This Thursday, September 13 at Liberty Station in the NTC Promenade, the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) will hold it’s biggest fundraising event of the year: the Eighth Annual Chef Showdown.
|Last years winning team: Paul McCabe, Anthony Sinsay, Nick Shinton, JC Colon, Amy DiBiase, Chad White|
- Amy Dibiase – The Shores
- Dawn Parks – Wild Thyme Co.
- Joe Magnanelli – Cucina Urbana
- Paul McCabe – Delicias
- Bobby Mariner – Viejas
- Hanis Cavin – Carnitas Snack Shack
- Matt Gordon – Urban Solace
- Rachel King – Searsucker
- Anthony Sinsay – Burlap
- Augie Saucedo – Donovan’s
- Scotty Wagner – Chi Cuisine
- Chris O’Donnell – La Villa
See anyone from any of your favorite restaurants listed? I see several!
|Fine Dining at the Chef Showdown.|
Time to get serious ... Why am I telling you about this event?
It’s not often that I write event previews. Sometimes, though, one of the several press releases I get in my inbox will strike a chord within me and I am compelled to share it so that perhaps it will strike a chord in you.
You see, CCS is a very special organization to me. They assist thousands of women, men and children who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse here in San Diego. They operate the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The Center also provides hospital and court accompaniment for rape survivors and provides two 24-hour emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for victims of violence and their children.
Sadly, I’ve known people who were victims at one point or another in their lives. The truth is, that even one victim is too many. When I found out about this one-of-a-kind culinary event, I knew I had to spread the word. The Center does important work and needs our help to keep it going.
In the beginning there was Isabel …
Chef Showdown was started over 8 years ago by Board Member and local restaurateur Isabel Cruz, owner of Isabel’s Cantina, Coffee Cup and Barrio Star.
"This event provides the city of San Diego a fun and inventive way to be involved in an issue that affects us all. Violence is not just a women’s issue, but a community one. The awareness that Chef Showdown provides and funds raised are crucial to assisting tens of thousands of families break the cycle of violence and get the help they need."
Chef Showdown is co-chaired by Dee Dee Castro, Community Relations manager from Viejas. Last year, the charity event raised over $126,000 for CCS. This year, the goal is to earn at least $100,000. In addition to the Showdown, attendees will have the opportunity to taste an array of delectable creations from more than 25 participating restaurants, sample a variety of wines, and bid on auction items.
Source: Photos and information courtesy of event promoters.