The 2nd Annual Crozet Culinary Competition for Charity is set for September 19th
This Thursday, five local restaurants will compete in a fast paced hour of friendly and fierce culinary competition featuring a mystery basket of local ingredients. The culinary competition, which sold out last year, is designed to benefit two different, non-profit organizations each year. This year’s recipients will be Crozet Arts and The Crozet Lions Club. The event is held at The Lodge at Old Trail in the heart of Old Trail Village.
Husband and wife team Eddie and Pat Keomahathai from Bangkok 99 were last year’s winning team. They will be defending their title against Jason Fitzgerald – Southern Way Café, Mark Cosgrove – Fardowner’s Restaurant, Ryan High – da Luca Café and a Finazzo family team from Sal’s Restaurant.
Guests will enjoy an action packed display of culinary expertise while sampling complimentary chef prepared hors d’ oeuvres and desserts from Lodge Executive Chef Jesse Kaylor. Guests can also browse and bid on artwork donated by more than 60 local artisans for the silent auction. Local wines from King Family, White Hall, Veritas, Grace Estate, Afton Mountain, Well Hung, Flying Fox, Stinson and Early Mountain Vineyards as well as microbrews from Starr Hill Brewery and Blue Mountain Brewery will be available at a cash bar.
Four judges, two celebrity judges and two audience members, will sample the entrées and desserts prepared by the competing chefs. Raffle tickets will be sold to win the two open and highly coveted seats at the judge’s table. The celebrity judges selected this year are Henry Graff, NBC29 reporter and Mike Marshall, editor of The Crozet Gazette. The chefs will be vying for bragging rights and a trophy to be displayed in the winning restaurant for the next year.
Crozet Arts plans to use proceeds from the Culinary Competition to establish a scholarship fund to support community participation in the ballet, music, theater, visual arts and yoga programs they offer for children, teens and adults, as well as support the purchase of infrastructure items and supplies.
The Lions Club plans to direct the funds it receives to support a financial assistance program that provides eye glasses and hearing aids to local citizens who could otherwise not afford such a purchase and also to help fund two community college scholarships they grant each year to a deserving student from the Miller School and Western Albemarle High School.
The event begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Tickets can be purchased at competing Crozet restaurants, The Senior Center in Charlottesville, King Family Vineyards and The Lodge at Old Trail. Tickets purchased at the door are $25, but remember, this event sold out last year.