Cooking Up Dreams, a unique fundraising event that features a culinary competition with samplings by local chefs and restaurants, is being held this Friday, March 31 from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. Guests and judges vote on the top dish that will win the People’s Choice or the Judge’s Awards. Guests will also enjoy complimentary wine and beer, full bar (non-hosted), music by DJ Scott Topper, a silent and live auction, red carpet entrance, and much more.

Judges for the event include The Restaurant Guy as well as Joey Buttitta, Anchor, KEYT; Krista Harris, Editor, Edible Santa Barbara; Jen Jasinski, owner, Rioja (Denver) and Max MacKissock, owner, Bar Dough (Denver).

Participating chefs and restaurants include Chef Vincent Lesage of Angel Oak at Bacara Resort & Spa; Chef Irvin Velex Calderon from the Santa Barbara BoatHouse; Chef Peter McNee from Convivo; Chef James Siao of Finch & Fork; Chef Weston Richards, Les Marchands Wine Bar; , Chef Steven Snook, First & Oak at the Mirabelle; Michael Hutchings, Michael’s Catering (Last year’s Judges’ and People’s Choice winner); Nimita Dhirajla, Nimita’s Cuisine; Chef Robert Perez, Oveja Blanca/The Black Sheep; Andrew Dickerson, Patxi’s Pizza; Joseph Baumel, Persona Woodfired Pizzeria; Chef Renaud, Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro; and Chef Jesus Charco, Santa Barbara FisHouse.

Proceeds from Cooking Up Dreams support Family Service Agency’s youth enrichment programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters, school-based counseling, and youth behavioral health—all programs targeting low-income at-risk youth who, with the help of counseling and mentors, are able to improve their personal growth and academic experience. Purchase tickets at

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  1. Kerry White says:

    what a great cause. I wish I could afford the ticket.. Looks great!

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