Beach Food Pantry Hosts

Second 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 really 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: Outer Banks chefs and restaurants 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 some of the Outer Banks’ best restaurants. 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 and Beach Food Pantry Board President. “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 3, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 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 “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, silent auction, and the 50/50 drawing.

Tickets are available online at: Brown Paper Tickets – Holiday Chefs Challenge; at Made in the OBX in Kitty Hawk, by calling 252-261-2756; or emailing

Click here to buy tickets for Second Annual Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge. Check out this year's radio spot -   All proceeds help feed Dare County’s food insecure families who can’t afford to be finicky.

Outer Banks restaurants/chefs confirmed to date include -

BK Shuckers Oyster & Sports Bar

Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar

Bonnie's Bagels

Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café

Eastside Restaurant

Frogman's BBQ at Hotdoggers Cafe'

Garden Grille & Bar at Hilton Garden Inn

Jolly Roger Restaurant

Ocean Boulevard

Pigman's BBQ

Port O' Call Restaurant

The Saltbox Cafe

Simply Southern Kitchen

The evening's entertainment will feature local Outer Banks Musicians - Kim Kalman, Steve Hauser, and Sondra Meinhardt.

See the following video for more information:

The following Outer Banks businesses are proud sponsors of the Beach Food Pantry Second Annual Holiday Chefs Challenge:

  Presenting Sponsors:  Outer Banks Visitors Bureau; Captain George’s Seafood RestaurantEast Carolina Radio Group; and Three Dog Ink. Outer Banks Visitors Bureau


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Three Dog Ink

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Supporting Sponsors: Bizport OBX; Carolina Designs Realty; Dowdy & Osborne; First BankHilton Garden Inn; Hutchins Canning & CompanyKenyon Productions;  Made in the OBXMidgett Insurance Agency; Quail Run Business Center; Simply Southern Kitchen; and TowneBank.

Partners:  BK Shuckers Oyster & Sports BarBlue Water Grill & Raw BarBonnie’s Bagels; Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café; Eastside Restaurant; Frogman's BBQ at Hotdoggers Cafe'; GCP Design & Marketing; Garden Grill & Bar at Hilton Garden InnJolly Roger RestaurantKim Kalman Music; North Beach Sun; Ocean BoulevardOuter Banks Milepost Magazine; Ocean Boulevard; Outer Banks Voice; Pigman’s Bar-B-Que; Port O’Call; The Saltbox Café; and Spectrum Reach.

All proceeds will benefit the Beach Food Pantry. The Beach Food Pantry is a benevolent non-profit organization dedicated to serving the hungry in Dare County.

  2nd Annual Holiday Chefs Challenge

Please enjoy the following video from last year's event!


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