Cooking Up Dreams Chef Competition Supports Programs for At-Risk Youth

Third Annual Fundraising Event Takes Place March 31, 2017

Want a chance to taste delicious dishes prepared from leading local chefs and vote on your favorite? The 3rd Annual Cooking Up Dreams fundraiser and chef competition is scheduled for 6:30-10 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara and is a sure bet for foodies and culinary aficionados.

Celebrity judges and up to 300 guests will taste entries prepared by each chef and vote on the top dish for the People’s Choice and Judge’s Awards. Guests will also enjoy complimentary wine, music by DJ Scott Topper, an extensive silent and live auction, premium photo booth experience by RUMOR Photo Media, and much more.

This year’s competing chefs and restaurants include:

  • Angel Oak at Bacara Resort & Spa
  • Barbareno
  • Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach
  • Chef Michael Hutchings
  • Convivo
  • Finch & Fork
  • First & Oak at the Mirabelle Inn
  • Les Merchands Wine Bar
  • Nimita’s Cuisine
  • Oveja Blanca/Black Sheep
  • Patxi’s Pizza
  • Persona Woodfired Pizzeria
  • Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro
  • Santa Barbara FisHouse

Proceeds from Cooking Up Dreams support Family Service Agency’s youth enrichment programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters, school-based counseling, and youth behavioral health—all programs targeting low-income at-risk youth who, with the help of counseling and mentors, receive the help they need to develop positive paths for life success.

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Family Service Agency (FSA) is a nonprofit social service organization that has served Santa Barbara County since 1899, continually improving the health and well-being of the community’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors through their transformative and essential programs: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Senior Services, Family Support Services, Youth & Family Behavioral Health and School Counseling Services. All services are provided free or on a sliding fee/donation scale and no one is denied assistance because of an inability to pay. For more information, visit or call (805) 965-1001.


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