Friday, October 23, 2015

Cripple Creek's culinary battle

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 11:38 AM

  • Courtesy Wildwood Casino
It's the third year that Cripple Creek's Wildwood Casino is hosting its Culinary Challenge, benefitting Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.

Observe the finals from 3 to 5 on Saturday, October 24th, in the Teller Room. 

I'll be there, co-judging with chef Justin Werner, winner of Food Network’s show Chopped in 2012, plus Jen Lennon, host of Moms Everyday on KKTV, and Care & Share's CEO Lynne Telford. Chris and Nomi from RXP Mornings with Chris & Nomi will emcee the event. 
Here's a sneak peak at the dishes to be presented plus more info on the event:

The finalists for each category are:

Ronald Cartner, Cordon Bleu Egg Roll
John Harding, Green Chili Mac & Cheese Crunchers with Bacon Jalapeño Dipping Sauce
Kathy Matejka, Colorado Harvest Salsa

Elizabeth White Heinz, Cheesy Pumpkin Lasagna
Rebecca Burris, Artichoke & Chicken Alfredo-Stuffed Portabella Mushroom with Roasted Asparagus, Red Peppers and Baby Red Potatoes
Diana Bishop, Miso Ramen with Braised Pork Belly and Side Salad with Honey Miso Dressing

Elva Harsch, Harsch’s Holiday Favorite Tiramisu
Christopher Shortis, Blackberry Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake
Jaleanna Bidges, Apple Pie Cupcakes

Student Choice:
Jerrod Gallup, Banana Blondie Blits
Sarah Kuhn, Sara’s S’mores
Kensley Pekron, Pumpkin Marshmallow
Jessica Tanis, Loaded Baked Chicken
Indi Yantorno, Anaheim Pig in a Blanket

“We’ve gathered a talented group of home cooks to compete in our 3rd Annual Culinary Challenge, and we can’t wait to see what they’re going to cook up for us,” said Kevin Werner, vice president and general manager at Wildwood Casino. “We’re excited to see the creative recipes the contestants have developed, and we’re ready for some friendly competition, all to benefit a worthy cause.”

The first place winners from each category will receive $500 and a Stay & Play package; second place winners will receive $250 and a Stay & Play package; third place winners will receive $100 and a Stay & Play package; the grand prize winner will receive an additional $500. All winners will be featured in Wildwood Casino’s Care and Share menu, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the charity.

For official rules and additional information, visit
About Wildwood Casino
As Cripple Creek's foremost gaming destination, Wildwood Casino offers 58,000 square feet of gaming action with more than 500 slot machines, live action poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and off track betting all on one level. Guests enjoy a convenient 225,000 square-foot enclosed climate-controlled parking garage with direct access to the gaming floor. The casino's diverse dining options include Mavericks Buffet, Saddle Bar, Pho 54 and Borriello Brothers. GKMI, a 67-room hotel, provides on-site accommodations and amenities including Cripple Creek's only indoor pool and complimentary shuttle service. Your first choice is the first casino on the right. For more information about Wildwood Casino visit or call 719-244-9700.

About Care and Share Food Bank
At Care and Share Food Bank, we believe that no one should go hungry. Every day, we provide food to our partner agencies across Southern Colorado to serve families, children and seniors in need because well-fed communities are safer, more stable, and more vibrant for us all. Care and Share is also a member of Feeding America, a national food bank association. Every year, Care and Share distributes more than 19 million pounds of food throughout 31 counties in Southern Colorado to more than 300 partner agencies. For more information about how Care and Share Food Bank is ending hunger in Southern Colorado and how you can help, please contact Shannon Coker at (719) 528-1247, or visit the website at

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