Local Chefs Shine At Wish Upon A Chef

By Jessica Maurer, posted Feb 5, 2020
The best appetizer award at Wish Upon a Chef was bestowed on Sam Cahoon of Savorez for a sweet potato, green apple and goat cheese arepa. (Photo by Jessica Maurer)

Many of the area’s top chefs gathered last week at the UNCW Burney Center for Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina’s Wish Upon a Chef event.

The annual event is the signature fundraiser for the chapter, which grants wishes for children with critical illness in the 49 counties east of the Orange/Alamance county line. Organizers report that this year’s event raised over $177,000.

The event featured 16 chefs broken into groups of four and assigned to one of four courses, appetizer, salad, entree and dessert.

Top honors for each category were voted upon by a team of judges, who conducted a blind tasting and ranked each dish based on presentation, flavor and creativity.

The best appetizer of the evening was awarded to Sam Cahoon of Savorez for a sweet potato, green apple and goat cheese arepa, while the salad category featured a tie between Christi Ferretti of Pine Valley Market for a nom sod Thai salad with ground pork and Cape Fear Seafood Company for a Mexican street corn salad with chili-lime shrimp.

There was also a tie for the entree category with awards presented to James Smith of Fork n Cork for a lobster mac and cheese with truffle hot sauce and Catering Thyme for a New Orleans-style shrimp & grits.

The award for best dessert was given to Sweet Bay Catering of Bald Head Island for a gâteau opéra – a chocolate and coffee layered cake.

Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email [email protected].

Ico insights


Mike stonestreet 300x300

Want To Be An Amazing Neighbor? Five Ways To Start (And Some Things To Avoid)

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services)
Michaelhiggins 41019104338

Guidance For A Surviving Spouse

Michael Higgins - Dignity Memorial

Have To Choose A Health-Care Plan? Some Ideas On Matching It To Your Needs

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC

Trending News

Project Begins To Expand Pharmaceutical Firm, Create Jobs

Cece Nunn - Sep 21, 2020

Last Three Recipients Announced For Downtown COVID-19 Grants

Staff Reports - Sep 21, 2020

In The Current Issue

Info Junkie: Michealle Gady

Michealle Gady, founder, president and CEO of Atrómitos, an SBA-certified woman-owned management consulting business, shares her tech and in...

Spotlighting This Year's MADE Awards

Several of this year’s MADE win­ners will participate in the upcoming virtual WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo....

Attractions Get Phase 2.5 Boost

Local museums were finally able to reopen after nearly six months of closure as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The news couldn’t come so...

Book On Business

The 2020 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



2020 Leadership Accelerator: Virtual Workshops for Real Leaders
2019 Health Care Heroes
August 26, 2019 Power Breakfast: A Healthy Sale?
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`