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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center will showcase its facilities while showcasing the local culinary community at an event Thursday night.

The Culinary Showcase scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m. downtown will raise funds for the Carver Career Center while giving area chefs the opportunity to showcase their skills.

According to Patrick Leahy, general manager of the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, attendees will have the opportunity to watch local food and beverage professionals prepare dishes in front of them in a “cocktail/reception type” atmosphere.

The culinary showcase will take place on Thursday evening.

Leahy told 580-WCHS that the chefs will bring out the food items and allow attendees to taste and ask questions about the dishes.

“This is an opportunity for us to raise funds, give the chefs some exposure and hopefully help the Carver Career Center raise funds that they may be able to use for scholarships. studies,” Leahy said.

Confirmed culinary attendees include Chef Evan Wilson, Ichiban Pan Asian; chef Jeremy Sprouse, The Lookout; Kerry Martin, Jamaican restaurant Karubees; Michael and Rachel Ervin, Coal River Coffee; Camron Cordon– Phat Daddy’s on Da Tracks; Morgan Morrison, Rock City; Stephanie Kraus, Valley Cakes & Café; Chief Ke, Keekreationzzz; chef Anthony Wilkins, Gourmet Fast; Chief Dennis Harris, Edgewood Country Club; Chief Thomas Grant and Chief Mandy Gum, Carver Career Center.

The celebrity judges of the contest portion will be food columnist April Hamilton, award-winning local chef Paul Smith and local morning radio host Chris Colagrosso.

The Thursday evening itinerary is scheduled:

5:30-6:15 p.m. Pre-Party, arrive early for the full experience
6:15-8:30 p.m. Local chefs, tastings, guest interactions, silent auction hosted by Jim Strawn and Taylor Eaton of WSAZ, music by DJEJ
8:30-9:00 p.m. Prize-giving ceremony

Leahy said his team wanted to present opportunities in the culinary arts while opening doors to their own establishment.

“How do we shed some light on these people, allow them to expose what they do, take advantage of this complex and this cuisine, and make it available to them to do something in the market,” he said. he said about the idea for the event.

Tickets for the event remain on sale, priced at $75 each plus additional fees.

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