As many people know, life is always sweeter when you have a great buddy by your side and Best Buddies Virginia’s Chef Buddy pairs will prove that at Life is Sweet, a culinary tasting event, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, while raising funds to support the Best Buddies programs. Long-time partner CSC will host the event at their headquarters located at 3170 Fairview Park Drive in Falls Church, Virginia from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with sponsors to include SAP NS2 and Exelis.
Guests will have the opportunity to taste savory treats and decadent desserts created by many of the best chefs in the area. Each chef has been partnered with a Best Buddies participant, and all of the pairs will showcase their treats throughout the evening. This event provides a wonderful example of the work-life opportunities that exist in our community, while showcasing the abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Life is Sweet Chair Susan Wallace, Executive Pastry Chef of BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant. “I really enjoy sharing my passion of pastry with my Buddy Chef and shining a light on such a worthy cause.”
“Exelis is pleased to support and contribute to the mission of Best Buddies,” said Bob Edmonds, Exelis Vice President and Best Buddies Virginia Advisory Board Member “Exelis is committed to bringing diversity to the workplace, building upon its history of civic engagement, and continuing to provide opportunities for the disability community. We are honored to join Life is Sweet as a sponsor this year.”
Guests will sample delicious creations from culinary artists including Chef Chris Hutcheson of District Commons, Suga Chef’s Padua Player, Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso, Eurest Catering and Chef James Foley, Swiss Bakery’s Chef Bethany Drake, Chef Susan Wallace, and George Fassiadis of the Weston National Harbor to name a few. Highlights of the evening will include a silent auction running throughout the tasting, and a live auction scheduled to take place at 8:00 pm. Featured auction items include restaurant certificates, hotel accommodations, sports memorabilia, an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, a stay in a luxury apartment in Buenos Aires, an In-Home Cooking Demo for up to 10 people with Executive Chef Gregory Booth and Pastry Chef Padua Player, and much more.
Tommy McFly, host of 94.7 FRESH FM, will be the emcee for the night, and Miss District of Columbia USA, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA, Miss Virginia USA and Miss Teen Virginia USA will also be present to support the cause. Tickets can be purchased at www.bestbuddiesvirginia.org/lis