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Metro Restaurants Cooked Up Kindness for Kids

More Than $126,000 Raised for Regional Food Bank

March 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITYMore than$126,000 in net proceeds was raised last night at the 27th annual Chefs’ Feast for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program.  Thanks to support from area restaurants and the community, 630 chronically hungry students will have access to food over weekends and school holidays.

“We want to thank all of the chefs, guests, sponsors and volunteers for helping us fight childhood hunger,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “We also want to thank Chef Christine Dowd from Aunt Pittypat’s Catering and Chef Don Thiery from Platt College for coordinating this successful event.”

A big thank you to the following restaurants and chefs for participating: Chef Don Thiery from Platt College and Chef Christine Dowd from  Aunt Pittypat’s Catering, are co-coordinating the event for a fourth year in a row.   Participating restaurants and chefs include: Aunt Pittypat's Catering , Co-Coordinating Chef Christine Dowd; Platt College, Co-Coordinating Chef Don Thiery; US Foods, Chef Robert Johnson; Back Door Barbecue Chefs Cally Johnson and Kathryn Mathis; Big Truck Tacos, Chefs Cally Johnson and Kathryn Mathis; Catering Connection, Chef Dustin Dunaway; Cafe 7, Chef J. Mays; Cheever’s, Chef Quinn Carroll; Chef's Requested Foods, Chef Ken Bradford; CocoFlow Chocolate Café, Executive Chocolatiers Kim & Gene Leiterman; Cuppies & Joe, Elizabeth Diefenderfer; Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts, Chef Marc Dunham; Gages Steakhouse, Chef Rob Ferris; Gopuram Taste of India, Chef Veeral Mehta; Guernsey Park, Chef Vuong Nguyen; Kam's Kookery and Guilford Gardens, Chef Kamala Gamble; Kitchen No 324, Chef Boo Hee Thomas; Local, Chef Kyle Mills; McNeal's Catering, Chef Larry McNeal; Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs, Chefs Cally Johnson and Kathryn Mathis; RePUBlic Gastropub, Chef Sam Parrett; Saturn Grill, Chef Joseph Royer; Sodexo Dining @ SNU, Chef  Ian Wagner; The Coach House, Chef Kurt Fleischfresser; Iguana Cafe and Iguana Mexican Grill, Chef Pat Morris; The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, Chef Jonas Favela ; University of Oklahoma, Chef Grant Watson and Whole Foods, Chefs Terri Nelson Jonathan Tophoj , Jonothan Trotter, and Jennifer Loffland. 

This year, Chefs Quinn Carroll and Lee Bennett from Cheever’s received the most votes from guests and won the 2014 Foodie Favorite Award. Click here to download a photo.

Chefs’ Feast sponsors included: 7 UP- Snapple, B.C. Clark, Chef's Requested, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Devon Energy Corporation, Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine, Ideas in Ice, Lamar Outdoor, Magic 104.1 KMGL, News 9, Quality Beverage Company, QuikPrint, Riverwind Casino, Trawick Images , US Foods and YELP.

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.  To learn more, or to make a donation to Food for Kids, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.   

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2013, the nonprofit distributed nearly 48 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,000 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 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 500 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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