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Send Childhood Hunger Packing

Food and Wine Tasting Event Benefits Regional Food Bank's Food for Kids Program

February 20, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - It's time to "Send Hunger Packing" at the 25th annual Chefs' Feast on Thursday, March 29th from 7 to 10 p.m. at the National Cowboy Heritage & Western Museum.  Enjoy culinary creations from 30 of the metro’s best restaurants, complimented by a variety of fine wines and spirits.  Proceeds from this international-themed food and wine tasting event benefit the Regional Food Bank's Food for Kids childhood hunger programs.

Participating restaurants include: Waterford Marriott, Trattoria il Centro, Aunt Pitty Pat’s Catering, Big Truck Tacos, Cafe 7, Chef's Requested Foods, Cooking Girl, EVOKE Mobile Coffee, Faculty House - University of Oklahoma, Gopuram Taste of India, Iguana Mexican Grill, INTEGRIS, Matthew Kenney OKC, McNeal's Catering, Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs, Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante & Bar, Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, Pachinko Parlor, Platt College, RED Prime Steak, RePUBlic Gastropub, Rococo, Sara Sara Cupcakes, Sodexo at Southern Nazarene University and Oklahoma City University, The Coach House, The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, The Ranch Steakhouse, Venue 104 Events & Catering, and West.

Chef Don Thiery from the Waterford Marriott and Chef Christine Dowd, owner of Trattoria Il Centro and Aunt Pittypat’s Catering, are co-coordinating the fundraising event.

Proceeds go to the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids childhood hunger programs, which serves more than 13,000 children each week.  Food for Kids fights childhood hunger through the Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, School Pantries and Summer Feeding:

  • Kids Cafe, an afterschool and summer program, provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to approximately 1,000 at-risk children at 18 sites in central and western Oklahoma. 
  • The School Pantry program provides food pantries in middle and high schools in central and western Oklahoma.  Currently, 31 school pantries provide food for up to 650 students each month.
  • The Backpack Program started in 2003 when an elementary school student passed out while waiting in the school lunch line on a Monday morning - all he had eaten over the weekend was a hot dog without a bun.  In nine years, the program has grown to assist more and more chronically hungry children. Currently, the program serves more than 11,000 chronically hungry children in 464 schools in 52 central and western Oklahoma counties.  Before receiving help from the program, many of these children had very little or nothing to eat between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday. 

Tickets are $120 and Patron Tables, which include reserved seating for 10 and two bottles of fine wine, are available for $1,400.  Tickets and Patron Tables are limited and must be purchased in advance.  Purchase tickets online today by visiting www.regionalfoodbank.org.  Contact Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109 or againes@regionalfoodbank.org for additional information. 

Since 1988, Chefs’ Feast has raised over $1.4 million to fight hunger in Oklahoma.   In 2011, The Chefs’ Feast raised more than $115,000 in net proceeds.

Chefs’ Feast is presented by Chesapeake Energy Corporation.  Sponsors include: 7 UP/RC Cola, B.C. Clark, Chef's Requested, Devon Energy, Distinctly Oklahoma, EatARoundOKC, Ideas in Ice, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Lamar Outdoor, Natural Water Company, News 9, QuickPrint, Republic National Distributing Company, Southwest Airlines, The Oklahoman, Trawick Images , and US Foods.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 825 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 430 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.


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