Sauvie Island, July 26, 2014.   The Harrington Family Foundation launched a new fundraiser this summer. Guests of the former NFL quarterback and Portland native Joey Harrington enjoyed a one-of-a-kind cook off by watching five of the region’s top chefs in a culinary battle.The Great Summer Chef Off drew over 185 people to Bladberry Farm on Sauvie Island. The benefit raised $45,000 for the Harrington Family Foundation to go toward bringing high quality health care and education to Oregon’s youth.

Congratulations to chef Rick Gencareli of Lardo. He received $5,000 to donate to an Oregon children’s charity of his choice: Friends Of The Children. The winning dish was a Smoked Pig Burger with American Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Pickled Watermelon + Dirty Mistard and sides of Cheesy Corn and a Sun Gold Tomato Grilled Bread Panzanella.

Ben Ives, Sara Delepine and Brian Huck enjoy the whiskey tasting bar.

Ben Ives, Sara Delepine and Brian Huck enjoy the whiskey tasting bar. 

Chef Rick Gencareli of Lardo

Chef Rick Gencareli of Lardo was the winner. 

Scholarship Winner Jessica Trinh gets a hand from the crowd.

Scholarship Winner Jessica Trinh gets a hand from the crowd.

The Harrington Family Foundation was created by Joey Harrington. Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has donated more than $1 million to Oregon nonprofits that support education and health care for in-state youth. The inaugural Chef Off event brought together five Portland chefs for a BBQ cook-off event to support the Foundation and its mission. The event included a silent auction and raise-the-paddle segment.

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