BATTLE CHILI PEPPERServing Up Hope: Battle Chili Pepper

Saturday, January 31, 2015

CALL 308-385-5190 TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS! Complete and send RSVP 2015. Payment must be received to guarantee your spot.

Four area chefs will compete for the title of “Chili Pepper Champion” by serving up chili pepper-laden appetizers. Now in its third year, the 2015 event will be bigger and better than ever. Serving Up Hope showcases talented local culinary experts while raising awareness and funds for our local homeless shelter.

This semi-formal event includes complementary wine and beer, a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions, and the appetizer competition featuring four area chefs. Event attendees will select the winner after sampling each contestant’s appetizer.

General seating tickets are $75 each, with reserved premiere tables of ten for $750. To reserve your seat, email Hope Harbor’s Development Coordinator, Karla McGeorge (

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

We hope to see you there. Reserve your tickets early as we anticipate a third straight sell out.

History of Serving Up Hope

A full shelter with a waiting list served as inspiration for a fundraiser to 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, presented the fundraising committee with an idea for a cooking competition. It didn’t take long for the committee to rally ideas and put a plan in place. In February 2013, it all came together with the inaugural Serving Up Hope: Battle Caramel.

Designed to be an annual event, the competition pairs local chefs with a staple ingredient to be crafted into a taste bud tickler. All the desserts were delectable, but Chef Sharena Anson’s Salted Caramel Dome Cake with a side of Iced Caramel Latte earned her the title, “Queen of Caramel.” However, the real winners of this event are those trying to better themselves – people who have fallen on hard times and deserve a second chance.

The dinner, auction, and dessert competition drew over 300 people in 2013, and more than 400 in 2014. We hope you’ll join us for this friendly competition and delicious event that benefits a great cause!


2013 Chefs – photo by Hal Maggiore

2014 Chefs

2014 Chefs – photo by Hal Maggiore

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