Benefit to have different kind of chef's surprise
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Monday, February 15, 2010
2/15/10 at 8:56 AM
Eight talented chefs and one secret ingredient will be a recipe for serious fun when Youth Services of Tulsa has its Blank Canvas benefit, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the New Ballroom at the Tulsa Convention Center.
The chefs are taking part in a culinary competition with a twist — the main ingredient won't be announced until that night.
Sandra and Gary Trennepohl are the benefit's co-chairmen.
The benefit will honor The Zarrow Family Foundation for its years of support to Youth Services and the Tulsa community.
The eight chefs participating are Tuck Curren of Local Table/Biga, Michelle Donaldson of Polo Grill, Michael Fusco of Michael Fusco's Riverside Grill, Angie Johnson of Eats2U, Zahidah Hyman of KEO, Seth Smith of Taste Catering, Justin Thompson of The Brasserie and Tim Richards of Bodean Seafood Restaurant.
The judges will be Gail Richards, Charlotte and Wade Edmundson, Philippe Garmy, Judy Kishner and Candace Conley.
Presenting sponsors are Explorer Pipeline, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation, and The George Kaiser Family Foundation. Other major sponsors include: QuikTrip Corp.; TulsaPeople Magazine; Asphalt & Fuel Supply; Barnett Family Foundation; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma; Julie and John Nickel; Ruth K. Nelson & Tom Murphy; The Gelvin Foundation Inc.; The John Steele Zink Foundation; Thomas and Julie Adelson Family Foundation Fund; The Walton Family Foundation; American Airlines; Apache Corp.; Bank of Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation Businesses; Conner & Winters, LLP; Jackie Kouri and Gary Paxton; Muirfield Resources Co.; Sally and John Neas/Regina & Gary Christopher/Summit Bank; Coretz Family Foundation; Gay and Lesbian Fund for Tulsa; The Oxley Foundation; The University of Tulsa; Williams; Sandra & Gary Trennepohl; Schnake Turnbo Frank PR; and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
Additional sponsors include Susan & Jack Arnold; Bryan Close; Flintco Inc.; Marsh USA Inc.; McAfee & Taft; American Electric Power/Public Service Company of Oklahoma; Tulsa Tech; Pat and Clayton Woodrum; KWB Oil Property Management Inc.; MidFirst Bank; Margo & Kent Dunbar; ONEOK Inc.; Rosenstein, Fist and Ringold; Tamra & David Sheehan; Southwest Airlines; Espo Fire & Water Restoration and the Zarrow Families Foundations.
The committee chairmen include Kara Gae Neal, Lex Heidenreich, Barbara Smallwood, Pat McKamey, Kayte Spillman, Talmadge Powell, and Liz Cramton.
Youth Services is a nonprofit United Way agency dedicated to fostering a community atmosphere that values young people as resources.
It provides crisis services such as an Emergency Shelter, the Safe Place program and counseling as well as positive development programs such as Transitional Living, Youth Court and Art Studios.
Tickets are $125 per person.
For more information, to become a sponsor or to buy a ticket, call Liz Cramton at (918) 382-4402 or send e-mail to her at email@example.com.
Judy Kishner (seated, left), Gail Richards (seated, right) and Sandra and Gary Trennepohl all have roles in this year's Black Canvas benefit for Youth Services of Tulsa. Kishner and Richards will help judge the cooking competition, featuring eight local chefs, and the Trennepohls are the co-chairmen of the entire event. Courtesy