(OKLAHOMA CITY) – March 7, 2019 - The metro's best chefs were on full display March 1 during Chefs' Feast 2019 as they helped raise more than $170,000 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Food for Kids Programs.
The total amount raised during the food tasting event was one the highest in the 32-year history of Chefs' Feast. Support from the chefs and community will ensure that 1,700 chronically hungry students will be able to receive meals for an entire year through a Food for Kids Program.
"We are blown away by the generosity of our community. Their kindness will help provide meals to thousands of Oklahoma children living with food insecurity," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. "Of course, Chefs' Feast would not be a success without the unending support of our chefs. We are so grateful for their hard work and dedication each year."
After a vote from guests, Chef Larry McNeal of McNeal's Catering took home the 2019 Foodie Favorite Award. Other participating chefs were Chef Jenn Snow of Junebug Catering, Chef Becky Hinson of Doyenne Events, Chef Heather Brehm of Wicked Hangry, Chef Kendall Curry of Chef Curry to Go, Chef Liz Howe of US Foods, Chefs Rachel Cagial and Gail Vines of Flip's Wine Bar and Trattoria, Chef Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock of Kam’s Kookery & Guilford Gardens, Chef Gary Arnold of Local-Homa at The Collective, Chefs Jay Mays and Michael Paske of The Hamilton, Chef Jonas Favela of Union Wood Fired Grill, Chefs Eddie Hartwick and Krysten Adams of SONIC Drive-In, Chef Patrick Williams of FLINT, Chefs Don Thiery and Pat Morris of Guckenheimer Café, Chef Andy Feldman of Platt College and Chef Aaron Ware of OSUIT.
The Regional Food Bank provided more than 2.3 million meals for chronically hungry children through the Food for Kids Programs last school year. This includes the Backpack Program which provides children who have been identified as food insecure with kid-friendly, nutritious food to eat over the weekend and holidays. Learn more about the other Food for Kids Programs by visiting rfbo.org/programs/food-for-kids.
Chefs’ Feast was sponsored by APMEX.com, BC Clark Jewelers, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Caption Partners, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the Chickasaw Nation, the Cresap Family Foundation, Dell Corporation, Devon Energy Corporation, Express Employment Professionals, Just Kids Pediatrics, Locke Supply, Lopez Foods, MVP Photobooth, News 9, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma Shirt Co., Paycom Payroll, Michael Pullen Design, Quik Print, US Foods and 110 Events.
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