On March 26, Executive Chef Matthew Lasof won the First Annual Chef’s Challenge, a fun cooking event that raised funds to complete the Community Kitchen here at Community Action Center. Lasof won the coveted “Golden Spatula,” something we “cooked up” to present at the event.

Chef Matthew Lasof shows his hardware to the group, as Mayor Glenn Johnson, a 2017 Chef’s Challenge Judge, looks on

On July 20, we gathered the Chef’s Challenge organizing group, the competing chefs, and a couple of the judges, to present Chef Matt with the Golden Spatula mounted on an engraved plaque, which will take its place with other of Chef’s most prestigious awards, we’re sure. Hosted at Paradise Creek Brewery, Chef’s Challenge judges Joan Swenson and Glenn Johnson presented the prize to the cheers of our small but mighty group!

The award  get-together gave the group opportunity to celebrate the successful fundraising event, which raised the last $21,000  needed to complete the Community Kitchen, as well as to celebrate next year’s event in advance. That celebration comes as Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories has generously offered to sponsor Chef’s Challenge by offering use of the SEL Event Center for the 2018 Chef’s Challenge! Thanks SEL!

After receiving the Golden Spatula, Chef Matt issued a challenge to those in attendance: he’s donating $100 to the work of Community Action Center and challenged everyone there to do the same! (Thanks, chef!) In response, Columbia Bank Manager Graham Adderson quickly agreed to meet that challenge with another $100 pledge! (Thanks, Graham!)

We are passing that challenge on to you: if you want to take action against poverty and hunger in Whitman County, to help those experiencing hunger and poverty to fully reach their potential, and to make your community a better place to live, join in with your $100 donation to Community Action Center! Just click here. And if you can’t make a one-time, $100 donation, it’s easy to give $10 per month by credit card using the “Make this Donation Monthly” check box!

Congratulations again, Chef Lasof, nicely done!