Passport Auto Group presents Carpenter’s Cook-Off Pop-Up 2022!

Carpenter’s Cook-Off is back with a twist! Get your tickets today! 

Carpenter’s Shelter’s signature tasting event will be held at a fabulous new Pop-Up location in Old Town Alexandria on Sunday, August 28th, 12:00-3:00pm. Carpenter’s Cook-Off Pop-Up includes sampling (and judging!) delicacies from top-rated local restaurants and caterers, live music from the Jones Point Band, a Children’s Corner, award presentation, live and silent auctions, and raffles. Join us for this fun-filled, family-friendly event that supports children, women, and men experiencing homelessness in Alexandria. Our new location is 201 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA (top floor), right next to the Torpedo Factory. Get your tickets today! Advance tickets are $50/adults, $20/child. At the door, tickets are $75/adult, $25/child.

These restaurants and caterers have already signed up to participate in Carpenter’s Cook-Off and more are being added every week! Check back regularly for updates!



Meet our 2022 Celebrity Judges!


Chef Daniel Burroughs is a former sous chef for the Washington Redskins Organization and Culinary Supervisor for the Presidents Club at the Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium. He is a personal chef out of Northern Virginia and currently runs his own catering and healthy meal prep business, Finishing Touches. Chef Burroughs has cooked for numerous musicians, athletes, comedians, actors, and celebrities and is working to open a ghost kitchen in DC in the next few months. Stay Tuned!


Samantha (Sam) Kasten is the founder & CEO of Umbrella Dry Drinks, a concept to provide sophisticated nonalcoholic options for those who wish to stay dry. Umbrella Dry Drinks was founded in December 2021 and is currently operating as a pop-up bar & bottle shop in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Sam lives in Old Town with her fiancé, Trevor, & their rescue dog, Carmel.


Winner of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic 1999”, Jeffrey Buben is the chef and owner of two restaurants in Washington, D.C., Bistro Bis and Woodward Table. Buben was the owner for the iconic Vidalia Restaurant which finally closed its doors after twenty-three years in December 2016. As a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and 40 plus years in the industry, he worked as a young chef in such notable restaurants as The Sign of the Dove, Le Cygne and Le Chantilly in New York and at several distinguished hotels including The Four Seasons, The Mayflower and The Hotel Pierre.

After relocating to Washington, D.C. area in 1984, Buben opened Vidalia in 1993 and was acknowledged by Bon Appetit as one of the “Best New Restaurants.” The fall of 1998 heralded the arrival of Buben’s second restaurant, Bistro Bis, located at the Hotel George on Capitol Hill. Bis features creative contemporary French bistro cooking with updated renditions of classic fare. With its numerous awards, Bis continues to be the place “Where Statesmen Dine.” Bis has been featured on the Travel Channel as a top restaurant destination in Washington, D.C. Jeffrey enjoys promoting and teaching his profession to young cooks. He is active in many local charities.




Carpenter’s Cook-Off Pop-Up would not be possible without the generous support of our caring community. We are so grateful for these outstanding community partnerships which power our mission to support people experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence.

Is your company interested in sponsoring? See our Sponsorship Opportunities for a full list of benefits.


Thank you to our early 2022 Cook-Off Sponsors! More are being added every week!

Presented by


Peter Lunt and Pilar Vasquez-Lunt



L&M Management



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, July 28th from 6-8 pm. Join Host Committee today!

Many thanks to our Carpenter’s Cook-Off 2022 Host Committee members!

Alfred Street Baptist Church – Feed the 5000 Project Jennifer & JB Poersch  Neil & Kelly Gillespie  K.K. Das Family Katherine McCarron Mary Regan
Matt and Amy Sheldon Chris and Ann McMurray Meghan and Patrick Hendy Nancy DiPaolo Kisha Perkins Rita Grazda
Simone Putnam Meg Milroy Mike and Joy Lyden Edith Bullard Tracey and Dan Pilone Nicole Bradley
Shannon Steene Val and Dottie Hawkins David and Marcia Speck Jim and Dee Taylor Ray and Maggy Reddy Tony Gross

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


Purchase your tickets today!

Ticket Type

In Advance

At the Door

Adult (ages 13+)



Child (ages 12 and under)





2022 Live Auction Items!

Silent Auction items include gift baskets, spa days, theater tickets, family fun days, restaurant gift cards, classes, wine, sports memorabilia, art, money jar, and so much more!