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Cookin' with Who? Wrap Up

Posted on: November 14, 2013

Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS proudly sponsored The Third Annual “COOKIN’ with WHO?” competition at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. This event was held for the benefit of three wonderful Northwest Philadelphia non-profit organizations; East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN), The Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), and Awbury Arboretum.

An overwhelming response was received from the community. Ten aspiring chefs provided their favorite recipes for the evening’s feast. Following in the successful footsteps of previous years Cooking Competition, Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS sponsorship and La Prima Caterers provision of food and expertise guaranteed a successful evening. There were no leftovers, which of course is a testament to the talented chefs. Winners were selected based on two parameters: taste and most money raised by individual chefs in support of each non-profit organization.

Although our own Larry DiFranco did not officially win the contest, he was a winner in our book! His Italian Wedding Soup was delicate, flavorful and boasted perfectly cooked orzo and tender delicious meatballs.
In fact, all of the nights’ recipes (which are revealed in the Program Booklet handed out to guests) were wonderfully executed and merited 2nd and even 3rd helpings!!

At the end of the event Larry said, “I am so pleased with the overwhelming response to this event.  Everyone had a great time, the food was superb, and it was a pleasure spending the evening with so many committed, and generous, community supporters.”

The Elfant Wissahickon Team would like to congratulate the winners: Mr. Dwayne Wharton of Awbury Arboretum who was able to raise well over $1000 through his many supporters and to the grand prize winner, Prof. Karyn Wiseman of LTSP. Her decadent Coca Cola Brisket earned her the coveted “Mt. Airy Platinum Spatula” Award and bragging rights.

~ Bravo Chefs! ~

Organizing and sponsoring such events encourage people to be more active in their community. It was a big team effort from everyone involved and an absolute pleasure to be part of it.
The evening was a wonderful display of professional cooking skills, community support and a well executed successful event.
We look forward to next year’s Cook Off where we can hopefully bring home the coveted “Platinum Spatula”!