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.
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.