Contact: Marcia Paulson, (701) 232-6219
Great Plains Food Bank to Host 17th Annual Chefs’ Gala & Auction
Event aims to raise more than $75,000 for the Daily Bread perishable food recovery program
Fargo, N.D. - (October 1, 2014) - The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, is preparing to host one of its signature events. The Chefs’ Gala & Auction is marking its 17th year as an event that raises money for the Daily Bread perishable food recovery initiative of the Great Plains Food Bank, serving Cass and Clay counties. This event has quickly become one of the region’s most anticipated evenings of the year, with chefs from 25 participating restaurants and beverage purveyors tempting the taste buds of gala guests with their award winning dishes. This celebration brings together people who have a passion for both good food, and ending hunger in our community.
Daily Bread recovers surplus food from more than 60 food industry donors and distributes it to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other charitable feeding programs in the Cass-Clay community that serve individuals struggling with hunger. Last year, Daily Bread recovered food for 2.3 million meals.
The Chefs’ Gala & Auction will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Ramada Plaza & Suites in Fargo. It features area chefs serving their signature dishes, a silent auction, and a “wine pull.”
Tickets for the event are $75.00 at www.fmchefsgala.org or by calling Cari at 476-9125. Group reservations also available. Daily Bread can recover food for 10 meals for every charitable dollar received through this event.
Media Segments and Interviews: The media are welcome to reach out to any of our participating chefs. The chefs listed
below are prepared to visit with the media and welcome interviews, photos, and video of their preparations.
The Beefsteak Club (1st year at this event)
Executive Chef, Scott Motschenbacher
612 1st Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102 Phone: (701) 356-3656
The Beefsteak Club is modeled after the original Beefsteak Clubs from London. It does not classify itself as fine dining or casual dining, but a place people will want to be dining. Executive Chef Scott Motschenbacher is extremely personable and his excitement about all things culinary is comes through when he talks about food and The Beefsteak Club. He would be fantastic during a cooking segment in studio, or during an interview in The Beefsteak Club kitchen in downtown Fargo.
Breadsmith (12th year at this event)
Executive Chef, Rob Roberts, Breadsmith
1617 32nd Avenue South, Fargo
Phone: (701) 470-8000 (Breadsmith phone, best reached there daily 6:30 a.m. to Noon)
Rob’s Cell Phone: 701-866-7977
Breadsmith specializes in hand-crafted artisan breads made fresh from scratch using the highest quality ingredients. In addition to crusty European-style breads, Breadsmith makes soft-crusted sandwich breads, specialty breads, and a wide variety of cookies, muffins and sweets. Rob would love to have members of the media see him putting all of these specialties together in the Breadsmith kitchen. Rob is also a great storyteller and would be a fun interview.
Fargo Country Club (17th year at this event)
Executive Chef, Dotty Curry
509 26th Avenue South, Fargo, ND Phone: (701) 237-9122
Dotty Curry has been the food and beverage director for the Fargo Country Club for 30 years and also holds the executive chef position. Dotty creates a variety of top-notch food, but is best known for the Signature Sweet Bacon made for the Chefs’ Gala & Auction. Dotty has worn many hats at the Country Club and has a lot of experience, especially with the Chef’s Gala. The Fargo Country Club helped start the event 17 years ago and hosted the first two events before it grew big enough to require a larger venue. Dotty’s crew will be working early on Oct. 8, preparing 40 pounds of sweet bacon for that evening’s event.
Love in the Oven Bakery (2nd year at this event)
Executive Chef, Casey Steele, Love in the Oven Bakery
Fargo, ND Casey’s Cell Phone: (701) 388-1137
In 2010, Casey Steele started Love in the Oven Bakery, which specializes in sweet treats and desserts for weddings and events. Her claim to fame is Mini Cake Bites. Casey also owns and operates Square One Rental Kitchen near downtown Fargo and welcomes the media to visit her as she prepares some of her signature dishes. Casey is friendly, outgoing, personable, and would give a sweet interview.
MState Culinary Arts Program (17th year at this event)
Executive Chef Randall Toenges
Executive Chef Colleen Kraft
201 17th Street South, Moorhead Phone: (218) 299-6500
The MState culinary arts students will present items that are masterfully prepared under the watchful eyes of their professors. Colleen Kraft has invited members of the media to gather interviews, video, and photos of her students at work in class preparing for the Chef’s Gala. The program’s students have been part of this event since its beginning.
Mosaic Catering, (10th year at this event) Mezzaluna, and Rustica
Executive Chef Eric Watson
309 Roberts St N, Fargo, ND Phone: 371-8830
Eric believes food should be prepared with quality ingredients and classic technique, combined with a simplistic approach. A staple in the metro area’s restaurant scene, Eric will be representing Mosaic Catering, which celebrates 10 years at this event, and restaurants Mezzaluna, downtown Fargo, and Rustica, new to downtown Moorhead. Eric is familiar with media interviews, live television, and food demonstrations. He would be great in studio or in one of his restaurants’ kitchens.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 321 programs (food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs) operating in 113 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983 the Great Plains Food Bank and its partners have distributed food for more than 107 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need with affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status; and a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.