Local chefs will create their specialties in a barbecue competition Friday, May 7. The People's Choice Chef Cook Off to benefit Oak Hill Farm will be held at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke, from 5-8 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and are available through eventbrite.com. Ages 10-15 pay $10. Guests under 10 attend for free. Advance tickets also may be purchased by calling Oak Hill Farm at 260-672-8199. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event.
Attendees pay one price and sample a variety of barbecue items from five providers and vote for their favorite.
Cottage Event Center is at 966 Locust Drive, north of U.S. 24.
Proceeds help Oak Hill Farm to provide one-on-one equine therapy to local children. Children and adults also learn to care for horses. The fundraiser also helps local universities provide internships and community outreach through Oak Hill.
Oak Hill, at 4982 E. Station Road, Roanoke, is a not-for-profit organization. Get details at oakhillfarm.org. That website says Oak Hill Farm works to "develop self-esteem and life skills that will provide a helping hand to our clients to become part of their community and workforce for a lifetime."
Participating chefs represent Jimmy's BBQ of Fort Wayne, Walnut Hill Catering of Fort Wayne, Moose & Mollie's of Roanoke, Trubble Brewing of Fort Wayne and Gigi's Genesis Health Bar, Fort Wayne.
Brenda Malcolm Stoffel, Oak Hill Farm owner, is a therapeutic horsemanship riding instructor. "COVID has created a stronger bond for our organization as we developed family interaction into our one-on-one lesson platform," Stoffel wrote. "We still create smiles and self-esteem along with strong minds and bodies. We cheer on our students' successes no matter how small or large. Success at any level is a win."
Oak Hill Farm is at 4982 E. Station Road, Roanoke. Find driving directions on the website.
Both indoor and outdoor seating will be available (weather permitting) to accommodate social distancing. Curbside carryout will also be available.
Music for the fundraiser will be provided by singer Julie Hadaway, who will perform pop and country favorites. Hadaway, a former professor at Trine University and currently a teacher at Wayne High School, has performed for many years in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee. She has been a regular entertainer at The Cottage Event Center, Hall’s Triangle Park and at other events. Also appearing will be the quartet CODA, performing a variety of songs made famous by artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Patsy Cline to The Beatles and Elton John. CODA features lead vocals by Vickie Kibellus, who formerly starred in a number of productions at Bearcreek Farms Dinner Theater.