Get Fresh Chef Challenge

03/08/18 06:00PM - 09:00PM

Gifts in the Moment Foundation (GITM) is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Get Fresh Chef Challenge, a very special evening that will feature the area's best chefs competing for both People's Choice (chosen by guests) and Judge's Choice (chosen by a select panel of judges). The event will benefit a very important cause in Central Illinois: GITM's Good Food Recovery program. 

One family out of every six in Central Illinois does not know where their next meal is coming from, while 40% of food in the U.S. is wasted, often ending up in a landfill. Good Food Recovery, "The Uber for Food," is the solution. Good Food Recovery improves the availability of healthy food alternatives to food banks, food pantries and kitchens through donated fresh vegetables, fruit and prepared meals. Recovering unsold, surplus food is easy with Good Food Recovery’s Web application called ChowMatch, which matches food donations with hunger relief organizations and volunteer food runners for transportation. 

Chefs will be challenged to create small plates using at least one locally-grown ingredient (grown within 100 miles of Peoria), and winners will be chosen by both guests and judges. Winner announcements and a celebration toast will follow with champagne and live media coverage.

Eugene Daniel of WMBD will be our emcee for the evening. He will be introducing the chefs and their dishes, and Eugene will also host a LIVE auction featuring some amazing prizes, such as private chef dinners.

Seating will be available but not guaranteed for every attendee. Interested in reserving or sponsoring a seated table for eight (which includes 2 bottles of wine and/or champagne)? Reserve your table here.


Chef Golda Ewalt, OSF
Chef Dustin Allen, Edge
Chef Jeffery Madden, Kemp 208
Chef Gabriela Morin, Eat and Evolve
Chef Jessica Seidel, Iron Spike Brewing
Chef Mike Decourcey, Bistro 101
Chef Martha Huebner, Trefzger’s Bakery
Chef Vince Swanson, Cracked Pepper
Chef Seth Higgins, Hearth Restaurant
Chef Raul Salazar, Noir Tapas & Rendezvous Lounge

General admission tickets include small plates from all ten chefs. A full bar will be staffed on-site with plenty of beverages available for purchase.

Mark your calendars to attend this very special event at The Warehouse on State at 6pm on Thursday, March 8. The challenge will feature delicious food, live jazz and a great time for a very important cause.

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Location: Peoria River Front Association