Food Fight 5 is upon us, and we are ecstatic for this elegant, charitable competition hosted by Team CMMD. Our executive chef, Stephanie Gray, will be participating once again after battling it out at Food Fight 3 in 2015. This year’s event will see seven chefs facing off to make the ultimate dish falling under the theme Fire and Ice.

Team CMMD is involved with various activities to raise money and make a difference in the lives of those fighting cancer—and their families. The foundation started in 2013 as a small group of people who had a goal of raising $15,000 for the American Cancer Society. After raising $65,000 by their initial deadline, Team CMMD has continued to raise money through events such as the upcoming Food Fight and the Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

Stephanie will be competing against David A. Schorn of Harvest Seasonal Grille, Steven Sturm of Firebirds, Paul Mingrino of Limoncello, personal chef David Walti, MacGregor Mann of Junto and Barry Sexton of The Opinionated Plate. Quite the list of local elites, but we are confident Stephanie will take the cake with her 20 years of experience in multiple styles of cuisine. It will be a competition for the books, and the goal is to raise $100,000 so Team CMMD can continue to provide direct financial assistance programs for local cancer families struggling financially in the wake of this disease.

More than 200 guests will congregate at Radley Run Country Club on March 25 to enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company and spirits from The Revivalist Botanical Gin, along with a gourmet meal. The night will also feature live music from guitarist Zach Brown and magic from entertainer Chad Juros. Check out a recap of Food Fight 3, featuring Stephanie.

Stephanie isn’t the only Gray involved with Team CMMD. Our general manager, Dane, will be joining the the team as a runner in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Support him with a donation as he and his Team CMMD “mates” aim for the $250,000 mark.

The run is May 7, and Dane will be prepared. He said, “I’ve started training already. I play soccer and I play racquetball and do jujitsu. None of those are 10-mile runs by any stretch, but it’s my goal. I can run around the restaurant all day, but 10 miles in a straight line will be a new experience and challenge for me!”

Kildare’s in West Chester is looking forward to being represented in the Food Fight 5 and in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run as a member of Team CMMD. Learn more about this local foundation, and by all means, donate directly to Team CMMD to support local families facing this disease.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub. 

Jay Breslin