Covenant House Offers New Take on Annual Chef's Challenge



Press Release from the Covenant House.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Covenant House is bringing a fresh, new take on its annual fundraiser, Chef’s Challenge. In place of the five-course, sit-down meal, Chef’s Challenge will be offering a Tapas-Style Dine-Around, serving carefully-crafted dishes by 15 of the region’s top chefs. To help add to the fresh, new spin, Chef’s Challenge will be moving locations this year from the Charleston Civic Center to the Grand Lobby of the Clay Center to serve cuisine from around the world ranging from pupusas, a Salvadoran street food, to bacon-wrapped dates to a dessert inspired by the Aztec leader Montezuma.

WHO: Covenant House is hosting the following chefs for this year’s Chef’s Challenge:

Adeyemi Allen, head chef at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, WV
Al Day, chef at Bricks & Barrels in Charleston, WV
Cheri Godfrey, pastry chef at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Cross Lanes, WV
Dennis Harris, head chef at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston, WV
Evan Wilson, general manager and head chef of Ichiban in Charleston, WV
Frank Gonzales, owner and chef of Mi Cocina de Amor and Gonzoburger in Charleston, WV
Gary Needham, private local chef
Heath Ax, head chef at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston, WV
James Oiler, executive chef at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Cross Lanes, WV
Jeremiah Bowen, chef at Black Sheep Burritos in Huntington, WV
John Wright, head chef at Bridge Road Bistro in Charleston, WV
Mary Brent Galyean, private expedition chef
Paul Smith, executive chef at Buzz Foods Service in Charleston, WV
Sarah Plumley, owner and pastry chef at Sarah’s Bakery in Charleston, WV
Oscar Aguilar, chef at Cafe Cimino Country Inn in Sutton, WV

WHAT: 8th Annual Chef’s Challenge

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Lobby, The Clay Center, Charleston, WV

WHY: Chef’s Challenge is the largest annual fundraiser for Covenant House, providing the critical support needed to help Kanawha Valley’s most vulnerable meet their basic needs: food, clothing and shelter. Of every dollar Covenant House receives, 83 percent goes directly to eradicating homelessness and creating well being in our community. For example in 2017, Covenant House helped more than 14,000 people receive food-insecurity aid through its choice food pantry.

Covenant House is a social justice nonprofit dedicated to helping Kanawha Valley’s most vulnerable citizens meet their basic needs: food, clothing and shelter. Working in Charleston for more than 35 years, Covenant House is a safe haven for people in times of crisis, giving our community’s most vulnerable the tools they need to lift themselves out of homelessness and poverty. More info at

Or call 304-344-8053 x22.

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