An event success!

pantry-to-plate-castPantry to Plate Chefs’ Challenge is one of Orlando’s most unique foodie events of the year. On September 18, over 200 people attended JFS Orlando’s annual fundraiser at the Winter Park Civic Center.  This event featured three fantastic local chefs and challenged them to prepare a gourmet recipe by using ingredients inspired by JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry. The three participating chefs included, Francesco Aiello, of Francesco’s Ristorante, Mark Baize of Roy’s Restaurant and Julie Casey of Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen. To see more pictures, click here.

The event’s fantastic hosts, Maxine Earhart from Maxine’s on Shine and Central Florida News 13’s Allison Walker Torres were back again to entertain all the guests. Judges include the winner of last year’s Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge  People’s Choice Award Isabella Morgia Di Vicari, co-owner of The Meatball Stoppe, Lauren Delgado, the food reporter for the Orlando Sentinel and the Director of Food and Beverage for Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa, Peter Vossenberg.

In addition to the delectable meals, the event featured unique silent auction items with all proceeds going to support the mission of JFS Orlando to provide vital, high-quality and innovative services to people in need, of all faiths.

Once dinner was complete, the attendees gave the People’s Choice Award to Chef Julie Casey for her balsamic chicken and hash dish, while Chef Francesco Aiello was given the Judge’s Choice Award. But the real winner of the night was JFS Orlando and the programs they offer to serve our community each and every day! For more information about JFS Orlando, please visit

Jillycakes- Dessert Sponsor

Thank you to Jillycakes for being the official Dessert Sponsor!

Jillian Hopke, owner of Jillycakes in Winter Park, will be presenting the dessert portion of JFS Orlando’s Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge this Sunday September 18. Jillian was the winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars Season 6. Jillycakes is a gourmet cupcake and specialty cake bakery striving to deliver unparalleled flavor experiences and unique statement confections! With more than 60 flavors available in mini and regular cupcakes as well as layered cakes, there’s something for every taste and any event

Check out the Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge Silent Auction where you can bid on a dozen specialty cupcakes from Jillycakes. Visit

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Isabella Morgia Di Vicari

Meet Isabella Morgia Di Vicari, Co-Owner and Chef of the Meatball Stoppe, who was the winner of the People’s Choice Award from the 2015 Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge. Isabella will be coming back this year as a judge! Don’t forget to check out the silent auction which includes a dinner for 8 at the Meatball Stoppe.

#thisisphilanthropy #pantrytoplate #meatballstoppe

Maxine – The Hostest with the Mostest

Thank you to Maxine from Maxine’s On Shine for being the host of the Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge along with Allison Walker Torres from Fox 13 News.

Let the bidding begin!

Handbid logo (1)The Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge silent auction is now live using Handbid, an electronic bidding system that will allow you to bid using your own smart phone or home computer. The Pantry to Plate Chefs’ Challenge silent auction will be open for bidding until approximately 7:30 PM on the night of the event, September 18, 2016. A 30 minute countdown will be activated at approximately 7:00PM. All registered bidders will receive a notification of the auction countdown.

1) For your home computer, follow this link to access our Handbid auction page:

2) If you have an iPhone or Android smart phone, go to the App store, search Handbid and download the Handbid app. Once it is installed, you can then search through all the Handbid auctions to find Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge.

Items can be previewed without a credit card, but you will need a credit card to place a bid. Items are to be picked up at check out following the conclusion of Pantry to Plate Chefs’ Challenge at the Winter Park Civic Center. Winners not present can make arrangements for items to be picked up JFS Orlando at a later date. Arrangements can also be made to mail items. There may be additional charges for shipping and handling beyond standard postage.

Check back for more items being added to the auction list.

For any difficulties, contact Mary Lee Walker at 407.644.7593 ext.241 or email at

Behind the scene with Chef Julie Casey

Go behind the scene with Chef Julie Casey as she shops at the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry and creates a recipe from the ingredients found there.



Behind the scene with Chef Mark Baize

Go behind the scene with Chef Mark Baize with Roy’s Restaurant. He loves to play with his food.


Behind the scene with Chef Francesco Aiello


Go behind the scenes with Chef Francesco Aiello from Francesco’s Ristorante for a look at the Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge.

Whole Foods – The Official Food Sponsor

WFM_Logo_CircleThank you to Whole Foods for being the Official Food Sponsor for the 2016 Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge.

Whole Foods will provide all the fresh ingredients used in creating the recipes served to our guest.

Whole Foods is known for seeking out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintaining the strictest quality standards in the industry, and having an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.



DINING AROUND TOWN tickets now on sale!

DINING AROUND TOWN is a drawing where one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift certificate from 13 restaurants. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Drawing will take place on September 18, 2016 at the Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge. Winner does need to be present to win. Dining Around Town Participating Restaurants: Oceanaire, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Roy’s, Season’s 52, F&D Kitchen and Bar, Emeril’s, PF Chang’s, Brio, Cheesecake Factory, Mitchell’s Seafood Kitchen, Bahama Breeze, Bonefish Grill, Ruth’s Chris.

2015 Dining Around Town Post