Carpenter’s Cook-Off was a delicious success!

Thank you everyone who joined us on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 12 noon to 3 pm at The Birchmere and indulged in an afternoon of food and fun while supporting Carpenter’s Shelter! At Cook-Off, nearly 500 attendees enjoyed tastings from 20 area restaurants, bid on hot ticket items during the live and silent auctions, and listen to live music by the Alpha Dog Blues Band.

Interested in showing off your skills at Carpenter’s Cook-Off 2019? Fill out the forms included in the restaurant information packet below.

Restaurant Information Packet 2019

Check out Carpenter’s Cook-Off 2019 participants and check back regularly for updates!

Winner: People’s Choice Award
Winner: Kid’s Choice Award
Mason Social
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Winner: Best Sweet Award Winner: Best Savory Award

Meet our 2019 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.


Chef Vikram Sunderam is the Executive Chef at Rasika and Rasika West End located in Washington, D.C. In 2014, he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic and had the honor of hosting President Barack Obama at Rasika for two birthday dinners. In August 2016, Chef Vikram opened his new restaurant, Bindaas, which focuses on Indian street food. Chef Vikram also published a cookbook called Rasika: Flavors of India, celebrated for making Sunderam’s high quality cuisine accessible to home cooks.

Beautiful food is a way of life for Chef Danielle Turner. As a personal chef, cooking instructor, food writer, and food stylist, she brings food to life in the kitchen, classroom, online, and in print. Chef Danielle has taught cooking classes throughout the DC area is currently the culinary instructor at Tastemakers. Her articles have appeared in The Food Network magazine and she has styled live cooking events, commercials, television shows, and cookbooks. Chef Danielle is a proud graduate of L’academie de Cuisine.


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 2019 Cook-Off Sponsors!

Host Committee:

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 VIP tickets to Cook-Off as well as a invitations to a pre-event reception. This year’s reception was held at The Motley Fool on Thursday, March 28th from 6-8 pm. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

Many thanks to our Carpenter’s Cook-Off 2019 Host Committee members!

Mary Alexandre Asha & Guy Anthony
Larry & Sharon Beeman Edith Bullard
Kim & Randy Davis Neil & Kelly Gillespie
Rita Grazda Charlotte Hall
Meghan & Patrick Hendy David & Susan Hirschmann
George Keller Kris Keydel
John Villar & Jen Lachman Peter Lunt & Pilar Vasquez-Lunt
Mike & Joy Lyden Tom McEwen & Norine Lyons
Ann & Chris McMurray Eli Peterson
Star & P.M. Picucci Jennifer & JB Poersch
Ray & Maggy Reddy Louise Roseman & Jerry McAndrews
Matthew & Amy Sheldon John & Elizabeth Siegel
Shannon Steene Mark Tonsetic
Shelli Vasser Gilliam Peter Adler & Elizabeth Wilmot

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

Feast Membership- $1,000

  • 10 VIP 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 VIP 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 VIP tickets to Cook-Off
  • 2 tickets to the Host Committee Reception
  • Name on Cook-Off webpage
  • Name in Cook-Off program

Early bird tickets go on sale on February 1st! Purchase your tickets for the best price HERE!

*VIP tickets include early entry to the event, two raffle tickets upon entry, and reserved seating at a table inside the venue. Doors will open for VIPs at 11:45 am!

Ticket Type

Early Bird

(February 1- 28, 2019)


(March 1- April 19, 2019)




Adult (ages 13+)



Child (ages 12 and under)



Looking for a fun, easy way to give to Carpenter’s Shelter? We’ve got not one, but two solutions for you!

With our Silent and Live Auctions you can bid on restaurant gift cards, theater tickets, gift baskets, getaways and more!

Silent Auction: On April 28th during Carpenter’s Cook-Off 2019, we will host a silent auction that will include items and experiences from Alexandria as well as special travel trips to far away places!

Live Auction: On April 28th during Carpenter’s Cook-Off 2019, we will also host a live auction that will include bigger ticket items and experiences that you do not want to miss! Come to Carpenter’s Cook-Off to have the chance to bid on these incredible prizes.

Interested in donating a one-of-a-kind auction item? Click here for more information!