Charity Dinner Competition on Hell’s Kitchen

American Cancer Society donors, volunteers as well as celebrity supporters Josie Loren from ABC Family’s “Make It Or Break It”, and Nelsan Ellis and Nondumiso Tembe of HBO’s “True Blood” attended the first ever VIP Charity Dinner at Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen!  The charity episode is airing Monday, Aug 29th (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 

With just six chefs remaining, Chef Ramsay pits the red team against the blue team in another intense challenge to make 3 dishes in less than 30 minutes. The winning team celebrates in high  style going on a lavish shopping spree while the losing team is left behind to prep for that night’s dinner service, a special Black Tie Charity Event.  During dinner service HELL’S KITCHEN welcomes guests from the American Cancer Society and the American Humane Association in the first ever VIP Charity Dinner.  Tune in to see which contestants wind up on the chopping block after an intense dinner sevice in the all-new “6 Chefs Compete” episode of HELL’S KITCHEN airing Monday, Aug. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

9th Annual Queens…A Taste of the World

On Tuesday May 10, The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) presented the 9th Annual Queens…A Taste of the World, an event described as “…a sumptuous celebration of culinary diversity”.  Over 40 restaurants from New York’s Queens borough showcased Continue reading

Night O’ Chocolate Pastry Chef Competition

When: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

6:00 to 8:30 PM

Chocolate Competition Established To Raise Funds For International Women’s Programs

WHAT: Filling a desperate need to support programs that help women and girls become leaders in their communities and governments and have access to an education. Our programs currently serve women in Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, and across the United States.

WHERE: The Samuel Gompers Room at AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street, NW,

Washington, DC 20006

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

CONTACT: Barbara Ferris: (202) 530-0563 Email:

For more information about IWDC and WREI and our programs, please visit our websites and

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Gourmet Men of Distinction: “Men Who Cook”

Bigger. Bolder. Better
For the twentieth year, Men from the Baltimore Metropolitan Area will gather to showcase their signature dishes!  This is the event you do not want to miss!

Become a chef:There is no registration fee for becoming a chef.  Simply prepare enough of your favorite dish(es) for 100 people to sample.  Click here to download registration form.

Purchase a Ticket:  Tickets are on sale now!  Space is limited so be sure to get your tickets early.

Advertise in the Journal: Over 1,000 people attend this event each year and receive a copy of the souvenir journal.

2nd annual Santé: Spoil Your Palate Celebration

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will feature a range of delicacies to wet anyone’s appetite and quench their thirst at its 2nd annual Santé: Spoil Your Palate celebration, sponsored by the Charles T. Bauer Foundation, Saturday, Apr. 2, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the B&O Railroad Museum (901 W. Pratt St.) in downtown Baltimore.

Approximately 400 guests are expected to gather for what is being planned as one of the region’s premier food and beverage pairing events. The business/casual fête will feature food from Baltimore’s best restaurants and caterers, complimented by American and European craft beer; wine and spirits. Adding to the excitement will be interactive presentations, a silent auction and live jazz.

Some of the culinary concoctions on the evening’s bill of fare include:

RA Sushi – Tunacoda and Viva LA rolls

Bistro RX – Bison Tartare and Housemade Chip Appetizer

B&O American Brasserie – Assortment of House-made Charcuterie

Cabot Creamery Cooperative – Cheeses

Bansky’s – Chilled Beet Soup with Greek Yogurt and Feta on Top

Ciao Bella Restaurant Savory Chicken

Looney’s Pub – Irish Stew

Cooking with Catherine Culinary Events – Dark Chocolate Bark & White Chocolate Bark

Pirate Cupcakes – Five types of cupcakes

5 Points Tavern – Grilled Cheese Crostinis and Spicy Creamy Tomato Soup

Chesapeake Food Works – Crab Mac & Cheese

Non-Dica – Carolina Pulled Pork with Hot Pepper Cornbread, and Jicama and Cabbage Salad

