Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hottest Chefs in the Triangle pose for new calendar for charity

Chef Serge Falcoz-Vigne of Saint Jacques French Cuisine in Raleigh.

Dathan Kazsuk | January 17, 2017
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How does one support thousands of people facing hunger each year in North Carolina? You put together a calendar of the Triangle's hottest chefs. No. I'm not kidding. You sell a 12-month calendar featuring a diverse range of culinary chefs based out of the Triangle.
The calendar came to existence thanks in part to Taste Nutrition Consulting, Tabletop Media Group, Glover Corporation and of course the local chefs. All proceeds of calendars sold will go towards the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina – which is a nonprofit organization that helps feed starving people and families in the 34-county service area here in North Carolina.

But how difficult was it to find 12 chefs to grace the pages of this nonprofit calendar. "It was hard choosing only 12 chefs," says Tessa Nguyen of Taste Nutrition Consulting. "We had a short turnaround time to get things done before the end of the year, and submitting things to the printer, so it ultimately came down to scheduling."

And this all came to fruition on January 16 for the launch party held at Crank Arm Brewing Company in downtown Raleigh. The event was fro 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with more than 100-plus culinary fans who came out to see who made the cut.

Many of the chefs were on hand, happy to pose with their new favorite month of the year. Some of the chefs that wound up inside the pages of the calendar include Daniel Benjamin of lucettegrace; Teddy Diggs of Il Palio; Kim Hunter of Kimbap Cafe; Regan Stachler of Little Hen; and Mike Lee of M Sushi and M Kokko – who also happens to grace the cover of the calendar.

"We determined him to be the 'hottest chef' because he has recently opened two restaurants and has plans for expansion of two new concepts in the Triangle very soon," says Kristen Baughman of Tabletop Media Group.

If you are interested in obtaining a calendar for yourself, one can be ordered online for $19.99 here!

Chef Mario Huante says this is the first time he's ever graced the inside of a calendar.