My name is Seth Elgar. I’m a Bloomington native, Chef of a few restaurants for you all for the past decade, and a member of the board of directors for the Community Kitchen of Monroe County for the past 6 years. The Chefs’ Challenge event is how I became acquainted with Community Kitchen, and I wanted to share my perspective with you in hopes that you’ll be in attendance for this year’s competition.
For those who have been to the annual Chefs’ Challenge here in Bloomington, I am preaching to the choir…I’m hoping that this message reaches a multitude of those who have not, because I want to share the joy and impact that this event creates! Not just for the attendees, but the recipients of thousands of meals which get supplied each year due to the generosity of those in attendance, and the event sponsors who help to make it all possible. There is nothing like it in Bloomington, and it is always a great show!
Each year a list of local Chefs put their name in the “hat” to be voted upon to compete on the stage in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. This year it is Corbin Morwick of One World Catering, Bob Adkins of Truffles, and Chris Hoppie of Farm competing for the Golden Spatula award. All three contestants are graciously taking time out of their very busy schedules to donate an evening to entertain all in attendance with their approach to the secret seasonal ingredient, which will be presented to them mere minutes before taking the stage. They will then have a few minutes to plan their approach, before the clock starts ticking, then preparing multiple courses of rapid-fire foods in a one-hour competition right before your eyes!
So, now that you know why you need to be in attendance, all you need to decide is how much do I want to experience this event? General admission for the show is $30, and a spread of complimentary appetizers and snacks from local area independent restaurants await you with a cash bar in the lobby. There are also the bistro seats on the stage, where participants get to try the foods prepared by the competitors while drinking beer and wine on the stage above the Chefs. Those seats are up for auction ( https://unitedcountrycoffey.hibid.com/catalog/137071/12th-annual-chefs-challenge—bistro-seat-auction/ ), ending at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 27th. Having been a competitor on the stage, a member of the crowd, the service manager of the bistro seats, and an auction winner, trust me when I say that you don’t want to miss out on trying each and every creation on that stage…By far the best seats in the house!
Great food, and an even better cause. That’s the theme for the evening and I hope that you can join us on Sunday, July 29th to experience it for yourselves. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I’ll see you there!
Seth Elgar, Board Member