It’s an exciting thing to be able to eat and help kids at the same time, which is all the more reason to come out to EdVenture Children’s Museum on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. for  this year’s Sweet & Savory fundraiser. Local chefs compete for a People’s Choice award for best savory hors d’oeuvres and sweet treat, all for the benefit of Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter. I’m excited to be judging these amazing treats below with Tyler Ryan and fellow Free Times foodie Johnathan Sharpe.

Want to try them too? Tickets are $35 for individuals and $60 for couples. (Click on “individuals” or “couples” to order tickets online.) The Sweet & Savory event also features auction components–watch our facebook page for live and silent auction item announcements.

This year’s chefs and restaurants are:

  • Vinnie Livoti, BlueCross BlueShield – Mushroom Risotto Cakes & Beef Tenderloin with basil/mint puree and Pistachio Apricot Bites
  • Dave Grillo, Cantina 76 – BBQ Pork Tacos topped with Tangy Ancho Chili BBQ, with Mexican Cole Slaw
  • Ryan Whittaker, 116 State – Rye, Sage, and Pork Belly Bread Pudding with Seared Duck Breast, and Dark Chocolate, Chili & Cherry Bread Pudding with Ice Cream
  • Drip Coffee
  • Robert Stegall-Smith, Performance Food Group – Seafood & Andouille Gumbo and Bread Pudding
  • Whittaker Williams, Chili Gourmet – Gourmet Shrimp & Grits
  • Larry Platt, Let’s Cook Culinary Studio -”Dueling Chili”, white bean chili and a spice red bean chili, served in a homemade tortilla shell
  • Betheny Pelletier & Bob Burgess, Merchant Foodservice – Redneck Eggs Benedict, and Berry, Berry Ice Cream Parfaits with Dark Chocolate
  • Lawrence Wright, Southern FoodService – Warm apple compote, maple cream, smoked bourbon syrup, applewood bacon crumble
  • Charlie Young, Young’s Hearing Aid Service, Garden Rotini Pasta with Tomato Basil Pesto Sauce

Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter provides a safe and nurturing environment for abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens, offering them a broad range of services concentrating on personal healing and development. The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year and provides medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring and recreational and social activities in addition to food, clothing and shelter.