Step Right Up

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma host 27th annual Chef’s Feast.

Cupcakes from Cuppies & Joe at last year’s Chefs’ Feast. Photo by Trawick Images, courtesy of Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Who doesn’t love the circus…and good food? This month, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum sets the table for Chefs’ Feast, benefiting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids child hunger program.

Angie Gaines, director of marketing and communications for the Regional Food Bank, says this year’s Chefs’ Feast will have a circus theme. “Step Right Up to Fight Hunger” will be Thursday, March 20, from 6-9 p.m. and will feature approximately 26 vendors.

“Chefs’ Feast is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year.  Since inception, the event has raised more than $1.6 million for the Regional Food Bank. This event, which benefits Food for Kids, is changing the lives of chronically hungry children in Oklahoma.

“Thanks to the dedicated chefs, sponsors, volunteers and guests, 500 students benefited from Food for Kids last year,” she says.

Food for Kids encompasses initiatives such as the backpack program, the school pantry, Kids Café and summer meals programs.

Besides great food, there will be music, great raffle items (including a $2,000 gift card to B.C. Clark Jewelers) and a wine pull. Attendees will also get to vote on their favorite foods of the evening.

Chef Don Thiery, instructor at Platt College in Oklahoma City, is co-coordinator for this year’s event. He says that Chefs’ Feast is an opportunity to give back to the community.

“This event gives [chefs] the chance to come together and create something beneficial for the community,” Thiery adds.

One of OKC’s premier food events, Chefs’ Feast is almost always sold out due to corporate and community support.

Chef Robert Johnson of US Foods, winner of 2013’s Foodie Favorite Award, says the experience is rewarding in many ways.

“This event is the ultimate feel-good event because we have a bunch of talented chefs coming together from all over OKC to cook their specialties to help fight childhood hunger. It just feels like a big party, but in the end, we raise a lot of money for the food bank,” he says.

Tickets are $120 each, and price includes food as well as complimentary fine wines and spirits. Patron tables are available for $1,400.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.



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