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Baltimore Woods Nature Center 


Sunday September 8, 2013 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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Online registration is now closed for envIRONmental CHEF. A limited number of reservations remain available by phone. Please call Baltimore Woods at (315)673-1350 to make a reservation.

 CNY 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. 

Featured Chefs

Entrée Challenge 

Chance Bear of Parisa &

Luke Houghton of Pure Catering & Events

will challenge last year's champions:

Chris Kuhns of Phoebe's &

 Joelle Mollinger of Joelle's French Bistro

Dessert Challenge

Emily & Mike Woloszyn of Lune Chocolat
Allyson Landon of The Sherwood Inn
Natalie Hansen & Jennifer Walls of Sweet Praxis


Tastings & Appetizers

Abigail Henson of LoFo
Steve Landon of Vernak Farms
Luke Szabo of Mandana Inn 

Guest Emcees
Thom Filicia, Interior Designer
Carrie Lazarus , Anchor, NewsChannel 9 WSYR

The Event Details

In two head-to-head cook-offs, four chefs will create dishes using locally sourced produce and meat, and mystery ingredients revealed at the start of the timed competition. Sous-chefs, selected by random drawing from Patron level attendees, will assist the chefs with the preparation of their entrées. Then the dessert chefs will share their creations containing a different mystery ingredient. After everyone has had a taste, the audience will vote and declare the winning Chefs.

Appetizers to be prepared fresh at the event by Chef Luke Szabo of Mandana Inn and Stephen Landon of Vernak Farms.  Abigail Henson of LoFo will design cocktails, mocktails and other delicious surprises. Featuring award-winning wines from Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, beer from Ithaca Beer Company and juices from Red Jacket.The list of participants grows daily.  The event sold out last year, so please register soon to hold your place.

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

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 with generous support by our Naming Sponsor

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Additional Sponsors



 MCKCNY Farmshed


wegmans logo                        Crouse Hospital             

Event Committee

 Deirdre Aureden, Stacy Drake, Tim Dudley, Mary Kate Hartmann, John Lacey, Steve Landon, Julia Maum, Lisa D. Miller, Lucy Pola, Eileen Price,  Brenda Sannes, and Patty WeisseECH 2011


General level: $75 per person.

Patron level: $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 chefs at this event. People registering at the patron level must email 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 7th. 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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