Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. (QCAP) invites guests to cook up some fun at its Third Annual Best Chef fundraising event Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.
The competition pits some of the area’s most celebrated chefs against each other in a battle of culinary skills. The event, hosted by Dave Andelman of the Phantom Gourmet, features the talents of Chef Ming Cao of the Fuji Group; Chef Tony Derienzo of Abby Park; Chef Joel Hathaway of the Neighborhood Club of Quincy; and Chef Paul Wahlberg of Alma Nove and Wahlburgers.
“We are so grateful to the chefs, their restaurants, judges, and our supporters for contributing their talent, time, and resources to this event,” said Beth Ann Strollo, QCAP’s executive director. “Thanks to their efforts, we hope to have a fun and exciting night while also raising critical funds so that we can continue to deliver our core services.”
The challenge: In a race against the clock, the chefs must use secret ingredients
commonly provided by QCAP’s Emergency Food Center – the organization’s food pantry. Using only a convection oven and a handful of portable burners, they must take these basic ingredients and create a gourmet dish for the esteemed panel of judges. The judges will score them based on taste, originality, use of secret ingredients, and plating. The chef with the most points will be crowned “Best Chef.”
“These are ingredients that our clients use on a daily basis to create healthy and tasty meals for their families, all within a very limited budget,” Strollo said. “Making a healthy meal is a challenge for any family and it’s even harder when you have limited resources to buy food.”
The judges won’t be the only culinary connoisseurs that night. Guests can weigh in on their favorite chef in the “People’s Choice” competition. The participating chefs will be providing dishes that reflect the flavors and styles of their own restaurants. Guests can sample their dishes and vote for their favorite chef.
“Each chef and restaurant brings a different perspective and flavor profile so our guests will certainly be in for a treat,” Strollo said.
The night will also feature raffles and live and silent auctions, including a week vacation in Aruba; two sets of Putnam Club seats to the New England Patriots; a diamond necklace valued at $2,500; a family excursion package to the Great Wolf Lodge; autographed memorabilia; sporting and entertainment event tickets; fine art; and golf, restaurant, and spa gift certificates.
Tickets are $100 per person and $175 per couple. Event proceeds will benefit QCAP programs, which serves nearly 20,000 unduplicated people annually in Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Milton, Hull, and surrounding Norfolk County, South Shore, and Metro Boston communities. In addition to the Emergency Food Center, services include adult education and workforce development, financial literacy education, Head Start early education and care, family engagement activities, heating assistance, affordable housing, homelessness prevention, mortgage foreclosure counseling, and housing services.
Major sponsors include Bank of Canton, Stop & Shop, State Street, Woodard & Curran, Granite Links, the Law Office of George Burke, Eastern Bank, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, Mutual of America, Loomis & Sayles, and Quincy Mutual, among others.
For more information on QCAP and to purchase tickets, visit www.qcap.org