Celebrity fundraiser on Sept. 7 will raise funds for Chatt Tech and Strand Theatre
by Sally Litchfield
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Organizers and participants of the upcoming Roasted: A Celebrity ‘Food Fight,’ Fundraiser gathered at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre recently to finalize plans for this year’s event that will benefit the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and The Strand. Gathering with cooking utensil props include, from left: Hillary Gallagher, program director for the culinary arts department at Chattahoochee Tech; Tim Lee, chairman of the Cobb County Commissioners; Faye DiMassimo (kneeling), director of Cobb County Dept. of Transportation and vice chair of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre board of trustees; Johnnie Gabriel, of Gabriel’s Restaurant and Baker, who will serve as emcee of the event; Dr. Ron Newcomb, president of Chattahoochee Tech; and Kim Gresh of S.A. White Oil Co. and vice chair of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre board of trustees.
Organizers and participants of the upcoming Roasted: A Celebrity ‘Food Fight,’ Fundraiser gathered at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre recently to finalize plans for this year’s event that will benefit the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and The Strand. Gathering with cooking utensil props include, from left: Hillary Gallagher, program director for the culinary arts department at Chattahoochee Tech; Tim Lee, chairman of the Cobb County Commissioners; Faye DiMassimo (kneeling), director of Cobb County Dept. of Transportation and vice chair of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre board of trustees; Johnnie Gabriel, of Gabriel’s Restaurant and Baker, who will serve as emcee of the event; Dr. Ron Newcomb, president of Chattahoochee Tech; and Kim Gresh of S.A. White Oil Co. and vice chair of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre board of trustees.
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DiMassimo holds on to her rolling pin as Lee tries on a cooking pot for a helmet during a planning get together for the upcoming Roasted: A Celebrity ‘Food Fight.’
DiMassimo holds on to her rolling pin as Lee tries on a cooking pot for a helmet during a planning get together for the upcoming Roasted: A Celebrity ‘Food Fight.’
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DiMassimo, left, and Gresh prepare to do battle with their kitchen utensils.
DiMassimo, left, and Gresh prepare to do battle with their kitchen utensils.
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Things are heating up at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. On Sept. 7 at 3 p.m., local celebrities will participate in Roasted: A Celebrity “Food Fight” Fundraiser, a cooking competition where some will roast and others will go home roasted.

The evening benefits Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and The Strand.

“(Roasted: A Celebrity ‘Food Fight’ Fundraiser) is like watching a Food Network show live but instead of famous chefs, it features our local celebrities, government officials and community leaders who may not be the most trained of cooks,” said Strand General Manager Cassi Costoulas who succeeded Earl Reece.

Upon their arrival, guests will relish hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Chattahoochee Technical College Culinary Program and will then gather in the auditorium to watch the live competition unfold live on The Strand stage.

The show will feature four teams consisting of a chef and sous chef who will scramble to whip up on the competition: Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin with Shan Cooper, vice president of Lockheed Martin; Cobb Commissioner Chairman Tim Lee with Elaine Armster, Special Projects Chief at the Georgia Department of Transportation; Attorney General Sam Olens with Kim Gresh, president of SA White Oil Co.; and Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon with Faye DiMassimo, director of the Cobb Department of Transportation.

“This is not a scripted event. The audience is going to get to watch the people that they see in the newspaper every week compete with each other in an area that they are not experts in,” Costoulas said. “In fact, one of the teams has been talking about meeting up beforehand to prepare — not on how to create the best dish, but on tactics for throwing their competition off their game.”

Johnnie Gabriel, who owns the popular Marietta bakery and restaurant Gabriel’s, will host the event. With the help of two randomly selected audience members, Gabriel will judge the finished dishes. Chef Hillary Gallagher of Chattahoochee Tech and her team of culinary students will be keeping a close eye on the competitors to ensure the historic theater stays intact.

“We are so excited to host such a unique event here at The Strand,” Costoulas said, “this will be a very fun and entertaining evening, and we can’t wait to see what our celebrity chefs create.”

A silent auction will take place in lobby prior to the show.

“For the foodies out there, we will have a fantastic silent auction that includes a food-featured vacation to New York and other yummy foodie packages,” she said.

Tickets are $45 and include assigned seating and hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit www.earlsmithstrand.org.

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