Press Release      

Date:  November 1, 2018

Contact: Andrea Short, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William 571-765-7568


Gourmet Guys Give Back: Local Business Leaders to Compete with their Home-Cooked Favorites


Manassas, VA- Come hungry! Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce will host their 3rd Annual Gourmet Guys Give Back event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at Linton Hall School in Bristow, Virginia.  This family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature up to 20 local amateur chefs who will compete for People’s Choice and Judges’ Awards for their tastiest dishes. Tickets are available online at . Adult tickets are $25; children ages 6 to 13 are $10; children under 6 are free.

Guests will be able to sample all of the dishes—appetizers, soups, side dishes and entrees—and vote for their favorites to identify the Peoples’ Choice winners. Local professional chefs will select the Judges’ Award winners. Gourmet Guys Give Back also features children’s activities and face painting, raffle prizes, live music and – new this year – a bake sale to benefit BEACON for Adult Literacy. BEACON is a local not-for-profit organization focused on teaching non-native English speakers to read and comprehend English while also helping them to learn valuable jobs skills.

Mary Finnigan, Chairman of the Board for Leadership Prince William and Chief Operating Officer for the ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, encouraged families to attend. “Gourmet Guys Give Back has proven to be an excellent family-oriented event for Leadership Prince William. It truly has something for everyone and is definitely worth attending. The food is absolutely incredible. There is no need to be a member of either partner organization to participate!”

Another new facet of this year’s event: anyone can sponsor a pack of fifteen tickets to be given to the local police or fire and rescue department of their choice for just $300. The package is called “Give Back to the Good Guys” and can be purchased on the website,

“As we move into our third year with this event, we hope to continue to build additional support from the community,” says Prince William Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Debbie Jones. “Many of the chefs are visible members of the community—elected officials, business leaders, even some not-for-profit executives—but at Gourmet Guys they lay it all on the line to compete for your votes: as the best amateur chef in our community.” She went on to note that the Chamber is pleased to be partnering with Leadership Prince William for another year.

For a full list of the participating “Gourmet Guys” and a schedule of events, visit

Sponsors to date for Gourmet Guys Give Back include Employment Enterprises, Inc; Linton Hall School; The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia; ImagiNation Early Childhood Learning Center; Mike Garcia Construction; Iron Mountain Data Centers; What’s Up Prince William and FreshySites. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should call Debbie Jones at 571-765-1877.

Proceeds from Gourmet Guys Give Back benefit the programs and activities of Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. These community organizations nurture local leadership, support the business and not-for-profit communities, provide scholarships for educational activities and more.



About the Prince William Chamber of Commerce:
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is the strongest voice for the business community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region. Together with our diverse membership, representing over 70,000 employees we work to create an environment where business and people thrive. To accomplish this, we focus our efforts in the key areas of business growth, economic development, advocacy, education and community outreach. In this way, we are building a solid foundation for the success of our business members and our community. For more information, visit our website at or call the Prince William Chamber at 703-368-6600.


About Leadership Prince William:
Leadership Prince William is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on engaging individuals, organizations and alumni to enrich the community through collaborative leadership. Our 350 plus alumni and stakeholders have been engaged in every aspect of community evolution for over 10 years!