Chefs Invited to Compete in 2nd Annual Tree to Table Benefit

Oklahoma City, July 29, 2015 – Chefs and caterers throughout Oklahoma are invited to compete in the 2nd Annual Tree to Table Benefit on October 19, 2015. This deliciously unique event challenges competitors to create a sweet or savory dish that highlights ingredients from trees, such as apples, chocolate, almonds or olives. Other ingredients may be used as well. The #Tree2Table event is a fundraiser benefiting the Oklahoma Orchards and Tornado Re-Leaf programs of the Tree Bank Foundation.

Each competitor will be given $250 to purchase ingredients, listing in all press releases and signage at the event and an 8-foot table on which to serve their dish and promote their business. The chefs must have a catering license, prepare their dish off-site and bring their own chafing dishes or serving trays.

Four cash prizes will be awarded at the event, including the Fan Favorite which will be decided by event attendees. A judging panel will allocate the Best Savory Dish, Best Sweet Dish and the Tree to Table Champion. The judging panel is led by Oklahoma native celebrity chef Rick Bayless (owner/chef of Frontera Fresco in San Francisco, 2009 Bravo Top Chef Masters winner) as Head Judge, along with long-time Oklahoma City chef John Bennett and food editor of The Oklahoman Dave Cathey.

To enter the Tree to Table Benefit, chefs can visit our website at www.thetreebank.org or call 405.702.4050 for more information. Current competitors include Barbara Mock and Michelle Wicks of Kam’s Kookery, Kevin Lee of Vast, David Henry of The Coach House, Dave Leibold of the Metro Wine Bar and Bistro, KC Ortega of the Wedge Pizzeria, Christine Dowd of Aunt Pittypat’s, Chase Doyle of Jazmoz Bourbon St. Café, Melissa Aust of Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, Teresa Walters of Running Wild Catering, and the 2014 Tree to Table Champion Ryan Parrott of Picasso Café.

The public is invited to attend to sample all of the submitted dishes. The event will take place at the Farmer’s Public Market on Monday, October 19. Special tickets ($150 each) are available for a VIP reception at 5:30pm to meet Chef Rick Bayless, a VIP “swag” bag, open bar pass and reserved seating for the main event. Individual tickets ($75 each or two for $100) provide entry into the event at 6:30pm to sample all the chef’s creations and one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available.

Find more information about this event, purchase tickets or secure sponsorships on our website.