Charles Levine Caterers – Jumbo Crab Lump Imperial Served in a Phylo Nest; Bruschetta Crepe-Tied Purses; Sea Scallops BLT, Herb Steak Wellington; Fine Cheese Display; St. Andre Mini Cheese Tortas, and Petite Mushroom Ravioli Tapas and a special treat for guests to take home

Talara – Tuna Tartare

Love who will be wetting your palate click here to see who will quench your thirst

Try a Food Oriented Fundraiser

Recently mentioned that I do missions trips and what comes with that is a need to raise money. Various nonprofit organizations, school clubs and more scratch their head on what to do.  Food oriented fundraisers can be among the most successful events.  Here are some ideas that I found to be lucrative and some other ideas which are helpful but may yield a lower return.

  • Recently, a group of fellow missionaries and I got together to make tamales and sell them. Over 500 tamales sold to make a great fundraising effort.
  • A few years ago I suggested to a friend that he should do Juneteenth Cookout. It proved to be  successful with Soul food menu items such as sweet potato pie, cornbread, chili, grilled food and more.  Set a price that is cost effective for you and know you financial demographic.

Fmr Soul Food Came Out For Juneteenth Charity Fundraiser

  • Comedy or music brunches are a great idea.  People love comedy/music and they love food put them together.
  • Sell Sunday Dinners to go. Especially in the summer months people don’t feel like cooking so they will be more than happy to buy a meal.
  • Look for Percentage Based Fundraiers. Some Companies/restaurants like Panda Express and Pamper Chef  offer 20% off sales receipts when asked to be involved in a fundraiser.  Pollo Campero offers Coupon Booklets for Fundraisers.

written by Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor & Chief

The 20th Annual Chocolate Affair

Have a sweet tooth? The 20th Annual Chocolate Affair is coming to M&T Bank Stadium to help you with that need. 

 Over 50 Baltimore restaurants, caterers, and chocolatiers will present their best chocolaty delights and samples all to benefit Health Care for the Homeless.

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4th Annual Philadelphia Weekly’s Taste of Philly

On Wednesday October 20th , MCCN traveled to the city of brotherly love for the 4th  Annual Philadelphia Weekly’s Taste of Philly.  The 2010 Taste of Philly took place at the Crystal Tea Room at the Wanamaker Building and benefited the Food Trust, an organization that ensures that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. 

The annual event was home to an energetic crowd that enjoyed the Phillies vs. Giants game along with delectable samples from thirty of Philly’s top restaurants.  Taste buds were treated to authentic Irish cooking from Finn McCools: Ale House and then traveled to Italy to Maggianos Little Italy.  World Café Live combines entertainment with your meal. The menu at World Café Live matches the origin of the band playing that night. 

The 4th Annual Philadelphia Weekly Taste of Philly was done in conjunction with and had top sponsors such as Bacardi, Pinnacle Vodka, Leffe Beer, Pop Chips, American Laser Centers, Mouton Cadet Stravinsky Vodka, Stella Artois, and Hoegaarden beer.

For more information about Food Trust click here.

The Supper Room gives fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders

Fundraiser for Doctors without Borders

Guests of the Supper Room


A group of friends with the talent and expertise in music, art, and culinary came together to form The Supper Room, a New York City based supper club on a mission to give back.  On Saturday April 24th The Supper Room hosted a

fundraiser dinner in a Williamsburghian loft in Brooklyn, New York, and the proceeds go to benefit the non-profit group Doctors Without Borders. If you think this was just your run-of-the-mill fundraiser with rubber chicken and tasteless vegetables, you are greatly mistaken.  The evening consisted of a five-course meal, an exuberant photographic exhibit, live music, and great conversation.

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18th Annual “Men Who Cook”

On Sunday April 18th, the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women will present the 18th annual “Men Who Cook” food showcase.  From 2pm-4pm at Martin’s West in Baltimore Maryland, amateur and professional chefs from the Baltimore area will satisfy the palettes of all that attend with signature dishes which will include shrimp and grits to souffles and steaks.  For more information click here