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Spectrum Generations hosted the 7th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, raising funds in effort to support Meals on Wheels
Hallowell, ME – On Monday, August 12, three chefs competed in the 7th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, held at Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center in Hallowell. The event raised over $16,500 in support of the organization’s programs and services, including Meals on Wheels.
Chris Hart, of The Blaine House, won both the judges’ and people’s choice awards with his winning dish of roasted garlic and thyme marinated bistro steak with chimichurri, zucchini, potato, and gruyere gratin with wilted chard and cabbage. The dish will be incorporated into the organization’s Meals on Wheels program, which serves of 225,000 meals annually throughout central and midcoast Maine. Competing chefs Chris Geer, executive chef at the Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro in Freeport, and Elisha Irland, chef and owner of The Oak Table and Bar in Augusta, both put forth tasty dishes utilizing the donated beef, Swiss chard, potatoes, zucchini and summer squash, all of which are commonly utilized ingredients in the Meals on Wheels program.
Gerard Queally, President & CEO of Spectrum Generations said, “For seven years we’ve been hosting this event and I think this is the best ever. To have the community of individuals and business leaders step up to support our efforts in addressing the nutrition needs of homebound adults speaks volumes. Meals on Wheels is a vital program to many of Maine’s older adults, and we are proud to be able to continue supporting our mission of keeping them safe and aging in place.”
All of the produce was donated from farms in Lincoln County: Brown’s Farm (Nobleboro), Goranson Farm (Dresden), and Veggies to Table on the Oui Farm (Newcastle), with the gleaning donation being coordinated by the Lincoln County Gleaners. The dinner was sponsored by Central Maine Power, with additional support provided by Fiore Oils and Vinegars, Vital I/O, and Bernstein Shur.
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