COOK-OFF

Mark your calendar for the 15th Anniversary Carpenter’s Cook-Off!

Join us Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 12-3pm at The Birchmere and indulge in an afternoon of food and fun while supporting Carpenter’s Shelter! At Cook-Off, over 500 attendees enjoy tastings from 25 area restaurants, bid on hot ticket items during the live auction and listen to live music.

This year, we will be honoring Val Hawkins, Lee Fifer and The Birchmere. All were instrumental in making Cook-Off a signature event and raising nearly $1 million to support the homeless in our community over the last 15 years. 

We’re excited to have distinguished chefs George Pagonis, Emily Sprissler, and Vikram Sunderam selecting the winners of the Best Savory and Best Sweet dishes!

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Restaurants:

 

Join our talented roster of restaurants! See the informational documents and necessary forms below!

Information Sheet  
Order Form and Menu Selection  
Participation Agreement 

           

2016 Winners

Best Sweet Dish: Bittersweet Catering

Best Savory Dish: Grille at Morrison House

People’s Choice Award: Meggrolls 

Kid’s Choice Award: Sugar Shack

 

Meet our Judges!

 

Emily picChef Emily Sprissler is 25 year veteran of the culinary industry. She was a season 2 “Cheftestant” on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef”, and she is featured in the soon to be released film “New Chefs on the Block”. Chef Sprissler is a full time Executive Chef and Mom. Her favorite kitchen team member is her adopted Siberian Husky…the floors have never been cleaner!

VikramChef Vikram Sunderam is the Executive Chef of Raskia and Rasika West End located in Washington, D.C. In 2014, he won Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic from the James Beard Foundation. He has also been a “Chef of the Year” candidate of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. His new project is the restaurant Bindaas, opened in August 2016, which focuses on Indian street food. 

George-Pagonis-web-400x600Chef George Pagonis is the Executive Chef/ Partner at Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna, and Kapnos Kouzina. Chef Pagonis was a finalist on Season 12 of Bravo’s Top Chef and was recognized as Rising Culinary Star of the Year at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2015 RAMMY Awards. He first earned his “kitchen stripes” at The Four Seasons, an Alexandria Greek diner owned by his father.

Sponsors:

Carpenter’s Cook-Off would not be possible without the generous support of our caring community. Sponsorship of Cook-Off is essential to reaching our annual fundraising goal for this event. We are so grateful for these outstanding community partnerships, which enable us to continue working towards our mission of ending homelessness in Northern Virginia.

Is you company interested in sponsoring? Click on the forms below for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Registration 


Thank you to our 2017 Cook-Off Sponsors! 

 

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Proprietor ($15,000)

  • Exclusive sponsor of the 15th Anniversary commemorative gift
  • Advertising spot on Carpenter’s Shelter’s internal video monitor for a year with daily exposure to thousands of volunteers, donors, vendors, and clients
  • Exclusive naming rights of Cook-Off
  • Cook-Off early entry
  • Photos with celebrity Cook-Off judges
  • Six VIP Parking Tickets
  • 30 VIP Cook-Off tickets
  • Hang your company banner at Cook-Off
  • Ten Host Committee Reception Tickets
  • Company name or logo listed on the event-day signage
  • Inside front or inside back cover full page ad in official Cook-Off program booklet
  • Company name or logo on Carpenter’s Shelter’s Cook-Off webpage and event promotional materials

Top Chef ($10,000)

  • Exclusive sponsor of the Entertainment, Bar or Dessert Area
  • Cook-Off early entry
  • Exclusive sponsor of the party plate, souper ceramic bowl set, or photo booth
  • Six VIP Parking Tickets
  • Photos with celebrity Cook-Off judges
  • Hang your company banner at Cook-Off
  • 20 VIP Cook-Off tickets
  • Company name or logo listed on the event-day signage
  • Eight Host Committee Reception Tickets
  • Company name or logo on Carpenter’s Shelter’s Cook-Off webpage and event promotional materials
  • Full page ad in official Cook-Off program booklet

 

Sous Chef ($5,000)

