Metro Restaurants Cooked Up Kindness for Kids

More than $145,000 Raised for Regional Food Bank

Click here to view pictures from the 28th Annual Chefs' Feast.

OKLAHOMA CITY – March 27, 2015 – More than $145,000 in net proceeds was raised last night at the 28th annual Chefs’ Feast for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids programs.  Thanks to support from area restaurants and the community, 725 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 Pitty Pat’s Catering and Chef Don Thiery from Platt College for coordinating this successful event for a fifth year in a row.”

A big thank you to the following restaurants and chefs for participating: Aunt Pittypat's Catering, Co-Coordinating Chef Christine Dowd; Platt College, Co-Coordinating Chef Don Thiery; Back Door Barbecue, Chefs Kathryn Mathis and Amie Gehlert; Big Truck Tacos, Chefs Kathryn Mathis and Amie Gehlert; C2 Catering, Chefs Dustin Dunaway, Shawn Davidson and Daysha Brown; Cafe 7/Venue 7, Chefs J. Mays and Michael Paske; CocoFlow Chocolate Café, Executive Chocolatiers Kim & Gene Leiterman; Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts, Chefs Marc Dunham and Anna Banda; Gages Steakhouse, Chef Rob Ferris; Gaillardia Country Club, Chef Brett Mashore; Gopuram Taste of India, Chef Viral Mahta; Guernsey Park, Chef Paul Langer; Kam's Kookery and Guilford Gardens, Chef Kamala Gamble; Kitchen No 324, Chef Adam Halacka; McNeal's Catering, Chef Larry McNeal; Museum Cafe, Chef Henry Boudreaux; Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs, Chefs Kathryn Mathis and Amie Gehlert; Perk Place Café, Owners Jim and Natalie Meyer; Pizzeria Gusto, Chefs Kathryn Mathis and Amie Gehlert; Platt College, Chef Pat Morris; RED Prime Steak, Chef Chris Carr; SNU Dining, Chef Ian Wagner and Sous Chef Wendy Blackburn; SONIC Drive-In Culinary Innovations, Chefs Eddie Hartwick, Ben Coleman, and Kerry Marshall; The Chefs of Whole Foods Market OKC; The Coach House, Chef David Henry; US Foods, Chef Robert Johnson; and Vito’s Ristorante, Chefs Cathy Cummings and Justin Barboza.

This year, C2 Catering, Chefs Dustin Dunaway, Shawn Davidson and Daysha Brown, received the most votes from guests and won the 2015 Foodie Favorite Award.

Chefs’ Feast was sponsored in part by 7 UP- Snapple, B.C. Clark Jewelers, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, COOP Ale Works, Cresap Family Foundation, Devon Energy Corporation, Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine, Ideas in Ice, Lamar Outdoor, Magic 104.1 KMGL, News 9, Quality Beverage Company, Quik Print, 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.  Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 2.7 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs: the Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding, and School Pantries.   

  • The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends.
  • Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.
  • Kids Cafe and Snack Sites, provide food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to at-risk children in central and western Oklahoma.
  • The Summer Feeding program provides meals to children 18 and under over the long summer months when free and reduced price meals are not available at school.

The Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 47.8 million pounds of food and products through a network of nearly 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 110,000 hungry Oklahomans.

Together, we can solve hunger.  For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 110,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more nearly1,200 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 550 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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