Caviar, ribs and chocolate caramel truffle pie, oh my!

Celebrity Chef Cooking for Community Service event raises money for Auburn's Gold Country Fairgrounds
By: Tiffani Collins, Auburn Journal Correspondent
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The 27th Annual Celebrity Chefs Cooking for Community Service Event
5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 7
Where: The Placer Building, Gold Country Fairgrounds.
Contact: Paula Mosqueda at (530) 863-7503
Tickets: $15. Available at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, Eisley’s Nursery, Marybelle’s, Old Town Pizza, Golden Swann Jewelers, Sierra Auto Body, Roper’s Jewelers and  at the door.

It is time, food-lovers of Auburn, to once again don your stretchy pants, tuck a napkin into the collar of your shirt, and pick up that knife and fork – the 27th Annual Celebrity Chef Fundraiser is nearly upon us.

From hobbyist cooks such as Randy Maki – of Maki’s Heating and Air – who makes some truly exceptional meat balls, to professionals such as The Ridge’s Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director Bert Beattie and his Sous Chef Taylor Ross – who will be offering their superb turkey chili with honey butter cornbread and signature chocolate-covered jax bacon – everyone will be sure to find something they’ll love.

There will also be barbecue ribs, caviar, cupcakes, cocktail shrimp, chocolate caramel truffle pie and much more. With more than 60 participants already signed up and more applying every day, it is safe to say that the spread will be varied and bountiful indeed.

“It’s only $15 to get together with all your friends, meet some really fine chefs, eat as much good food as you want and listen to some great live music,” said Auburn 49er Lion Andy Gonzales, Celebrity Chef chairman.

The 49er Lions will be hosting this year’s event and opening up the bar. The live music will be provided by Dr. Bach and his Jazz Practitioners.

It’s also a great way to support our community, according to Paula Mosqueda, who is the contact for any who wish to participate. Each year the Celebrity Chef fundraiser benefits a different organization and this year the proceeds will be going to Leadership Auburn, who plan on using the money to improve the Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds.

“I’m really impressed with Leadership Auburn. They are doing some truly great things for our fairgrounds,” said Mosqueda. “I have chefs signing up this year that never have before because it’s for this particular cause.”

“I love doing these types of events just for the community service aspect,” agreed Beattie. “Anything I can do to help out Auburn.”

Some plans for improving the Auburn fairgrounds include repairing the main sign – which was damaged awhile ago by a truck backing into it – as well as replacing old dilapidated fencing, new landscaping for the front entrance, installing new lighting and laying engraved bricks for the walkways.

Cathy Bianchi, owner of Gimmie Cake Too!, says she also enjoys participating in this annual fundraiser because it helps a different cause each year.

“It’s a good way to promote your business and what you do,” she said.

Bianchi hasn’t decided yet what she’ll bring to the event but she plans on offering one sweet thing and one savory dish. Whatever she decides, it’s sure to be delicious, as does everything else on the menu, so mark your calendars and bring your appetites because this year’s event may very well be the best one yet.