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Alzheimer’s Culinary Challenge – A Time for the Chefs to Shine

5th Annual Culinary Challenge Held on December 2nd

We had 12 communities participating at this wonderful culinary extravaganza and the food this year was outstanding!  A salute to the wonderful chefs and the 12 healthcare communities who donated their time, talent and resources to put on a Culinary event for Charity like no other. It was a festive December evening at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet with a culinary tasting, silent auction, artwork for sale, and celebrity judges.  “We salute the chefs from the healthcare communities who make this wonderful food for their residents each and every day and we are so fortunate to showcase their talents at this event,” said RI Chapter Executive Director, Donna McGowan. Chefs from the 12 healthcare communities included Bayberry Commons, Benchmark Senior Living, Coventry Health Center, Greenwood Health Center, Heritage Hills, John Clarke Retirement Home, Kent Regency, Riverview Health Center, Scalabrini Villa, Scallop Shell Nursing & Rehab., Scandinavian Home and the Village House participated in the culinary tasting for the public and were also judged on their talents. An exciting panel of celebrity judges including: WPRI 12 Anchor Mike Montecalvo, Top Fundraiser for the Providence Walk Richard Figueira, Top Fundraiser for the Newport Walk Lisa Leonard, Johnson & Wales Chef Frank Terranova, Lite Rock 105 Brian Demay and  Artist Paul Cote were on hand to do the judging for Best Display and Best Taste.

The tastings from all of the chefs were over the “top.” The Judges’ Table winners were tied for “Best Taste” with Benchmark Senior Living – Chef Steve Morrissette from Greenwich Farms with his diver scallops and Chef David Silva of Capitol Ridge with his Lobster Crepes and Heritage Hills Chef Tom Creighton with his Chicken Thighs in a Piccante Sauce. The Judges Table winner for “Best Display” was  also Heritage Hills. The people who attended the event got to vote as well for the famed People’s Choice Award which went to Benchmark Senior Living and Chefs Steve Morrissette and David Silva. Other tastings included Chef Dave Kruzona of Greenwood Nursing who prepared a duo of Sliders and a Ceasar Finger Salad. Chefs Jonathan Misunas and Amanda Gariepy with their Beer Garden theme prepared Beef Brisket and German Potato Salad, Chef Ghazal Ghazal  from Riverview Health Center who prepared a Trio of Lamb,  Chef Tony Conte of Kent Regency who prepared Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce, Chef Jeff Simshauser made Bacon Wrapped Scallops and Shrimp, Chef Zuleika Vargas of Scandinavian Home prepared a Crabcake with Lemon Remoulade, Chef John Hendrickson of Scallop Shell did a trio of desserts, Chef Steve Bernardi of Scalabrini Villa made Chicken and Waffles over loaded mashed potatoes, Chef Jim Abenante of Coventry Health Center had a food truck theme with Lobster and Pork tacos with Red Cabbage slaw; and Chef Scott Hahn made Pork Sliders with baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread.

“So happy for the residents in the facilities  who are treated so well with  such fabulous food that their Chefs make day in and day out,” said Camilla Farrell, Development Director at the Alzheimer’s Association.

Let’s not forget the wonderful entertainment that evening from DJ Ray Arruda and his Dad who won the crowd with his swooning. The Alzheimer’s Association held a silent auction with beautifully decorated wreaths, food baskets, and  premium wines. Famous artist Paul M. Cote sold lovely artwork tiles with the Alzheimer’s color theme and created beautifully hand painted shoes that he auctioned off for $100 each. Many thanks to our sponsors and Edible Arrangements for their delectable samples during the Cocktail hour.  Again many, many thanks to all of the chefs, marketing staff, and food service support from all of the communities who volunteered to make our event a success. All of the proceeds will directly benefit  programs and services for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. The Alzheimer’s Association raised more than ever this year, over $10,000 to support our 24/7  Helpline, support groups, early stage social engagement group, education and training, and our Annual Caregiver’s Journey conference coming up on March 31, 2016. All of our programs for families are free of charge thanks to your generous donations.

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