Battle BaconServing Up Hope: Battle Bacon

- Feb 1st, 2014 -

Four area chefs will compete for the title of “Bacon Boss” by serving up delectable bacon-inspired appetizers.  As promised, 2014 will be different and better than 2013. This event creates an opportunity to display the talents of local culinary experts while raising awareness and funds for our local homeless shelter. And who doesn’t love bacon?

The semi-formal event will include complementary wine and beer, a sit-down dinner, live entertainment by Jesse Hake (winner of the Galaxy of the Stars Song Writing competition held at the Nebraska State Fair), a silent auction, and an appetizer competition featuring chefs, 2014 ChefsRon Neseth from Pig in a Bag, Diane Kucera from Country Catering, Ken Pedersen from HyVee and James Duff with James J Catering. Event attendees will select the winner after sampling each contestant’s appetizer. Master Chef sponsors include the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, H & H Distributing, IdeaBank Marketing, Five Points Bank and Tom Dinsdale Automotive.

General seating tickets are $75 each, with reserved premiere tables of eight for $650. To reserve your seat, email Hope Harbor’s Development Director, Rhonda Smallwood at

Corporate sponsorships are currently being solicited, as well as silent auction items. If you are interested in donating, contact Rhonda Smallwood at (308) 385-5190.

Save the date for 2014. It is going to be even better with lots of surprises and fun things and entertainment. We hope to see you there. Reserve your tickets early as we’ll be sold out again.



History of ‘Serving Up Hope’

A full shelter with a waiting list was inspiration enough to conceive and plan a fund raiser that would help Hope Harbor move forward with plans and programs that benefit the homeless.

In 2012, Julie Gortemaker, then president of Hope Harbor’s Board of Directors, brought the idea of a cooking competition to the fund raising committee to get their thoughts. It didn’t take long for the committee to rally their ideas and put a plan in place.

In February 2013, their ideas and hard work came to fruition with the inaugural Serving Up Hope: Battle Caramel. The dinner, auction, and dessert competition drew over 300 people and included four local chefs.

Designed to be an annual event, the competition pairs local chefs with a staple ingredient they craft into what they feel would be a tastebud tickler. Although all the desserts were delectable, Chef Sharena Anson’s salted caramel dome cake with a side of iced caramel latte earned the title, “Queen of Caramel.” However, the real winners of this event are those who are trying to better themselves– those who may have fallen on hard times, but deserve a second chance.

We hope you’ll join us each year for this friendly competition and sweet event for a good cause!

2013 Snippets…


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