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Chefs Pitch in for a Worthy Cause at Progressive Dinner


Fourteen area chefs will donate their time and talents at Twin Oaks Community Services’ 9th Annual Progressive Dinner featuring cuisine prepared and served in the homes of Moorestown residents. The event will take place on Friday, October 18.

Patrons will meet for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the home of Congressman Jon Runyan before heading off to one of the host homes for a gourmet dinner prepared by a professional culinary artist. The entire group gathers again after dinner for a dessert reception.

Participating chefs include well-known James Beard Award winners Marc Vetri and ‘Iron Chef’ Jose Garces. Both will soon open restaurants at the Moorestown Mall. A statement from Twin Oaks said, “The new restaurants will raise the bar for culinary experiences in the area and the Moorestown Progressive Dinner is the perfect setting to demonstrate their culinary expertise.” The Vetri restaurant, Osteria, is set to open before the end of this year. Garces’ Distrito will open in 2014.

The lineup of participating professionals also

Chef Brad Spence of Amis Trattoria  will participate in the Twin Oaks Progressive Dinner on October 18. (Shown here with news anchor Rick Williams and his wife, Jocelyn, at  the event in 2012.)

Chef Brad Spence of Amis Trattoria will participate in the Twin Oaks Progressive Dinner in Moorestown on October 18. (Shown here with news anchor Rick Williams and his wife, Jocelyn, at the event in 2012.) Photo: Bob Laramie

includes: Chef Tanya Barbarics, I Love This Food! Personal Chef Service; Executive Chef Markese Beverly, The Chop House; Chef Adam DeLosso, Garces Catering; Chef Michael Ferguson, Caffe Aldo Lamberti; Chef Todd Fuller, Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market; Chef Michael Georgetti, Georgetti’s Pasta & Sauce Market; Executive Chef Jonathan Jernigan, Cathedral Kitchen; Chef Sofia Karakasidou, Kuzina by Sofia; Executive Chef Kevin Kramer, Capital Grille; Executive Chef Nunzio Patruno, Nunzio’s Ristorante Rustico; Chef Peter Severino, Severino Pasta Company; Executive Chef Brandon Smith, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar; Executive Chef Brad Spence, Amis Trattoria; and Executive Chef Ray Spinelli, Sensational Host Caterers, Inc.

Tickets are $200.00 per person. Proceeds will help fill two food pantries and also fund services for adults and children with developmental disabilities. About 200 people are expected to take part in the progressive dinner.

“The progressive dinner is a wonderful way to bring the community together to raise money for a great cause,” said Pamela Collins, Chief Development Officer for Twin Oaks. “We are very thankful to the hosts who are opening up their homes and their hearts; as well as for the chefs who are donating their time and energy to help make the event a success.”

According to Collins, The Progressive Dinner has raised more than five hundred thousand dollars for Twin Oaks through the years. Tickets for the event, as well as a list of host homes, are available on the Twin Oaks website, www.twinoaks.org.

Twin Oaks Community Services, located in Mt. Holly, provides more than 100 behavioral health programs and behavioral health services to vulnerable children, adults and families throughout New Jersey. For information about tickets, sponsorships or chef opportunities, please visit the website or call the Development Office at (609) 267-5928.

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