Giveaway: Tickets to Tomorrow’s Signature Chef Gala for March of Dimes

23 Oct

Kellis courseNote: This post is a giveaway of two tickets to tomorrow night’s Signature Chef Gala for March of Dimes, valued at $150 each. See the end and follow directions to win tickets!

About this time last year, I tagged along with Kelli Marks of Sweet Love to help her with a fun event, the Signature Chef Gala for March of Dimes.

At this event, chefs from the top restaurants in Arkanasas serve small plates from stations surrounding an elaborately decorated, festive ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center. It’s quite the soiree.

Back at the bakery, Kelli had already prepared three desserts for the event: a pumpkin latte cake, a chocolate panna cotta with cocoa nibs, and a spice cake. My job was to help plate, garnish and describe the goodies to the crowds.



I love working at this kind of event, where you get to interact with attendees. I cut cake and slung sauce like a mad woman. Okay, so I tried to help loosen up that caramel sauce by putting it in some hot water and turned it all crystally…that was my bad. But Kelli never got frazzled, getting everything out and working the crowd like the pro she is.

Kelli Marks of Sweet Love describes each dish to a Signature Chef Gala patron.

Kelli Marks of Sweet Love describes each dish to a Signature Chef Gala patron.

And, of course, her stuff was delicious. People came back several times saying hers was the best table of all.

This year, the event promises to be just as awesome (probably even more so, since I won’t be working!). The chefs scheduled to participate are:

  • Stephen Burrow, Clinton Presidential Center
  • James Hale, Acadia
  • Kelli Marks, Sweet Love
  • Donnie Ferneau
  • Kent Walker, Kent Walker Cheeses
  • Dan Capello, Little Rock Country Club
  • Titus Holly, The Pantry
  • Rachel Boswell & Sally Mengel, Loblolly Creamery
  • Marshall Smith, SO Restaurant
  • Chris Bray, Bray Gourmet
The Signature Chef Gala is known for elaborate decoration, great music and amazing food.

The Signature Chef Gala is known for elaborate decoration, great music and amazing food.

Tomorrow night (Thursday, Oct. 24) is this year’s Signature Chef Gala, and I have an opportunity for you and a date/friend/whoever to attend! 

Just comment saying which chef’s table you would visit first and why. One comment will be chosen at random tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 23) at 6 p.m. You can get an extra chance by sharing this post on Twitter or Facebook; just let me know you did so in your comment. Please only comment if you will be available to attend tomorrow night. 

Good luck!

March of Dimes Arkansas
Signature Chef Gala
Statehouse Convention Center
Thursday, Oct. 24
6 – 9 p.m.

Random numberUpdate: Turns out our earlier winner is unable to attend, so we did a second randomizer. The winner is Shannon Riley! As before, I counted the comments, counting twice for people who shared on another platform and not counting duplicate comments. (I know, it’s confusing when I have to approve it before it appears. Sorry!) I put the total number in a random number generator and counted down to that number.

We’ll do something like this again when we have more time to build up to it. I didn’t give you much time to get the word out, but I’m so glad to be able to share tickets to this great event! 


10 Responses to “Giveaway: Tickets to Tomorrow’s Signature Chef Gala for March of Dimes”

  1. Julie Kohl October 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM #

    I would visit Kent Walker Cheese! I love cheese!

  2. mybethany October 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM #

    I would love to take Eddie to this! He loves to cook, & is good at it. He would really enjoy it, & it would make a great date night! I think we would have to visit Kelli at Sweet Love first. He loves sweets! I follow her on Facebook, & her desserts always look amazing, yet I’ve never had a chance to taste her creations. I’ll be sharing this to my Facebook as well! 🙂

  3. Julie Kohl October 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM #

    I shared on facebook and twitter!

  4. Shannon Riley October 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM #

    I am torn between Sweet Love and The Pantry… but I would probably visit The Pantry first. I recently visited (for the first time — what was I waiting for?!) and it was beyond delicious. I’ll share on Facebook and Twitter!

  5. Shannon October 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM #

    I would choose The Pantry! It’s delicious. Sweet Love would be a close second, though! 🙂 Sharing on Facebook and Twitter!

    • Shannon October 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM #

      OOPS! Didn’t mean to comment twice!

  6. Paula Benham October 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM #

    Donnie Ferneau is great chef and easy on the eyes! 🙂

  7. daniel Rogers October 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

    I would be torn between all of them. if i had to choose it would probably be Donnie just because i like his cooking style and he is awesome. After him it would be either Sweet love or the Pantry. Hope things are going well for you, i am attempting to make Pumpkin Macaroons ill let you know how they turn out.
    i will share this on twitter and FB.

  8. Eddie Bynum October 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM #

    Dan capello because I’ve tasted one dish of his it was awesome

  9. Pearl October 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM #

    Sweet Love for the pumpkin cake. Perfect for the Fall.

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