Downtown hosts cook-off finale

Event raises funds for a Vernon family coping with medical issues

Jennifer Innis will participate in the Avenue Market Chef's Corner Cook-Off finale.

Jennifer Innis will participate in the Avenue Market Chef's Corner Cook-Off finale.

What happens when you combine the Avenue Market Chef’s Corner Cook-Off finale with a fundraiser? A white tent affair with great food and local entertainment.

Throughout the summer, Vernon’s Avenue Market was host to a battle of the grills where local chef’s shopped the market for seasonal items and then competed against one another to secure a spot to go up against Jennifer Innis, who finished as a top seven finalist in MasterChef Canada.

On Sept. 18, the Chef’s Corner Cook-Off finale takes place.

“We are excited to have Jennifer Innis participate! She has some serious competition in the chefs from Eatology, Station BBQ, and from Olive Us/Gumtree Catering, so we can’t wait to see what sort of creations they come up with,” said Lara Konkin, Downtown Vernon Association executive director.

‘The finale took on a bit of a twist when it was brought to our attention that the local gentleman, Tony Rupp, who makes the grills is going in for a kidney transplant. He has been going in several times a week for dialysis throughout the entire duration of the Chef’s Corner Cook off while also coming out with his wife Colleen to donate his time and grills. Not only is Tony going to be laid up for quite some time after his surgery but it is his employee that is donating the kidney Tony needs to survive.”

The DVA is selling judging seats for the finale as a way to help raise funds that will go directly to the Rupp family to help offset some of the costs associated with Tony’s recovery.

Participants can purchase individually the appetizer course for $20, the entrée course for $50, or the dessert course for $30. Alternatively, a person can purchase a ticket for all three courses for $89. There is limited seating available for this event which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on 30th Avenue.

“Judges will taste something from each chef along with tastings of local wine from Edge of the Earth Vineyard as well as ciders from BX Press,” said Konkin.

“They have the ultimate seats along with the chance to vote who comes out the winner.”

For information and to purchase tickets, call 250-542-5851.