In 2013, Rabbi Yudy Shemtov and Lubavitch of Bucks County hosted the inaugural “Bubby’s Cook-Off,” a gathering which has turned into Philly’s premiere BBQ & bourbon event featuring a BBQ face-off between Philadelphia and Brooklyn-based chefs.
And after a few years off because of the pandemic, Shemtov is bringing the event back to Newtown, with the 8th Annual Bubby’s Cook-Off set to take place on Tuesday, June 13th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Glazier Jewish Center, located at 25 North State Street.
The Cook-Off is an interactive charity fundraiser focused on raising funds to extend a helping hand to children with special needs, involving them in a full range of social experiences.
The event, which is also part community awards gala, will see four award-winning chefs face-off against one another, including James Beard-nominated Chef Eli Kulp of High Street on Market, Chef Darryl Harmon of Amina, Chef Chad Rosenthal of The Lucky Well, and Brooklyn Brisket King Ari White. Alex and Yana Zhitomirsky, as well as Joe and Johanna DiMedio, will act as dinner Co-chairs, and Fred Beans and Diana and Erik Cohen will present awards.
Judges include Tuffy Stone from TV’s BBQ Pitmasters, as well as food, wine, and travel writer Brian Freedman, along with Bucks County-based national food writer Debra Wallace.
“We’re so grateful for all of the chefs and judges, as well as everyone participating in this incredible event that we are beyond excited to have back after three years off,” said Shemtov. “It’s going to be a fun, delicious night with some incredibly talented chefs and our wonderful guests. It’s difficult to find better BBQ around here than what you get at the Cook-Off.”
Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a bourbon and whiskey paired chef BBQ tastings and award ceremony, including delicious appetizers prepared by the chefs and pitmasters themselves alongside original drinks from the outdoor bar. Guests can watch as chefs BBQ off a 24-foot kosher BBQ truck in the center of the gala area. At 7:45 p.m., there will be special charcuterie and dessert presentations.
Individual tickets cost $250 apiece, and premium tickets begin at $300 and up. Attire is casual cocktail. Tickets can be purchased here.
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