Passport Auto Presents Carpenter’s Cook-Off All-Stars 2023!

NOTICE: The Carpenter’s Cook-Off event will be held on October 13, 2024. Check back for updates in the next few months.



Please join us on Sunday, October 29th, 2023, from 12 noon to 3 pm at The Birchmere and indulge in an afternoon of food and fun while supporting Carpenter’s Shelter! At the Cook-Off All-Stars, attendees will enjoy tastings from 20 area restaurants, bid on hot ticket items during the live and silent auctions, and listen to live music by the Jones Point Band.


Check out Carpenter’s Cook-Off All-Stars 2023 participants and check back regularly for updates!



Meet our 2023 Celebrity Judges!

 Chef Daniel Burroughs is a personal chef and owner of the catering and healthy meal prep business, Finishing Touches. He is the former sous chef for the Washington Redskins Organization and Culinary Supervisor for the Presidents Club at the Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium. He had so much fun last year he wanted to participate again this year.
Josephine’s kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Matt Cockrell, whose 20 years in restaurant kitchens have been exclusively devoted to French cuisine. Cockrell began his career at Georgetown’s French country institution La Chaumiere before joining the opening team at Le Diplomate and eventually moving on to helm the kitchens at Mintwood Place and, later, Brasserie Liberte.
John Taylor Chapman, also known as “Night Mayor,” a fourth-term City Council member elected in November 2012 is on the board for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and Alexandria Economic Development Partnership. Founder of the Manumission Tour Company, John has earned “Top 10 under 40” and the Men of Courage Lifetime Achievement Award for his impactful leadership and service.
Chef Shelley Everett has catered soirees of all sizes for corporate and celebrity clients, including Oprah Winfrey, Sony Music, The Brooklyn Nets and Luther Vandross. Chef Shelley Everett is the owner of the Gourmet Angel Food Bank and The Chubby Biscuit.



Carpenter’s Cook-Off would not be possible without the generous support of our caring community. Sponsorship of Cook-Off is essential to reaching our annual fundraising goal for this event. We are so grateful for these outstanding community partnerships, which enable us to continue working towards our mission of ending homelessness in Northern Virginia.

Is your company interested in sponsoring? Click here for more information including a full list of benefits.

Thank you to our 2023 Cook-Off Sponsors!

Top Chef Sponsor

Commis Chef Sponsor

Sommelier Sponsors

Maitre D’ Sponsors



Foodie Sponsors



Bash Ambassadors is a passionate circle of individuals who support the Cook-Off and the shelter by providing financial support and inviting friends to join in. Bash Ambassadors receive tickets to the Cook-Off as well as pre-and-post event recognition. Looking forward to seeing all of our Bash Ambassadors on October 29th!

Many thanks to our Carpenter’s Cook-Off All-Stars Bash Ambassadors!

Feast Ambassador

Neil and Kelly Gillespie Kris Keydel and Janet Garber Kingstowne Cat Clinic Mike and Joy Lyden
Katherine McCarron and Ben Leaderland Catherine Sauter Shannon Steene  

Nosh Ambassador

Goodwin Living Ann and Chris McMurray Jennifer and JB Poersch  

Nibble Ambassador

Nancy DiPaolo Ray Reddy Kristin Teeters  


What are the levels and benefits of Bash Ambassadors? Read below to learn more!

Feast Membership- $1,035

10 tickets to Cook-Off

Name on Cook-Off webpage

Name in Cook-Off program

Nosh Membership- $535

4 tickets to Cook-Off

Name on Cook-Off webpage

Name in Cook-Off program

Nibble Membership- $350

2 tickets to Cook-Off

Name on Cook-Off webpage

Name in Cook-Off program


Early bird tickets sales end October 25th.  Purchase your tickets for the best price HERE!

Ticket Type

Early Bird

(September 1- October 25, 2023)


(October 29, 2023)

Adult (ages 13+)



Child (ages 12 and under)






Looking for a fun, easy way to give to Carpenter’s Shelter?

Interested in donating a one-of-a-kind auction item?

Email us at MCole@CarpentersShelter.Org

Live Auction Sneak-Peak

Thank you to Pedego Electric Bikes Alexandria for sponsoring one of our live auction items (Cruise in Comfort!) at this year’s Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-Off! We greatly appreciate your support!

Get ready to cruise in style and comfort with this amazing Pedego 26” Comfort Cruiser Electric Bike! This electric bike boasts a high-performance 36-volt, 17.5 amp-hour battery that can take you on incredible journeys for up to 50 miles on a single charge. Pedal with ease or simply twist the throttle for an effortless ride, thanks to the convenient pedal assist and throttle options. With reliable disc brakes, you’ll experience unmatched stopping power for safety and control, even on downhill rides. Not only does this bike deliver top-notch performance, but you can also choose from a variety of colors to match your personal style. Don’t miss your chance to own this fantastic Pedego Comfort Cruiser Electric Bike!