Being the growing city that we are, Raleigh has some pretty cool events going on. The best kinds of events, of course, are those that involve food. Lucky for all of us Triangle Foodies, there is an awesome event coming up throughout February and March that will satisfy our foodie cravings, while supporting a great cause as well. The event is called Cooking for a Classic, and features 16 local and regional chefs in this year’s inaugural competition. The competition is hosted by The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary. This organization helps children up to age 11 who are dealing with mental and emotional health challenges, behavioral issues, and other challenges. The Lucy Daniels Center works with about 700 children and their families each year to treat children through a therapeutic educational setting and individualized programs.
This year the Lucy Daniels Center decided to do something a little different for their fundraiser, which they hope will raise as much as $200,000 for the nonprofit. Cooking for a Classic is set up as a cooking competition. All 16 chefs will be paired with another chef to compete on one of eight different nights. Each chef will create three small plates, as well as a cocktail, wine, or beer to pair with that dish. The dishes will then be served to guests as a six-course meal with alcohol pairings. After the meal, guests and celebrity judges will vote on the best dishes throughout the night. We are also very honored that we were asked to be a judge for one of the dinners! After voting, the chef who wins each night will move on to the next round until the winner is crowned. The winning chef will be awarded a restored 1969 Corvette Stingray (hence the name: Cooking for a Classic). Along with your six-course meal there will also be chef-designed auction packages and an opportunity to meet the chefs.
All of these dinners will be hosted by 1705 Prime and Rocky Top Hospitality, who love both food and philanthropy. Round one starts February 20, and the final dinner will be held of March 27. Tickets are on sale now for all four rounds and start at just $50. Remember, that $50 covers a six-course meal and six alcoholic beverages! All proceeds from these ticket sales will go towards the Lucy Daniels Center. We can’t wait to see what these amazing chefs cook up in this unique competition, and we love supporting such a great cause as well. If you can’t make it to one of the dinners, you can also go to the Lucy Daniels Center website to support them.