  • Exclusive sponsor of a restaurant award or premier cooking utensil with your company name or logo
  • Hang your company banner at Cook-Off
  • 15 VIP Cook-Off tickets
  • Company name or logo listed on the event-day signage
  • Six Host Committee Reception Tickets
  • Company name or logo on Carpenter’s Shelter’s Cook-Off webpage and event promotional materials
  • Three VIP Parking Permits
 
  • Half-page color ad in the official program booklet Cook-Off early entry
 
  • Cook-Off early entry
 

Sommelier ($2,500)

  • Exclusive sponsor of a deluxe measuring cup, spatula, or cooking utensil
  • Ten VIP Cook-Off tickets 
  • Four Host Committee Reception Tickets
  • Two VIP Parking Permits
  • Quarter page color ad in the official program booklet Cook-Off early entry
  •  Company name or logo on Carpenter’s Shelter’s Cook-Off webpage

Maitre D’ ($1,500)

  • Eight VIP Cook-Off tickets
  • Two Host Committee Reception Tickets
  • One VIP Parking Permit
  • Company name or your name listed in official Cook-Off booklet
  • Company name or logo listed on event-day signage
  • Company name or logo on Carpenter’s Shelter’s Cook-Off webpage 

Foodie ($500)

  • Two VIP Cook-Off tickets
  • Two Host Committee Reception Tickets
  • Company name or logo listed on event-day signage
  • Company name or logo on Carpenter’s Shelter’s Cook-Off webpage


Host Committee:


Joining Host Committee is an easy, fun way to get involved with Cook-Off and Carpenter’s Shelter. Host Committee is a passionate circle of individuals who support Cook-Off and the shelter by providing financial support and inviting friends to join as well. 

 

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Membership Levels

Feast ($1,500)

  • Eight (8) event tickets to Cook-Off on April 23rd at The Birchmere
  • Eight (8) tickets to the Host Committee Reception on April 6th 
  • Name in Cook-Off program
  • Recognition on Carpenter’s Cook-Off website

Nosh ($600)

  • Four (4) event tickets to Cook-Off on April 23rd at The Birchmere
  • Four (4) tickets to the Host Committee Reception on April 6th 
  • Name in Cook-Off program
  • Recognition on Carpenter’s Cook-Off website

Nibble ($350)

  • Two (2) event tickets to Cook-Off on April 23rd at The Birchmere
  • Two (2) tickets to the Host Committee Reception in April 6th 
  • Name in Cook-Off program
  • Recognition on Carpenter’s Cook-Off website

 

Host Committee Reception 2017:

When: Thursday, April 6th from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Purple Strategies (815 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314)

 

2017 Members

John & Beverly Bernhards

Michael & Michelle Cook

Kerry & Eva Donley

Peter Flinch

Neil & Kelly Gillespie 

Cindy & Greg Golubin

Rita Grazda

Molly Harper

Meghan & Patrick Hendy

John & Diane Hynes

Kris Keydel & Janet Garber

Jen Lachman & John Villar

Nora Lyons & Tom McEwen

Ann & Chris McMurray

Collin & KC Moller

Louise Roseman & Jerry McAndrews

Laura Rose & Eric Wazorko

Greg & Valerie Souchack

Shannon Steene

Kim & Bobby Weir

 

 

Tickets

Click here to purchase tickets to Cook-Off!

Early Bird Tickets: On Sale February 1st-28th

VIP*- $75
Adult (ages 13+)- $40
Child (ages 12 & under)- $15

Regular Tickets: On Sale March 1st-April 21st

VIP*- $100
Adult (ages 13+)- $50
Child (ages 12 & under)- $40

*VIP ticket holders will receive early entry to Cook-Off



Looking for a fun, easy way to give to Carpenter’s Shelter? We’ve got not one, but two solutions for you!

With our Online and Live Auctions you can bid on restaurant gift cards, theater tickets, gift baskets, getaways and more!

Online Auction: Opens April 8th at noon and closes April 23rd, 2017 at midnight

Our online auction includes items and experiences from our very own Alexandria, as well as special travel trips to far away places! Winners can pick up their items April 24th through May 12th. 

Live Auction: April 23rd during Carpenter’s Cook-Off

Our live auction includes bigger ticket items and experiences that you do not want to miss out on! Come to Carpenter’s Cook-Off to have the chance to bid on these incredible prizes. 

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