Four chefs will compete in a culinary contest and try to get the public to vote for their dish. Voting costs $1 and the money will be donated to the food bank. The participating chefs include former Top Chef contestant Keith Rhodes of Catch in Wilmington, Scott Schabot of Ruckus in Raleigh and Morrisville, Ryan Payne of the Weathervane in Chapel Hill and John Mannino of Mannino's Italian Bistro in the Virginia Beach area.
The event also includes a silent auction, live music, an open bar and a buffet of student-made appetizers, pastries and desserts. The festivities happen from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the culinary school's campus at 2001 Carrington Mill Blvd. in Morrisville's Perimeter Park.
The event is free but attendees are asked to RSVP online so organizers can anticipate attendance. To do so, go to http://TCA2.pingg.com/TriChefShowdown. The public is also encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to the food bank at the event.
Last year's event raised enough money and collected enough food to provide 85,902 meals.