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Cooking Up Kindness

24th Annual Chefs' Feast Food and Wine Tasting Event Benefits Food for Kids

February 22, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - It's time to "Hang 10 for Hunger" at the 24th annual Chefs' Feast on Thursday, March 31st from 7 to 10 p.m. at the National Cowboy Heritage & Western Museum.  Enjoy culinary creations from 28of Oklahoma City's best restaurants, complimented by a variety of fine wines.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Regional Food Bank's Food for Kids backpack program. 

Participating restaurants include:105degrees , Big Truck Tacos, Cafe 7, Casady,  Cheever's Cafe, Cheever's Catering and Events, Chef's Requested Foods, Faculty House, University of Oklahoma, HSC, Gages Steakhouse, INTEGRIS Southwest, Iron Starr Urban BBQ, McNeal's Catering, Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante & Bar, Pachinko Parlor, Platt College, RED Prime Steak, Republic Gastropub, Rococo, Sara Sara Cupcakes, Season's Catering, Sodexo at Southern Nazarene University, The Coach House, The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, The Ranch Steakhouse, The Tasting Room, Trattoria Il Centro, Will Rogers Theatre, Waterford Marriott, 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 event.

"Nothing is more fundamental to the success of a child than the need for food and proper nutrition,” said Chef Dowd.  “It is our honor and duty as chefs to do whatever we can to ensure that the next generation of Oklahomans can focus on their dreams and not their next meal."

In addition to fine food and wine, guests at this tropical-themed event will enjoy music, Tahitian dancers and a wine pull. Raffle tickets will be sold for a variety of prizes, including a trip for two on Southwest Airlines and a necklace from B.C. Clark Jewelers valued at more than $1,000.  A miniature goldendoodle puppy will be also be auctioned off as part of the evening’s fundraising activities. 

Tickets start at $100 and Patron Tables, which seat 10 guests and support a child in the Food for Kids program, cost $1,400.  Purchase tickets online today by visiting www.regionalfoodbank.org.  Please contact Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109 or againes@regiaonlfoodbank.org for additional information.

Mahalo to the following Chefs’ Feast sponsors:  Presenting Sponsor Chesapeake Energy Corporation, 7 Up92.5 KOMA, B.C. Clark Jewelers, Chef’s Requested, Devon Energy Corporation, Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine, Event Planning by Leilani, Inc., Glazer’s Oklahoma; The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Ideas In Ice, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Natural Water Company, News 9, The Oklahoma Gazette, QuickPrint, Southwest Airlines, Trawick Photography, Trochta’s Flowers, and U.S. FoodService.

Last year, Chefs’ Feast raised more than $100,000 in net proceeds – enough to support 500 children in Food for Kids.  Through Food for Kids, chronically hungry elementary school children receive a backpack filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly food on weekends and holidays throughout the school year. 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.

The Regional Food Bank thanks the Decoration Committee for donating their time for this worthy cause:

Chris Verity, Claudia Robertson, Jamiee Zorio, Kimberly Beck-Hill, Lezel Safi, Lynda Mobley, Mae Williams, Mary Reneau, Sherri Price, and Sue Timberlake.

View photos from Chefs’ Feast 2010.


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 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 384.5 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org to see the new counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.


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