New York, NY (PRWEB) October 26, 2006
On Monday, October 30, 2006, World Cares Center, Inc. (WCC) will host its fifth annual Iron Skillet Cook Off, a unique gastronomic fundraiser where five firefighters battle against five of New York City's best restaurants to find out who is New York City's hottest chef.
The event, to be held at Strata Restaurant at 915 Broadway (at 21st Street) from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., is open to the public and benefits WCC and its mission to foster safe and effective disaster response and resiliency within communities worldwide. WLTW Lite-FM DJ Valerie Smaldone returns as co-emcee, joined this year by CW11 Weatherman Irv Gikovsky ("Mr. G"). Highlights of the evening will include world-renowned brewmaster Garrett Oliver matching Brooklyn Brewery's beers with the chefs' dishes; and a silent auction where attendees can win exclusive items like Jingle Ball concert tickets and a private tasting party at Brooklyn Brewery for up to 30 people.
"The Iron Skillet Cook Off has become this great New York City tradition thanks to the growing family of volunteers, patrons, sponsors and stars who come out to support the event that supports World Cares Center and its programs," said Lisa Orloff, founder and executive director of WCC. "The magnanimous spirit of all of our supporters, and of course the firefighters and the entire responder community, is what really makes this event so much fun; it represents the spirit of New Yorkers at their best. Most importantly, the event helps us to continue the much needed support we offer in New York and to expand our programs to other cities that need our services. Everyone is having a great time for a great cause."
Firefighters v. Professional Chefs Matchups are as follows:
Carmine Ancona, Engine 247 (Brooklyn) v. Christian Schwaiger - Chef, Sumile
Fusilli with Shrimp ala Fiero
Joe Czyzewski, Engine 94 (Bronx) v. Jacques Sorci - Chef, 2 West at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
Cranberry and Pistachio Stuffed Loin of Lamb with Roasted Fall Vegetables
Keith Devenish, Engine 315 (Queens) v. Gregory Zapantis - Chef, Thalassa
Mediterranean Chicken with Herb Stuffed Tomatoes
Andrew Enderes, Engine 168 (Staten Island) v. Brian Bistrong - Executive Chef, The Harrison
Jacked up Penne with Grilled Chicken
Tom Sullivan, Marine Co. #1 (Manhattan) v. Marc Murphy - Executive Chef / Owner, Ditch Plains
Pier 53 Crab Cakes with "Poseidon" Sauce
The following celebrity judges will preside over the competition: Irv Gikovsky, ("Mr. G"), CW11 Weatherman; Tom Kaminski, WCBS 880 traffic reporter; Wendy "the Snapple Lady" Kaufman; Jim Kerr, Q104.3 radio personality; Sukanya Krishnan, CW11 News Anchor; Ann Liguori the WFAN Sports Whiz; Tony Lo Bianco, award-winning actor; Shep Messing, former NY Cosmos player; Rich Pagano, musician and music producer; Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster; "Goumba" Johnny Sialiano, WKTU radio personality; Valerie Smaldone, WLTW Lite-FM radio personality; and Tom Westman, winner of CBS Survivor Palau.
The Cook Off will honor the ACE Foundation for its support of WCC's Disaster Preparation & Trauma Mitigation (DPTM) program. Sponsors include: Clear Channel; Brooklyn Brewery; EMCOR; Stand-Up NY Comedy Club; Metronome; Railworks; Strata; Commerce Bank; Turner; Ditch Plains; DMJM Harris; FreshDirect; The Harrison; Haven; London Fischer LLP; Lorina Beadscarves; Sodexho; Simply Chic; Sumile; Thalassa; and 2 West at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park.
Tickets are $150 and are available for purchase at http://www.ironskilletcookoff.org, or by calling 212-563-7570 x201.
Media representatives are welcome at the event. To RSVP, to arrange an interview with Lisa Orloff or any of the participating firefighters, or to get photos of the Cook Off, please contact Keith Emmer at 212-920-9205 or Ann-Marie Nieves at 914-461-4360.
World Cares Center ("WCC"), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in New York City after the 9/11 attacks, works to foster safe and effective disaster response and resiliency in communities worldwide. To learn more about WCC, call 1-800-975-4281 or visit http://www.worldcares.org.