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Second Harvest Chef’s Gala goes virtual for 2021

Live, free event includes celebrity chefs joining the audience virtually in their home kitchens to prepare a meal using food typically available in the local food shelf. The audience, at home, can engage with the celebrity chefs by voting for them with a gift to Second Harvest, which feeds the hungry in the region.

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The celebrity chef who receives the most votes during the virtual 11th Annual Chef's Gala, essentially raising the most funds throughout the evening for the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, will be named the 2021 Celebrity Chef of the Year. Submitted photo

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank will host its 11th Annual Chef’s Gala at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, as a live virtual event.

During the live event four celebrity chefs -- Megan Kellin, Katie Benes, Dr. Chris Reilly and Jim Hoolihan -- will join the audience virtually from their home kitchens where they will be cooking a meal using food typically available in a local food shelf.

Professional chefs will be on the Reif Performing Arts Center stage in Grand Rapids watching and judging their cooking techniques. The audience, at home, can engage with the celebrity chefs by voting for them with a gift to Second Harvest. The celebrity chef who receives the most votes, essentially raising the most funds throughout the evening, will be named the 2021 Celebrity Chef of the Year.

“That is right, the ultimate decision is up to our audience,” Second Harvest stated in a news release.

“As an additional option to the event, as a way to give back to our community, individuals can preorder a take-out meal, from a special Gala Menu that has been designed by our premier chefs,” Second Harvest organizers reported. “Forest Lake Restaurant, Pickled Loon Saloon, Sweet Amelia’s Cupcakery and Timberlake Lodge Restaurant are represented on this menu and have supported the Chef’s Gala through the donation of food, time and volunteers for many years. Meals should be ordered directly from the restaurant(s) of your choosing.”

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Tickets are required to attend the event but because of Sponsors like Paul Bunyan Communications and Super One Foods tickets are free.

Information about the event, menu options and tickets can be found at: https://one.bidpal.net/chefsgala or contact Second Harvest’s Development Director at 218-999-4135.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank provides food for the hungry in their region. Through their network of local member agencies and their direct service programs, thousands of people receive a hot meal or groceries to help them get by. For more information on Second Harvest, their member services, their programs or how to help view their website at www.secondharvestncfb.com or contact them at 218-326-4420.

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