Eagle’s Wings to host fundraiser inspired by TV show

Published 6:13 pm Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Eagle’s Wings Food Pantry is bringing the popular TV show “Iron Chef” to Beaufort County.

As part of a new fundraiser for the food pantry, three local chefs will face off to create winning entrée dishes for a panel of judges, incorporating a secret ingredient into the dishes, according to Ann-Marie Montague, executive director of Eagle’s Wings. The winning “Iron Chef” will win an award.

Montague said the three chefs competing are: Anne Martin, of The Meeting Place; Chrislyn Wedderien, of Carry Out by Chrislyn; and Kelly Hammonds, of Kells Kakery.

Along with the judges, residents can also buy tickets to attend the event and try out the food themselves.

Eagle’s Wings is supplying appetizers and dessert, Montague said, and Lee Chevrolet is sponsoring the event. WITN’s Matt Engelbrecht is on board as announcer.

“We had a brainstorming session and wanted to come up with something different, something we haven’t done before,” she said. “We’re looking forward to making it a fun evening.”

Because Eagle’s Wings is a faith-based organization, it does not receive state or federal funding, according to Montague. She said the organization is always looking for ways to revamp fundraisers and heighten interest in the food services Eagle’s Wings offers.

“Our funding stream is dependent on the generosity of the people of Beaufort County,” she said. “We’re hoping (for) the possibility of building this, so it becomes a major fundraiser.”

Tickets for this local take on “Iron Chef” are $35. They can be purchased at Eagle’s Wings on West Third Street, the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce or from a board member.

Montague asks those who want to stop by the pantry to purchase tickets to call first before arriving.

For Montague and other supporters, giving funds to Eagle’s Wings has a special meaning, as all proceeds are guaranteed to go toward helping residents in need within Beaufort County.

“Every penny goes to benefit Eagle’s Wings and our mission to help alleviate hunger here in Beaufort County,” Montague said. “They know that everything that they give us is used right here for our own people.”

“Tickets sales have been good so far, and you know, we’re all excited,” she added. “From what I’m hearing, everybody is enthusiastic.”

The “Iron Chef”-themed fundraiser will be Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 307 E. Third St., Washington.