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More Than $100,000 Raised to Fight Childhood Hunger

24th Annual Chefs' Feast Food and Wine Tasting Event a Success

April 1, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - More than 800 guests helped “Hang 10 for Hunger” at the 24th annual Chefs’ Feast last night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  This tropical-themed food and wine tasting event, presented by Chesapeake Energy Corporation, raised more than $100,000 in net proceeds to support the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids backpack program, which will support 500 children in the program.

Guests enjoyed delectable food from 30 restaurants, while also enjoying fine wine, prize raffles and Polynesian Dancers. Coordinating chefs, Chef Don Thiery from the Waterford Marriott and Trattoria il Centro and Aunt Pittypat’s Owner and Chef Christine Dowd, were extremely pleased with the turnout and the fundraising results.

“Once again, the community supported this chef-driven event and helped make Chefs’ Feast an overwhelming success,” said Coordinating Chef Don Thiery.  “The participating chefs truly outdid themselves and provided guests with some of the best food you’ll ever taste in Oklahoma City.  I want to thank everyone who participated and attended the event.  I truly enjoy doing this every year, and can’t wait till next year.”

Guests also voted for their favorite chef to win the Foodie Favorite award, which resulted in a tie!  A big congratulations goes out the Chef Kathryn Mathis and Cally Johnson from Big Truck Tacos and Chefs Ryan Parrot and Chef Lee Bennett from Iguana Mexican Grill. 

Participating restaurants included:105degrees , Aunt Pittypat’s Catering; Big Truck Tacos, Cafe 7, Casady,  Cheever's Cafe, Chef's Requested Foods, Faculty House, University of Oklahoma, HSC, Gages Steakhouse, Iguana Mexican Grill, 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, 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.

Chefs’ Feast is an important event because it helps fight childhood hunger by benefiting Food for KidsFood for Kids provides chronically hungry elementary school children with a backpack filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly food on weekends and holidays throughout the school year. Currently, Food for Kids serves nearly 10,000 chronically hungry children in 367 schools in 49 central and western 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. 

A $200 donation will support a child in Food for Kids for an entire school year.  For more information on Food for Kids, contact Lisa Perry at lperry@regionalfoodbank.org or 405.600.7154. To learn more about Chefs’ Feast, visit regionalfoodbank.org.

Mahalo to the following Chefs’ Feast sponsors:  Presenting Sponsor Chesapeake Energy Corporation, 7 Up,  92.5 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.

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 388 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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