Celebrity Chefs serve Auburn

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The 26th annual Celebrity Chefs Cooking for Community Service event took place March 1 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Every year, this event brings areas cooks together with anyone who likes to sample various culinary creations. The Auburn 49er Lions Club hosts this savory smorgasbord to benefit other nonprofit organizations and, by extension, the community. This year’s recipient group is the Forgotten Soldier Program.

“This was the most incredible event I have been to in a long time,” said Donna Arz, head of the Forgotten Soldier Program. “The people were so vivacious and loving.  Everyone joined together for service, given from the heart. Everything was wonderful, from the bread pudding to the beef brisket.”

It is impossible to list all the supporters of this event.  Cooks come from near and not-so-near.  There were chefs from the Auburn City Council, Auburn Recreation District, the Auburn Police Department, Bel Air-Raley’s, Kiwanis, Bootleggers, Sugar Plump Fairies, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and some 90 more.

Those in attendance were happy to sample tri-tip, truffles, Oahu friend rice, Maki meatballs, lemon bars, Placer Farm Supply beans, shrimp, Gimmie Cake Too! cupcakes, meatloaf, chili, teriyaki chicken, brownies à la mode and more. There was something for everyone.

Once again, Doctor Bach and his Jazz Practitioners provided the music.  An assortment of raffle prizes tempted many to test their good fortune.

It takes each and every chef and ticket holder to make the Celebrity Chefs Cooking for Community Service event a success. The Auburn 49er Lions and the Forgotten Soldier Program offer a big “thank you” to all who participated in this year’s event.

We happily invite you to return again in March 2013. See you then!

For more information about the activities of the Auburn 49er Lions Club, email