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I’m excited to be a guest at a great event benefiting one of my favorite local non-profits — Gleaners Community Food Bank. This foodie event is the perfect opportunity for a date night or to gather friends and head out for a great cause — helping keep our neighbors food secure!
My mom and I absolutely loved attending last year.
If you aren’t familiar, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to 528 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout Southeastern Michigan.
In 2018, Gleaners distributed more than 43 million pounds of food to neighbors in need. On average, Gleaners distributes 96,000 meals each day including providing nourishing food and nutrition education to 171,000 children a year. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.
Those numbers sure are impressive…But not without the help of generous donors.
2019 IRON CHEF FOR GLEANERS
To raise much-needed funding, Gleaners is hosting an Iron Chef benefit, which is now in its 15th year.
During the past 14 years, this annual culinary competition has raised funds for more than 2 million meals, feeding thousands of families. They do fantastic work for our community and families — period.
This year’s competition will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Bordine’s Nursery in Brighton.
Competitors featured are former champions, so you know it’s going to be an amazing and lively competition!
- Chef Eirik Kauserud, Executive Chef, Hell Saloon
- Chef Jody Brunori, Executive Chef, The Laundry
- Chef Steve Pilon, Wooden Spoon & El Arbol Taqueria
- Chef Tammy Young, Executive Chef & Owner, Great Lakes Chef and Catering
- Chef Patrick Srock, Executive Chef, Detroit Golf Club
- Chef Craig Myrand, Executive & Culinary Director – Adam Merkel Restaurants (Diamonds Steak & Seafood; Howell & Royal Oak, The Silver Pig, Cello and Pinky’s Rooftop
Just like the popular TV show, the competition will challenge each chef to prepare a meal. There is plenty of lively commentary throughout to keep the audience informed of what’s going on. Additionally, there will also be an Iron Chef Mixology Competition where cocktail connoisseurs will be tasked with creating an award-worthy beverage.
Guests at the event will enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages from local purveyors and brewers. A fantastic silent auction will also be available.
- Authentic Entertainment LLC
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Little Diablo Salsa
- Grand Traverse Pie Company
- Leos Coney Island Genoa Twp.
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop
- Thai Express Brighton
- Red Brick Kitchen & Bar
- United Dairy Industry of Michigan
- MOD Pizza
- Pi’s Asian Cuisine
- Cozy Inn
- Kona Ice of Brighton
- Witch’s Hat Brewing Company
- Atwater Brewery
- Cooking Matters Michigan
- 1883 Bistro & More
- Eternity Brewing Company
- Independence Villages Brighton
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the competition begins at 7 p.m.
May the best chef and mixologist win! Make sure to follow me on Instagram at @MrsWebersNeighborhood to see live stories from the event.
I’m excited to be able to give away TWO sets of TWO tickets. Perfect for a date night! Must be age 18+ to win. Giveaway ends on July 26, 2019.
More great non-profits promoting food security can be found here.