Carpenter’s Cook-Off 2020 Postponed!

This year’s Cook-Off has been postponed and notices will be posted when a new date is set!

Please join us on Sunday, April 19th, 2020 from 12 noon to 3 pm at The Birchmere and indulge in an afternoon of food and fun while supporting Carpenter’s Shelter! At Cook-Off, 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 2020 participants and check back regularly for updates!



Meet our 2020 Celebrity Judges!

Chef Duane Keller is the Executive Chef at the Belle Haven Country Club. Among his many honors are receiving the James Beard Foundation Certificate in 2001 and helping Julia Child to celebrate a delicious 90th birthday in 2002. Washington Magazine has frequently included Chef Duane in lists of top local chefs and Gourmet Magazine featured him during his tenure as head chef at the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia. Chef Duane has also lent his cooking skills during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and Pentagon rescue operations on September 11th.

Amy Brandwein is the chef and owner of Centrolina, a combined seasonal Italian restaurant and market that opened in CityCenterDC in spring 2015. Throughout her career, Chef Brandwein has earned many accolades, including recognition as a James Beard Foundation Award finalist for three consecutive years (2019, 2018, 2017) in the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category. 


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

Thank you to our 2020 Cook-Off Sponsors!


Host Committee is a passionate circle of individuals who support Cook-Off and the shelter by providing financial support and inviting friends to join in. Host Committee members receive tickets to Cook-Off as well as a invitations to a pre-event reception. This year’s reception will be held at Mia’s Italian Kitchen on Thursday, March 19th from 6-8 pm. Looking forward to seeing all of our Host Committee members in attendance!

Many thanks to our Carpenter’s Cook-Off 2020 Host Committee members!

Edith Bullard Neil & Kelly Gillespie George Keller Mike & Joy Lyden Ray & Maggie Reddy Louise Roseman & Jerry McAndrews
John & Elizabeth Siegel Mark Tonsetic Jennifer & JB Poersch Meg Milroy Rita Grazda Matt & Amy Sheldon
Mary Alexandre Jeanne Gardner Shannon Steene Beverly & John Bernhards Heather Orenstein Ann & Chris McMurray
Tom McEwen & Norine Lyons Meghan & Patrick

What are the levels and benefits of Host Committee? Read below to learn more!

Feast Membership- $1,000

10 tickets to Cook-Off

10 tickets to the Host Committee Reception

Name on Cook-Off webpage

Name in Cook-Off program

Nosh Membership- $500

4 tickets to Cook-Off

4 tickets to the Host Committee Reception

Name on Cook-Off webpage

Name in Cook-Off program

Nibble Membership- $350

2 tickets to Cook-Off

2 tickets to the Host Committee Reception

Name on Cook-Off webpage

Name in Cook-Off program


Early bird tickets sales end February 28th.  Purchase your tickets for the best price HERE!

Ticket Type

Early Bird

(February 1- 28, 2020)


(March 1- April 19, 2020)

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 AnthoniaEmordi@CarpentersShelter.Org

Thank you to Moss Building & Design for sponsoring one of our live auction items (Handyman for a Day) at this year’s Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-Off! We greatly appreciate your support!