 2 Ground Culinary, Chef Ian Wagner and Sous Chef Wendy Blackburn; The Drake, Chef Chad Willis; Dunaway Hospitality Group, Chefs Dustin Dunaway, Shawn Davidson and Daysha Brown; Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts, Chef Anna Banda; Gages Steakhouse, Chef Rob Ferris; Gopuram Taste of India, Chef Veeral Mehta; Guernsey Park, Chef Paul Langer; Kam’s Kookery and Guilford Gardens, Chef Kamala Gamble; The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, Chef Garret Myer; Metro Technology Centers, Chefs Travis Williams and Brandon Baldwin; Museum Cafe, Chef Henry Boudreaux; Pizzeria Gusto, Chef Kathryn Mathis; RePUBlic Gastropub, Chef Boo Hee Thomas; Rococo, Chef Josh Partain; Slaughter’s Hall, Chef Johnathon Goth; SONIC Drive-In Culinary Innovations, Chef Eddie Hartwick; US Foods, Chef Robert Johnson; and Whole Foods, Chefs Terri Nelson, Madeline Saunier, Sara Alvarez, Nicole Bonavolont and Jonothan Trotter.
Individual tickets are $130 in advance. Patron Tables, which include reserved seating for 10 and two bottles of wine, are available for $1,500. Seating is limited and participants must be 21 to attend. Purchase tickets online by visiting chefsfeast.org.
Chefs’ Feast is sponsored by: BC Clark Jewelers, Chesapeake Energy Corp., COOP Ale Works, Cresap Family Foundation, Devon Energy Corp., Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Ideas in Ice, Lamar Outdoor, Magic 104.1 KMGL, News 9, QuikPrint, Riverwind Casino, Trawick Images, US Foods and Yelp.
Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.
Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 49.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,250 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
The organization provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,250 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
The Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 600 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.
Because of the popularity of this event, if an attempt is made online to purchase tickets and none are available, contact Meredith Diers at 405-600-3174 or [email protected]. To learn more, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.