Chefs for Habitat fundraising gala is Saturday

Low-income families that need homes will benefit from Chefs for Habitat: A Gourmet Gala on Saturday night.

Habitat for Humanity’s eighth annual fund-raiser, the gala will be at the Reign Event Center in Twilley Shopping Center.

It will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring complimentary champagne and appetizers by Jeremy Dashiell of Vittles Food truck and Chef Tony Hilligoss of Wicomico County’s Culinary CTE Program.

Appetizers will include a charcuterie table, smoked potato soup shooters, Italian teriyaki and pineapple sausage bites and Eastern Shore crab dip.

Guests may sample roasted steamship round of beef, sundried tomato stuffed pork loin, creamy duck risotto, shrimp and grits, aligot potatoes, curry falafel, blt Caesar salad cups and smoked potato soup shooters from Jeremie Burns of Burns Catering, Daniel Mears of Reign Event Center & The Rabbit Hole, Gerry Patt of The Marina Club, Captains Cove, Jason Myers of Roadie Joe’s, Arturo Suazo of Sobo’s Wine Beerstro, Jeremiah Burns of Cultured Corners & The Rabbit Hole and the Rising Chefs of Wicomico County’s CTE Culinary program.

Vegetarian options will be available.

Dessert and coffee will follow with offerings from pastry chef Susan Patt of Cake Art and Ugly Pie owners Heather Hall, Shania Bounds and Bridget Perry.

Local celebrity sous chefs will be Aaron Johnson, Anthony Darby, Ashton Donoway, Dee Copeland, Gil Allen, J.D. Schroen, Jamie Gladden, Jenna Bowne and Mandy Gladden.

They were paired with chefs to see who could make whipped cream the fastest and most accurately. A video showcasing the amusing outcome is at chefsforhabitat.com, along with a link to vote for best celebrity sous chef.

The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

“This is our largest, single fundraiser. We usually raise about $40,000,” Molly Hilligoss, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, said.

Proceeds will be used to build homes for future Habitat homeowners who, when the structures are finished, will assume a 30-year, no-interest mortgage from Habitat.

“We have some great silent and live auction prizes, including an all-inclusive trip, except airfare. It includes food, alcohol, activities,” she said.

Prizes include a 10-night cruise to the British Isles; trips to the Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic and Barbados; chefs who are auctioning themselves; a private baking party at The Ugly Pie; signed baseballs; and an array of jewelry.

Entertainment will be by DJ Last Call. Zach Johnson.

Tickets cost $75. See chefsforhabitat.com/tickets.html.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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