Tree to Table Benefit Attracts Stellar Chefs/Judges

The Tree Bank Foundation introduces a deliciously unique event—the Tree to Table Benefit. This cooking competition challenges chefs and caterers throughout Oklahoma to create a dish that highlights ingredients from trees. Although other ingredients may be used, the dishes should celebrate ingredients like olives, avocadoes, apples, peaches, cinnamon and chocolate. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 28 at the OKC Farmers Public Market. The VIP reception will begin at 5:30pm and the main event will begin at 6:30pm.

Attendees will sample all of the dishes and vote on their Fan Favorite. A judging panel will also taste each dish to select the Best Savory Dish, Best Sweet Dish and Tree to Table Champion. Winners will be given cash prizes.

Competitors include Joshua Valentine of The George, Cally Johnson of Green Goodies, Barbara Mock of Kam’s Kookery, Melissa Scaramucci of Local, Henry Boudreaux of Museum Café, Ryan Parrott/John Madore of Picasso Café, Kevin Lee of Vast, The Catering Connection and The Wedge Pizzeria. Interested competitors can register until October 7, 2014.

The judging panel is led by nationally acclaimed chef Alex Guarnaschelli who is featured on Food Network’s Chopped, Iron Chef America and won Season Five of The Next Iron Chef. Our second judge is Mr. Dave Cathey, the food editor of The Oklahoman. The final judging position on the panel is up for auction on our website,

Tickets can be purchased at For more information contact Nicki Largent at 405.630.9152.

This fundraiser benefits an Oklahoma Orchard at the Salvation Army’s new Center of Hope facility at NW 10th and Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.

About the Tree Bank Foundation

The Tree Bank Foundation was founded in 1987 by volunteer supporters interested in promoting education, planting, care, and beautification of our state through a wide network of organizations and individuals committed to distributing trees. Its mission is “to promote and plant trees to enrich Oklahoma communities.” The value of the more than 200,000 trees brought to the state through the Tree Bank has been estimated to be more than $240 million at maturity.