BATTLE CHILI PEPPERServing Up Hope: Battle Chili Pepper

Saturday, January 31, 2015 

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 creates an opportunity to display the talents of local culinary experts while raising awareness and funds for our local homeless shelter.

The semi-formal event will include complementary wine and beer, a sit-down dinner,  silent and live auctions, and an 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 being sold out for the third consecutive year.


History of Serving Up Hope


2013 Chefs – photo by Hal Maggiore

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 February 2013, their ideas and hard work came to fruition with the inaugural Serving Up Hope: Battle Caramel. 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.

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.

2014 Chefs

2014 Chefs – photo by Hal Maggiore

The dinner, auction, and dessert competition drew over 300 people the first year and over 400 the second year. We hope you’ll join us each year for this friendly competition and delicious event for a good cause!