Gourmet Dishes, Lavish Decorations Are Highlights of Annual Chefs Tour

Stafford PTO Organizes Festive, Food-Centered Fundraiser
By Victoria Ford | Dec 09, 2019
Courtesy of: Stafford PTO The Arocho family’s home is new to this year’s tour. They will host Kubel’s Too.

Stafford Township — Only a handful of tickets remain for the Stafford Township PTO’s 11th annual Chefs Tour, this Saturday evening from 4 to 9 p.m.

Organizer Lori Wyrsch said this year’s event is bittersweet, as Shore Fire Grille owner Tim Kohlheim, who passed away earlier this year, “was a staunch supporter and instrumental in making it as successful as it now is.”

Participating restaurants include Shore Fire Grille, Tide Table Group, Parson’s Seafood, Kubel’s Too, Bubbakoo’s, TGIFriday’s, Sandbox, Fusaro’s Pizza and Pasta, Biggy’s Beach Grille, Cake That!, How You Brewin’, The Woohoo and Coffee BouTEAque.

Each restaurant is located at one home, where they serve a variety of foods.

Menu highlights for 2019 include mini bread bowls with clam chowder, empanadas, risotto bowls, jerk chicken tacos, coconut shrimp, pork belly tartine (apple cider glazed pork belly with fennel purée and shaved green apple on toasted baguette), squash velouté (butternut squash and five-spice soup with crispy duck leg confit and braised black currants), oysters on the half-shell (Parson’s Seafood pineyettes with sriracha ketchup, fresh grated horseradish and micro cilantro).

Each group of 50 tasters will be assigned a starting location, Wyrsch explained. Every 20 to 30 minutes they will rotate to the next home. While sampling the foods, guests can admire the homes decorated for the holidays and place raffle tickets for about 150 gift baskets and nine grand prizes, valued at $500 and up. They include such items as a stand-up paddleboard, Camelback and Visa gift cards, a 65-inch flat screen television and a Yeti cooler. Basket items range from spa gift cards, beach badges and kitchen appliances to Legos, a Cricut machine and an XBox One.

On the tour are six residential homes and two historical sites. The tour ends at Ocean Acres Elementary School, where the raffle is drawn.

“It is a huge community-based event,” Wyrsch said. “Stafford Historical Society is on the tour with the train station and the Old Baptist Church, where they feature Santa and a choir,” she added.

Guests who bring a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive receive a grand prize ticket. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Tim’s Tribe; and one special gift basket benefits Oz Zenger, a local businessman recently paralyzed in a work accident. The remaining proceeds go to the schools to pay for assemblies, events and activities for students, teacher grants, scholarships and more.

On average, the event raises $18,000 to $20,000 a year. Tickets are $50 each and include one sheet of raffle tickets; 400 tickets will be sold. For more information, contact pto@staffordschools.org—V.F.


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