Ninth Annual Iron Chef Cocalico And Benefit Auction

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The Cocalico Education Foundation will host the Ninth Annual Iron Chef Cocalico Culinary event on Sunday, March 1 at the Cocalico High School from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This unique event incorporates food, entertainment and award-winning artwork to raise funds for educational opportunities for students and adults in the Cocalico School District. The Education Foundation funds classroom projects, early childhood education, technology initiatives and scholarships for graduating seniors.

Two-time Iron Chef reigning champ Chef Kelly Kapinos from Reflections (Leola) will defend her title while competing in a lively culinary competition against Chef Michael Harants (John Gross and Co.) and Chef Quinn Hacker of Luthercare. Lititz. Chef Tom Gillin, host of Blue Ridge 11’s Cooking for Class and Chef Bill Scepansky of Smart Partner will bring a wealth of knowledge to this culinary extravaganza as the emcees of the competition. Corporate event sponsors and local food purveyors will supply many of the fresh ingredients, some of which will be a mystery to the chefs until the start of the competiton.


In addition to the Iron Chef culinary challenge, guests will have the opportunity to sample and judge the People’s Choice Competition. The theme “When Life Gives Me Lemons, I Make...” will allow the participants to showcase their culinary specialties in this unique contest. The winner of the People’s Choice will automatically be entered in next year’s Iron Chef challenge. This year seven chefs will compete and include: Penn Werner Hotel, Dave’s Diner, Courtyard Café on Main, Naturally Grounded, The Seed, Well-span Ephrata Community Hospital and Union Barrel.

As always, a highlight of the event is the food tasting fair…be sure to bring your appetite! Over twenty-five area restaurants and food purveyors will provide samples of their house specialties.

Many students at Cocalico High School are producing award-winning artwork, particularly in the handmade jewelry and ceramics programs. A limited number of these beautiful pieces will be donated to the Education Foundation for the Live Benefit Auction. Fine art and many other local artists’ work will be up for bid. Auctioneers Brad Wolf and Art Pannebecker will auction off other valuable items including pottery, hand crafted furniture, and much more. This year’s judges will include: Mitch Arment (Giorgi Foods), Sean Molignoni (Executive Chef at Foxchase Golf) and David O. Ludwig (Food Services Director Manheim Central School District). An open judge’s seat for the Iron Chef challenge will be up for bid during the event auction. If you have al-ways dreamed of being a culinary judge, now is your chance.

A special raffle will be drawn for a chance to win a $500 Weber grill (donated by Blue Ridge Communications), an appliance package (valued at $150) from Martin Appliances and $100 gift card to Weaver Markets.

Disc Jockey Casey Allyn (I105 WIOV) will co-host alongside Voice of the Lancaster Barnstormers John Witwer to emcee the Iron Chef event. There is an admission cost to the event. You can purchase tickets at the Cocalico School District’s Administration Building from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Tickets can also be purchased at Weavers Markets in Adamstown and Blue Ridge Communications. You can also contact the Cocalico Education Foundation at 717-336-1413.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are last years winners Kelly Kapinos from Reflections, Chef Quinn Hacker of Luthercare and Chris Dunn, Cocalico Executive Director of Food Services. Missing is Chef Michael Harants.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:20)

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