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Woodbury Chef Fest is this Friday

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Ready your taste buds because this Friday the Woodbury Community Foundation is hosting its second-annual chef fest with the goal of raising funds for ongoing community efforts.

That evening, 10 local chefs will prepare appetizers, samples of their signature dishes and desserts that will “dance in your mouth,” event organizers said.

While sampling the chef's creations, guests can also participate in a silent auction for a chance to win a private dinner that local chefs will prepare at their home.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Woodbury Community Foundation, which helps support community efforts such as the K9 program, youth leadership programs, local food shelves and Woodbury Thrives, among several other local projects.

In past years, organizers have thrown Halloween- and game show-themed galas. But due to the popularity of last year’s chef fest, the foundation decided to host chef fest for a second time.

“It was very successful last year, and people really like it,” said Jodi Ritacca, a foundation board director. “The food is fantastic, and the money is going back into the community. That’s what people love.”

The number of chefs attending has nearly doubled since last year,  Ritacca added.


Chefs attending this year’s event include:

  • Scott Parks: Le Cordon Bleu Target Field
  • Angelo Montes: Sole Mio Ristorante
  • Gary Hjellming: Crave Restaurants
  • Joe Nagle: Envision Event Center
  • John Byrne: U.S. Foods Gaelic Gourmet
  • Keith Huffman: Working Man Spices
  • Dayton Carroll: Hy-Vee Market Grille
  • Heather VanHorn: Crave Restaurants
  • John Schiltz: Lake Elmo Inn
  • Patrick Conway: Chandler Place

Chef Fest runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale.

Tickets are still available online or $60 per person and $75 at the door.

More information is available at