It's the 5th year of a remarkable event in Muskegon, Chef Prize is returning to tempt the taste buds of foodies from all over West Michigan from restaurants all over the Lakeshore and even into Grand Rapids. It's an event like no other celebrating food and libation along with elegance and purpose at the Hampton Green Farm in Fruitport which is know for it's Olympic level PRE Horses and for being a steward of helping are non profits spread their message and raise funds for their incredibly important tasks.
Chef Prize has grown in size and scope over those 5 years. Honing their event and always working to perfect what it's all about. Last year, it would seem that the perfect partner was found in the Kids Food Basket of West Michigan which works daily to feed over 8000 young people who will leave school in a food insecure state, meaning they are not sure if they will have an evening meal provided for them when they get home. Hear that again....over 8000 kids in our area who don't know if they will get dinner. It's a staggering figure and what's more....there's a waiting list of schools that need the support of the Kids Food Basket. So hard to believe that we struggle to feed kids in the world we live in today, but we do.
How do we combat that? We combine the areas love of food and the talents of our local chef's to come together at one spot, over one grand event and work to win YOUR vote for their dishes, and what dishes! Exotic main dishes....fun pub fare....indulgent desserts and some of the finest craft beer and local wine you'll find. A blue ribbon panel of judges...peoples choice awards.....local celebs....the list goes on and on and it's all to make sure that our precious kids don't go without.
It's a public event and it's your chance to see the stunning Hampton Green Farm and their championship horses. It's an opportunity to spoil yourself a little while you know your ticket price is going to help the most vulnerable and if nothing else...you get to rock out with Yard Sale Underwear, one of the areas most popular bands while enjoying the sites, sounds, tastes and smells!
I met up with mother daughter super combo Claudia Kerr Bryant from Hampton Green and Stephanie Kerr Cathey from Kids Food Basket to talk about this years incredible event. Take a listen.
An incredible team and an incredible event. Chef Prize is a rapidly growing and impact-full event that makes a real difference in the lives of our kids. It's becoming one of the "must hit" events on the Lakeshore and with the word spreading over to the restaurateurs of Grand Rapids....the future for Chef Prize and Kids Food Basket is looking very bright. Don't miss the fun on September 8th at Hampton Green Farm. We'll plan on seeing you there! To see a list of participating restaurants, breweries, confectioneries and more...click on the Chef Prize logo below! If you'd like to know more about Hampton Green Farms, you can follow the link by clicking on their photo below.