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Annual Chesapeake Chefs GumboFest

Jan 24, 2011 08:40PM ● By Anonymous
Though the GumboFest only started in 2006 to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, it has quickly grown into an extremely popular Annapolis social event.  Since 2006, the Chesapeake Chefs Association has focused their fundraising efforts to benefit local charities.  This year, funds raised at the GumboFest will exclusively benefit the Light House: A Homeless Prevention Support Center in Annapolis. 

The 2011 GumboFest will be held at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront on Sunday, February 27 from 1pm to 4pm, and will feature over 15 chefs from Annapolis and the surrounding area. 

The chefs will compete for prizes including 1st PLACE ~ BEST GUMBO in the categories of Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. A cash prize for Best Booth Display, People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice will also be awarded.

In addition to the culinary treats, the local band TOO BIG TO FAIL, a Rock’n’Roll and R&B band will be playing songs from the 60’s to the present. The band is passionate about their music and with multiple guitars, percussion and keyboards, they have a full and really tight sound.  

This year, a generous Esthetic Services Package was donated by Dr. Sutter for the door prize. Tickets for a 50/50 will also be sold during the event.  

Tickets for the GumboFest will be sold at the door the day of the event for $15 or two for $25.  If you are planning on attending, come early – last year, over 500 people attended.  For more information, please contact Melanie Quinn,  Event Coordinator for Friends of the Light House Shelter at 410-353-6424 or

The Light House: A Homeless Prevention Support Center is located at 10 Hudson Street in Annapolis and has been helping our most fragile Anne Arundel County citizens for nearly two decades.  Of those helped at the Light House, 75% leave empowered with a place to live, a job, and the ability to lead self-sufficient lives. It is the mission of the Light House to rebuild lives with service and compassion by providing shelter, preventing homelessness and empowering people as they move toward independence. For more information on how you can help the Light House rebuild lives, call (410)349-5056 or visit