Beach Food Pantry Hosts First Annual

Holiday Chefs Challenge!



Coffee-coated canned tuna cakes with maple syrup demi-glace? Instant potato casserole studded with peanut butter Pop-Tarts?  If the average person tried to make culinary magic from the Beach Food Pantry’s list of most-donated items, chances are the results might not be so tasty. But what about when you ask the Outer Banks best chefs to make culinary magic?

“That’s what we hope to find out,” says Beach Food Pantry Executive Director Kathy McCullough Testa. “We want to see how creative our local chefs can be making delicious meals out of everyday food items. And, of course, we want to raise money and awareness to fight food insecurity right here on the Outer Banks.”

It’s called the Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge, and here’s how it works:  10 area chefs have 60 minutes to cook a delectable dish using anything that is on a list of items that the Beach Food Pantry has in stock, with one of the items having to be a canned good (vegetable, tuna, beans, and the like).  Attendees will then sample each creation and vote on the tastiest, most creative dish. And while making top-notch cuisine from non-perishable goods may sound tricky, you’d be surprised what a good chef can do with canned goods, ground beef, and a rack of spices. Then again, maybe you wouldn’t. After all, we’re talking about restaurants like Coastal Provisions, Metropolis, The Garden Grille at Hilton Garden Inn, and Pigman’s Bar-B-Que. Every one of which is as competitive as they are skilled.

“It’s easy to make a filet mignon melt in your mouth,” says Richard Bruce of Pigman’s Bar-B-Que.  “But this will be a real test of skills.  And a lot of fun to see what folks come up with using every day food items that are available at the Beach Food Pantry.”

Want to help choose the crowned prince or princess of canned goods? Join us on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk.  $50 gets you live holiday music provided by local Outer Banks musicians, two drinks, a bite of every dish, and one “Gateway Bank Culinary Coin” to vote for your favorite creation – plus a tasting of an appetizer, dessert, or entrée that each chef is preparing specially for the event.  Don’t be afraid to bring money to buy extra “Culinary Coins” to help your favorite chef win, and to participate in the prize basket raffles and the 50/50 drawing.  All proceeds help feed Dare County’s food insecure families who can’t afford to be finicky.

Chefs and restaurants that are currently participating include:  BK Shuckers, Coastal Provisions, The Garden Grille at Hilton Garden Inn, Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern,Metropolis, Mulligans Raw Bar & Grille, Pigman’s Bar-B-Que, Red Sky Café, and Shure Foods.  More chefs will be announced soon!

Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets at the link below ;  by emailing; calling 252-261-2756; or at the following fine Outer Banks establishments:  Gateway Bank in Kitty Hawk; Made in the OBX in Kitty Hawk, Three Dog Ink in Nags Head, and Pigman’s Bar-B-Que in Kill Devil Hills.

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The First Annual Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge is sponsored in part by the following:

Title SponsorsOuter Banks Visitors Bureau; East Carolina Radio Group; and Three Dog Ink.

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

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Supporting SponsorsMade in the OBX; Midgett Insurance Agency; Outer Banks Blue; Outer Banks Home Builders Association; Outer Banks Pool & Spa Association; TowneBank; and Yadkin Bank.

Partners:  Charter Media; Dowdy & Osborne; First Bank; Gateway Bank; GCP Design & Marketing; Hilton Garden Inn Johnson, Burgess, Mizelle & Straub; Kim Kalman MusicLife’s Classic Memories;  Milepost Magazine; Outer Banks Voice; Oasis Day Spa & Salon; Pigman’s Bar-B-Que; Red Sky Café; Shure Foods; and Southern Insurance Agency.

Attendees can also stay that evening at a very special room rate of $89 plus tax.  Contact the Hilton Garden Inn at 252-261-1290 and mention the “Beach Food Pantry” to book your room.

If you are interested in donating an item for our gift basket raffle or becoming a sponsor, email us at We still have space for more items and sponsors!!!

All proceeds will benefit the Beach Food Pantry. The Beach Food Pantry is a full 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under IRS code.

For a copy of the First Annual Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge Poster: 2014 First Annual Holiday Chefs Challenge

2014 First Annual Holiday Chefs Challenge

For our radio ad, click and take a listen!

Currituck-Dare Women’s Fund Awards Grant to Beach Food Pantry

The Board of Directors of the Currituck-Dare Women’s Fund, a program of the Currituck-Dare Community Foundation, announced 2014 awards from its grantmaking fund, according to Sheila Tyler, board president. The Beach Food Pantry was honored to be one of this year’s recipients of a $500 grant. This year’s nonprofit recipients include:

  • Beach Food Pantry;
  • Albemarle Hopeline;
  • Food Bank of the Albemarle;
  • Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast.

Checks were presented an event held last month at Coastal Provisions in Southern Shores.

Peggy Birkemeier, vice president, said that each of the grantees provides valuable programs to women and children in the area and that the Currituck-Dare Women’s Fund is happy to have been able to provide more funding this year. “The needs are great, and our goal is to do more,” she said.

Pictured below are the members of the Currituck-Dare Women’s Fund presenting checks to the four non-profit grant awardees.

2014 Currituck-Dare Womens Fund Grant

First Annual Turkey Drive – Friday, November 21

The Beach Food Pantry is hosting its First Annual Turkey drive on Friday, November 21, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Beach Food Pantry at 500 Sand Dune Drive in Kitty Hawk.  The event is sponsored by our neighbor The Auto Man and by Dixie 105.7.  We will be having a live remote with DJ Ray Turner and collecting frozen turkeys and non-perishable food items to assist us with our holiday food distribution.   For a list of what we need, click here.

Come on out on Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., listen to some great music, check what the Auto Man has to offer, and support a great cause!

Hope to see you on Friday!



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Thank You Outer Banks Trio and Jack & Jackie Shea for the Refrigerators!

The Beach Food Pantry has received a donation of two refrigerator-freezers.  The refrigerators will assist us in accepting and distributing more fresh and frozen items from our area super markets which regularly provide us with food donations.   Special thanks goes to Outer Banks Trio in Kitty Hawk and Board Member Hon. Jack & Jackie Shea for their ongoing support of the Beach Food Pantry.

Thank You Jack and Jackie Shea!

Thank You Jack and Jackie Shea!!!


Refrigerator - OBX Trio

Thank You Outer Banks Trio!

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