“You have the best job in the world!” This is something I’ve been hearing people tell me for years after they discovered I write Feasting Fort Collins. I often laugh and remarked that I just eat and write. Or, I laugh and say that it’s fun until I had to eat a long stretch of mediocre food. Or, it’s fun until a restaurant, a chef, or a reader totally flips out on you.
Like anything, there are pros and cons.
But, I think that’s one of the most fun things about the Chef Challenge for Children coming up this Saturday. It’s an opportunity to experience all of the pros about being a restaurant critic, and all for a good cause in the process.
The Chef Challenge for Children is a food-centric event to benefit The Family Center/La Familia. Last year the event raised $40,000. So now’s your chance to participate and help to break that record. Here’s how it works:
The event begins at 2pm, where you become a food critic for one day when you set out on a self-guided tour of participating chef’s locations in Old Town. Serving from restaurants, breweries, and retail stores, each chef will create a Spanish inspired dish for you to judge, featuring Tomatillos and Mango. Each chef has partnered with a local brewer to offer you a delicious tasting experience. Using your Food Critic’s Review Book or their new phone app, make notes on your experience and keep track of who you want to vote for!
Here’s the list of competing chefs and their pairings:
Aaron Boisvert of The Kitchen: serving at The Kitchen, paired with New Belgium Brewing
Amelia Mouton of Restaurant 415: serving at Restaurant 415, paired with Feisty Spirits
Andrea Ridder of Wunder Juice: serving at Savory Spice Shop, paired with Los Tarascos
Billy Charters of STUFT Burger Bar: serving at STUFT, paired with Zwei Brewing
Chris Robinson of Hog Wild BBQ: serving at Prost Brewing, paired with Prost Brewing
John Lawyer of Lickskillet Catering: serving at Downtown Artery, paired with Funkwerks
Joshua Woods of Tony’s Bar: serving at Tony’s Bar, paired with Snowbank Brewing
Jordan Kopp of Fiona’s Deli: serving at Bean Cycle Roasters, paired with Bean Cycle Roasters
Ken Cottle of Z Catering: serving at Scrumpy’s, paired with Summit Cider
Malini Bartels of The Cooking Studio: serving at The Cooking Studio, paired with Soul Squared Brewing
Matthew Ezzo of The Garlic Knot: serving at The Cupboard, paired with Cranked Up Coffee
Megan Barghols of Revolution Market: serving at Revolution Market, paired with Revolution Market
Ryan Damasky of Fish Restaurant: Serving at Fish Restaurant, paired with Horse & Dragon Brewing
After visiting the competing chefs, gather at 6pm at The Family Center Fiesta, which will be held at Fusion Nightclub. You’ll be treated to festive live music by PIATRO, live and silent auction, 5 Star Dessert Bar, fully stocked cash bar, and the Chef Challenge For Children Awards. Then, if you’d like, stay for the DJ Dance Party all night long!
Your $40 participation donation helps The Family Center to continue offering care, education, and wellness support to local families and children.They provide high-quality early childhood education, family strengthening programs, and an array of services that stabilize families and that foster self-reliance. They’ve been a support to providing multi-cultural, bilingual programming to hundreds of families annually in Northern Colorado since 1995.
The Family Center/La Familia is the only center of its kind in Northern Colorado, and your support goes a long way toward building healthy, vibrant, productive families in our community.