While traditional wine-paired dinners and cocktail party style fundraising events remain en vogue in the region’s dining scene, the last few years have seen an increase in the popularity of Iron Chef-style live competitions like Baltimore’s summer-long Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament and DC’s Capital Food Fight. Getting in on the trend, the leadership at St. Agnes hospital opted to trade out their traditional annual fundraiser for a similar style competition concept co-hosted with Chef Bryan Voltaggio.
“The Supper” event—a night promising “saintly dishes and sinful delights”—will feature four local chefs chosen by Voltaggio to compete in three savory rounds at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore on the evening of April 23. The competing chefs were announced at a cocktail hour event hosted at Chef Voltaggio’s Baltimore location of his modern Italian restaurant, Aggio, on February 2.
Round one of the competition will feature Chef Ben Lefenfeld of La Cuchara and Chef Patrick “Opie” Crooks from Woodberry Kitchen (with James Beard award-winning chef, and owner of WK, Spike Gjerde in a throwback role as sous chef) battling against each other to compose dishes highlighting fish. Preparing meat-based plates in the second round will be Chef Zack Mills of Wit & Wisdom, competing against The Food Market’s Chef Chad Gauss.
Each victorious chef from the first two rounds will battle it out in the third round, creating Maryland-themed dishes utilizing ingredients to be revealed just before the final portion of the competition begins.
In addition to acting as emcee of the event alongside James Beard nominated food writer Julia Bainbridge, Voltaggio will also be providing the dessert course.
Attendees of the fundraiser will have the opportunity to enjoy each of the courses and vote for the “crowd favorite”, while the dishes will be formally judged by those in a group of eight who choose to purchase a judging ticket for the competition. The eight judges will also participate in live discussion with the emcees throughout the evening.
All proceeds from ticket sales for the event are donated to the St. Agnes Hospital Foundation which provides up to $15 million dollars in charity care and community giving each year and awards grants that support the homeless and the terminally ill. Ticket prices are $250 for general admission, $500 for VIP (which includes a cocktail hour prior to the event at which Voltaggio and Bainbridge will both be in attendance) and $5,000 for a judging ticket. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.thesupper.org.