The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 7, 2008

Signature Chefs Auction

March of Dimes fundraiser promises a ‘Starry Night in the Garden’

“Starry Night in the Garden” will be this year’s theme for the annual Signature Chefs Auction Oct. 21 at Tamarack.

The annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes will begin with a reception in the atrium at 5:30 p.m. As guests enjoy a wine-tasting from Kirkwood Winery and Corley Distributing and sample cheese and fruit stations provided by Cabot Cheese and Edible Arrangements, they will be able to bid on a silent auction. A cash bar will also be provided.

“This has always been a popular event because so many people are familiar with the work of the March of Dimes,” community director Tambra Cheman said. “There has been so much planning that has gone into this year’s event as part of our goal to make the evening as enjoyable as possible for everyone who comes out to support such a good cause.”

The Grand Ballroom dinner provides signature dishes offered by some of southern West Virginia’s best chefs. Participants include chef Robert Wong of Maxwell’s, chef Michele Stalnaker of Pasquale’s and The Char, chef Jamie Henderson of Tamarack, chef Will Greenwood of The Resort at Glade Springs, chef Leonard Bailey of MSU Culinary Arts; chef Chris Dissibbio of Key Ingredients, Rezan Hewitt of Rezan’s, Wendy Campbell of New River Falls Barbeque, Emily Reed of Appetit Boutique, Denise Santos of Edible Arrangements, Bree Lambert of Kem’s, Renee’ Woolwine of Dominic’s and others yet to be announced.

“I can guarantee there will be some of the best food you can imagine,” Cheman said. “All of the chefs will be putting out the best they have to offer. There will also be a large variety in the kinds of food available.”

Following the dinner, there will be a new feature — a live auction. “This will be an amazing auction with creative, one-of-a-kind items,” Cheman said. “Items have been donated from Food Network, DIY Network, Continental Air and Matress Warehouse, just to name a few. There’s even a trip to Cancun, Mexico, up for bid.”

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