Cooking Matters Maine, a program of Good Shepherd Food Bank and Share Our Strength, is partnering with Grace Restaurant to create an evening full of excitement and culinary drama. In this unique version of a "Chopped Challenge," cheer on your favorite local chef while providing support for Cooking Matters Maine, which empowers low-income families with the knowledge and skills to prepare healthy delicious meals at home on a tight budget.
Please join us on Sunday, May 19 at 5pm for an entertaining night to delight the senses and enjoy delicious, award-winning food!
The talented competitors taking part in this Chopped Challenge are: Mitch Gerow of the East Ender, Jason Loring of Nosh Kitchen Bar, Jeff Landry of The Farmer's Table, and Peter Sueltenfuss of Grace.
Judges for this competition include Chef Rob Evans, Owner of Duckfat and Runner-up Chopped Champion, and Joe Ricchio, food editor at Maine Magazine and host of the successful web-based series Food Coma TV.
In addition, many local restaurants & beverage companies will offer tastings, including:
• Eventide Oyster Company • The Foreside Tavern •
• Pepperclub/ Good Egg Café •Trattoria Athena •
• The Holy Donut • LFK • Maine Mead Works •
• Buck's Naked BBQ • One Fifty Ate/Pocket Brunch •
• Local 188 • Figa Catering • Nappi Distributors •
• New England Distilling • Cold River Vodka • Allagash Brewery •
• Portland Hunt and Alpine Club •
• The Market at Pineland Farms • Polar Beverage Company •
Cash bar with specialty drinks will be available for purchase.
Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters® empowers families at risk of hunger to shop for and cook healthy, affordable, and delicious meals as part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. Locally in Maine, Cooking Matters is implemented through a partnership with Good Shepherd Food Bank and Maine SNAP-Ed*.
Portland’s most visually distinctive restaurant, Grace, is housed in a former church, faithfully restored in 2009 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In this dramatic, inspiring space, centered by a large, lively bar and surrounded by vaulted beams and stained glass, chef Peter Sueltenfuss serves inventive, locally sourced New American food, offering what Boston Magazine called a “divine experience.”
Since 1981, Good Shepherd Food Bank has partnered with local hunger relief agencies, businesses, civic groups, and many others to fight hunger and build community relationships.
*Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE).
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