Chefs and the Community Come Together to Raise $80,000 for United Food Bank!

Chefs and the Community Come Together to Raise $80,000 for United Food Bank!

ARIZONA – September 15, 2011 – United Food Bank’s 8th Annual “Gourmets for Good” event generated $81,000, thanks to more than 75 businesses donating their time, talent, services and products. More than 250 guests enjoyed an evening of complimentary beer, wine and food tastings from nine different chefs/restaurants gathered at Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa on September 27 in an effort to fight hunger in our community.

The event, sponsored by many community sponsors including Emerson Network Power, Sundt Foundation, Albertsons, Nationwide Insurance, US Airways, Boeing, APS, Jerome Winery, Four Peaks Brewery and others was hosted by the Hilton that donated the use of the space. With the help of the many businesses donating to the event, costs to the organization were held to $10,000.

Chefs that participated donated their time, product and talent and served such items as seared Ahi tuna, salmon, rock shrimp, pork belly sliders, deviled eggs and a variety of desserts. Restaurants involved included T.Cook’s Warren’s Jazz Bistro, Zinc Bistro, Hilton East Phoenix/Mesa, District, Bonfire, Texas Roadhouse and desserts by Sweet Treats and Custom Cakes.

The debatable highlight of the event was an “Iron Chef Competition” led by James Quinones of Channel 12 and featuring two well-known Valley chefs, Chef Jon Paul Hutchins and Brad May, owner of Over Easy. The chefs were challenged to create a dish using items from a typical food box used from “Help Yourself” United Food Bank’s food purchase program. “The dish that Brad May made looked delicious and I wanted a bite, but watching Chef Jon Paul prepare his dish was magical – I thought he was going to chop his fingers off with how fast he was going,” said guest Carol Notaro.

JoEllen Lynn of Fry’s Food Stores surprised guests with an announcement of a $5,000 donation to United Food Bank and a challenge to give the organization an additional $5,000 if it could be matched by members of the audience. Guests responded and generated a collective $9,325, which Fry’s decided to match, making the total donation from Fry’s Food Stores more than $14,000.

About United Food Bank

United Food Bank is a private nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief/food assistance by collecting, acquiring, storing and distributing food and related commodities through a network of partner social services agencies in the East Valley, eastern Maricopa County, Gila and Pinal Counties and southern Apache and Navajo Counties. United Food Bank receives the prestigious four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, for its efficiency. For more information visit


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