Frequently Asked Questions
Who does the event Benefit?
The 2018 Share the Spirit / Celebrity Chef event benefits five organizations that rely on public investment to continue to serve the community: The State Theatre Center for the Arts, a cultural center and gathering place for Fayette County; Connellsville Community Ministries; The Boy Scouts of America, which provides opportunities for young people to grow in the areas of ethics, citizenship, and service; and the Dowling Family Fund for community improvement, established through the Community Foundation of Fayette County, and financial supporter of local projects including Menallen School playground improvements, a local Juvenile Diabetes team, a Uniontown native’s efforts to raise funds for individuals with disabilities through Push America, and more.
How can those not interested in cooking get involved with the event?
Volunteers are needed to do several things at the event: help is needed at the registration table, individuals are needed to help sell tickets, and help is needed to assist Celebrity Chefs in set up, help to keep stations clean of debris, and may perform other important tasks at the event. To volunteer call Rebecca Dowling (724-317-2892).
Who should purchase Program Ads / Sponsorships?
Anyone! Program Ads help us raise funds for Share the Spirit’s partner charities. Local businesses and other organizations are welcome to purchase Program Ads. Those wishing to make a donation larger than the levels listed are encouraged to contact Rebecca Dowling (724-317-2892) for customized sponsorship opportunities.
How much are Tickets?
There is no cost to attend the event! Share the Spirit’s guests are encouraged to make a donation, which they may designate to one or several of the event’s non-profit partners. Additional funds will be raised for each organization through a silent auction and 50/50 cash drawing.
What is the suggested attire for the event?
Holiday attire is the suggested attire for the event.
How can I volunteer to be a Celebrity Chef?
Those interested in being Celebrity Chefs should contact Rebecca Dowling at 724-317-2892 or Matthew Dowling at 724-550-4493 (email@example.com). Celebrity Chefs can be Community Leaders, Business Owners, Armature or Professional Chefs. Each Celebrity Chef should also have a Chef’s Assistant to help them with the event.
Are there awardsfor the best Celebrity Chef?
A Committee’s Favorite and Three People’s Choice awards will be given to the top Celebrity Chefs. People’s Choice voting is done through donations – a basket will be placed at each Celebrity Chef station – the money will be collected and counted at approximately 9:30PM. Chefs may choose to collect funds prior to the start of the competition.
As a Celebrity Chef do I need to provide a Program Biography?
Each Celebrity Chef will be listed in the event program – a biography should be submitted for publication. An example biography and submission form is available.
What is the suggested Food Quantities for each chef?
Each chef should purchase and prepare food samples for at least 200 people. The goal for the event is to have at least 16 chefs; with over 20 items, only a small “sample” should be needed for each guest.
What is the Arrival Timefor Celebrity Chefs and the General Public?
The event officially begins at 7:00PM and concludes at 11:00PM. Members of the general public will be directed to the lobby should they arrive early – giving the Celebrity Chefs time to prepare. Celebrity Chefs should arrive on site by 6:00PM at the latest. Celebrity Chefs are welcome to come as early as 5:00PM. (Please note no refrigeration or hot boxes are available.)
How much space is available for Preparation & Display of my food items?
Each chef will be given 4’ of table space – it is likely you will be sharing a portion of a banquet table with another chef. Adequate room behind the tables will be provided to store any reserve items you may have. Room on your table must also allow for silverware, plates, and napkins (provided by the committee and restocked during the event by volunteers). You are welcome to bring business cards to place on you table for networking purposes. Business / Restaurant / Chef banners (pull-ups or signs) may also be brought (along with a way to hang or display them) for use behind your table.
What is the available of Chafers, Electric, and other Equipment?
Chafers will be available for those who need them. A request must be made for this equipment as it may need be brought in from a rental company. Chefs should supply their own hotel pans – reusable or disposable are both expectable. No kitchen space will be available, so all prep work should be done in advance. Water will be provided for chafers, broilers, or other equipment. Electric is very limited, but can be provided – please also request this on you Celebrity Chef Reservation form. Equipment you plan to bring in should also be listed on the form so that appropriate space may be provided.
Should I bring Serving Utensils to serve my food items?
Yes, Celebrity Chefs are encouraged to bring serving utensils and will be asked to help guests plate their food items. A limited number and selection of serving utensils will be available for those who do not provide their own, but it is best if you bring your own items, as you know what utensils will work best with your dish.