Cutthroat Cookoff a Success – Benefit for Special Olympics of Kansas

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Wayne Chambers assists Chef Paul Freimuth

Wayne Chambers assists Chef Paul Freimuth who was sabotaged at the time with oven mitts! (Photo courtesy of judge Schane Gross)

On Friday evening, April 15, High Touch Technologies hosted a sold out Dinner and a Show event to benefit Special Olympics of Kansas. The “Cutthroat Cookoff” event featured a culinary battle between five teams. The teams consisted of two people – a local leader paired with a local Chef. A huge thank you to these participants! The teams were as follows:

Local Leader Local Chef
Denise Neil
The Wichita Eagle Dining Expert
John David Payne
Chef, The Hungry Heart
Jeff Longwell
Mayor, City of Wichita
Jake Hartley
Chef, Blue Moon Caterers
Carol Hughes
Kassidy Sollars
Chef, The Hungry Heart
Wayne Chambers
President/CEO High Touch Technologies
Paul Freimuth
Chef, Hyatt Regency Wichita
Josh Alters
Special Olympics of Kansas Athlete
Kevin Derks
Chef, Newport Grill

Mayor Jeff Longwell with the 'Dog cone of shame'

Mayor Jeff Longwell with the ‘Dog cone of shame’ (Photo courtesy of judge Schane Gross)

During the three rounds of competition (First Course, Main Course, Dessert), the audience members could sabotage a participant of their choosing by paying a fixed amount depending on the sabotage. The cost of a single Special Olympics Athlete to participate in one of this summer’s tournaments is $75. For $75 during the first course, the audience sabotaged multiple participants to wear oven mitts over their hands. Another example was the “Dog cone of shame” for $225 during the main course.

The brave emcees were Tim Smith, The Cookie Guy and Tracy Cassidy, Q92 The Beat Radio DJ with Brett & Tracy In the Mornings. Thank you so much for your tenacity and guidance!

The judges were John Michael of the Butler Community College Culinary Program, Anita Harris of Visit Wichita and Schane Gross of The AnchorDouglas Avenue Chop Shop – and Fork & Fennel. Thank you so much for lending your pallets!

Cannot leave out the great generosity of all our sponsors and Silent Auction donations – Thank You very much for your contribution(s)!
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Silent Auction Donations

Abuelos Abuelos Gift Card ($50)
Accent Bridal & Tux Tux Rental ($59.95 value)
Bella Luz 3 “Homesmade BBQ Sauces” ($22 value)
Best Western 1 Night Stay ($115 value)
Brenda Flax Thirty One Bags Wine bottle thermal, Perfect potluck set and tote, Barefoot wine
Carlos O Kelly’s Gift Card ($50)
Chick-fil-a East Silent Auction Basket
Chick-fil-a West 24 Free Food Item Cards
Christopher Clark Photography 5 Family Portrait Sessions + 11×14 Wall Portrait
CocoDolcea Gift Basket ($100 value)
Cottonwood Hills 4 Rounds of Golf, including cart and range access ($200 value)
Delano BBQ Gift Certificate ($20)
Doug Northrop Large Painting ($80 value)
Emerson Biggins Gift Card ($20)
Freddy’s Merch, Fry Sauce and 7 Free Food Cards
Greater Wichita YMCA 1 Six-month family membership ($349 value)
Hilton Garden Inn One Night Stay
Hotel at Oldtown 1 Night Stay ($179 value)
Hyatt Regency 1 Night Stay, Breakfast for 2
Jennifer Hughes 2 mp3 players
Junior League of Wichita Pinches & Dashes Cookbook, Sunflower Sampler Cookbook
Kernel’s Popcorn Express 2 $25 Gift Certificates
Lindsay Boxberger Mary Kay Basket ($66 value)
Luncindas Earrings ($30 value)
Mcalisters Deli Vouchers for 3 Free Sandwiches ($22 value)
Meadowlark Massage Therapy 2 90 Minute Massages ($85 value each)
Museum of World Treasures 2 Adult Tickets ($17 value)
Music Theatre Wichita 2 Tickets Mid or Rear Orchestra Seating
National Baseball Congress 1 Night Skybox Rental for NBC World Series ($400 value) 10 sets of lower box seats ($44 per set)
Panera Bread 4 Free Meals
Rolling Hills Zoo 4 Childrens Admission Tickets
Scooters Coffee 1lb Coffee, Travel Mug, and K Cups ($45 value)
Scotch & Sirloin Wine Dinner for 2 ($150 value)
Sedgwick County Zoo 2 Guest Passes
Sedgwick County Zoo Household Membership ($134 value)
Sephora Sephora Goodie Bag
SodShop 2 Sports Logo Rocks
Spangles Gift Card ($30)
The Lunchbox Carry out Mexican dinner for 4
The Orpheum 4 Tickets to the Classic Film Series
Uline Three BBQ Sauces, Chiefs Jackets, Polos, Greenbay Travel Cup, Weber Orignial Kettle Grill
Wichita Wingnuts 4 Upper Box Tickets
WSU Athletics 4 Outfield Baseball Tickets, 4 Tickets to Womens Basketball, 4 Tickets to Softball, 4 Tickets to Volleyball
YaYas Euro Café NewportGrill/Yaya’s Gift Card ($20 value)
Ziggy’s Pizza Ziggy Bucks ($25)
Youth Entreprenuers Remote Control Boat
Youth Entreprenuers Cutter and Buck Coffee Travel Case (2 Mugs, Thermos) Starbucks Coffee

To the attendees, all of the people mentioned on this page and to anyone else we may have missed: your generosity has given great opportunities to the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas. Their experiences at the 2016 Charles E. Watson Golf and Softball Tournaments this summer will be forever enriched.

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