It's 5 years strong and bigger and better than ever. Chef Prize makes it's triumphant return to the gorgeous surroundings of Hampton Green Farm in Fruitport September 9th and you are invited out to enjoy culinary delights, delicious libation, fantastic cooking demonstrations and music to play to the heavens all day. The finest chef's from all over West Michigan and further will be testing their skills in all areas of taste bud delights to see who goes home with the awards from the expert panel, the peoples choice and more! It's become an event of the grandest scale and not only does it give area foodies a chance to try something unique and fun, the proceeds go to a unique and very worthy beneficiary every year, and this year it's Kids Food Basket of West Michigan.
The purpose of the event is what it's really about. Every night, in West Michigan Kids Food Basket provides thousands of meals to kids who go home to food insecure houses. It might be an economic issue, it might be the fact parents are working more than one job. No matter the reason, Kids Food Basket makes sure that no kid goes home to no dinner. They are provided a "sack supper" which includes a protein....such as a sandwich, a piece of fresh fruit and a healthy snack. This provides the nutrition that a young brain needs to develop and a young body the energy it needs to grow. You'd also be surprised to find out that the need, well, it isn't exactly "someone else's" problem. This is an issue that effects people silently. No one really talks about food insecurity. It's not easy to admit that you're struggling when it comes to providing the basics, so...it could be your neighbor, or maybe even a relative who relies on the services of Kids Food Basket.
The event itself, come ready to eat! At the time of publishing this, there are 24 restaurants and chef's lined up to compete. There will be everything from BBQ to beef and cupcakes to brews. Great sampling opportunities will be in abundance and don't be shy. You will probably find some pretty exotic dishes to try as well as some favorite standards that will bring you right back to center after your adventure when it comes to palate pleasers. Breweries, distillers and wineries will be represented as will plenty of dessert places so if you need to wet your whistle or have a sweet tooth that needs to be taken care of, you'll find all you need.
Entertainment will be provided by Ruth and Max Bloomquist as well as a return of Natchez Trace for an afternoon filled with acoustic folk and classic rock favorites and as a guest of Hampton Green Farm, you'll be able to see some of the worlds most beautiful champion PRE horses that have competed in the Olympics and more! It's an actual working farm for these amazing animals, so take a chance to see them while you can.
Stephanie Kerr Cathey is the Executive Director of the Kids Food Basket in Muskegon and we met up at Hampton Green Farm to talk about this years Chef Prize event, take a listen.
It's a world class culinary affair set in a championship setting that most people don't even know is here in Muskegon County. Take a Sunday afternoon off to enjoy the best of the best in everything to help Kids Food Basket assure that our young people don't go to bed hungry at night. It's an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone when it comes to what you normally eat and it's a chance to be a part of the greater good. You can click on the image below to visit the Chef Prize website to see all of the participating chef's and restaurants! We'll see you at Hampton Green Farm September 9th!