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Baltimore Woods Nature Center 


Sunday September 16, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

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Baltimore Woods Nature Center 
4007 Bishop Hill Road
P.O. Box 133
Marcellus, NY 13108

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envIRONmental CHEF homegrown 2012 at Baltimore Woods Nature Center

 Celebrity Chefs Compete in Culinary Cook-Off Competition

envIRONmental CHEF homegrown event focuses on local foods

Celebrating the abundance of locally grown and produced foods in Central New York, the area's finest chefs will go head-to-head in cook-off challenge competitions of entrees and desserts. Don Agate of The Krebs and Chris Kuhns of Phoebe’s Restaurant will challenge last year’s champion chefs:  Joelle Mollinger of Joelle’s French Bistro and Wayne Cafariella (sitting in for Ellen Leahy) of bc. The chefs will create dishes using local ingredients and one mystery ingredient revealed at the start of the timed competition. Sous-chefs, selected by random drawing from Patron level attendees, will assist the chefs with their creations.

Participating in the Dessert Challenge will be Abigail Henson of Lost & Fondue, Allyson Landon of The Sherwood Inn, and Emily Woloszyn of Lune Chocolat.

After everyone has had a taste, the audience will vote and declare the winning Chefs.

 Sampling tables set up throughout the event will be manned by local food producers and growers showcasing locavore products. The list of participants grows daily and includes The Inn Between Restaurant, Stephen Landon, Nelson Farms, Parisa, Patisserie, and The Sherwood Inn. The event sold out last year, so please register soon to hold your place

Guest Emcees

  • Rochelle Bilow, Food and Wine Writer 
  • Thom Filicia, Interior Designer
  • Carrie Lazarus, Anchor–WSYR NewsChannel 9 

The event is sponsored by Chobani Kitchen. Chobani Kitchen

Other sponsors for this event are:   Clear Channel Radio Y94FM, Finger Lakes Organic Growers Cooperative, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Foundation, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Alliance Bank, and Wegmans.

Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Baltimore Woods Nature Center and Baltimore Woods' Nature in the City science education program in Syracuse and Auburn.


Event Committee

Lisa D. Miller, Deirdre Aureden, Tim Dudley, Heather Hawkins, John Lacey, Steve Landon, Regina Middleton, Lisa Pola, Eileen Price, Thea Reidy, Brenda Sannes, Karen Smith and Patty WeisseECH 2011


REGISTRATION information

There are two admission levels for this limited attendance event.

General level admission is $75 per person.

Patron level admission is $100 per person and includes the option for the buyer to enter a random drawing for a chance to be a sous-chef to one of the celebrity chefs at this event. People registering at the patron level must email info@baltimorewoods.org or call 315 673-1350 if they would like to enter their name in the drawing for sous-chefs. The sous-chef drawing will take place at 2pm on Saturday, September 15th. Winning sous-chefs will be notified by phone.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center is a private, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization registered with the IRS and NYS Attorney General. $50 of the general admission price is tax deductible and $65 of the patron level price is tax deductible. Please retain your payment receipt for tax purposes.

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