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5
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Big Winners at Gourmet Guys Give Back 2018

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Press Release         

Date:  December 5, 2018

 

Contact: Andrea Short, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William

andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org // 571-765-7568

 

Big Winners at Gourmet Guys Give Back 2018

 

Manassas, VA- On Sunday, December 2nd, Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce co-hosted their 3rd Annual Gourmet Guys Give Back event at Linton Hall School in Bristow, VA.  The event was open to the public and featured 16 local amateur chefs competing for People’s Choice and Judges’ Awards for their tastiest dishes. Amid the tasty dishes and competition, there was live music and activities for the kids; including face painting by Dabbledy Doo and organized play by ImagiNation Early Childhood Learning Center. Even Santa Claus made an appearance courtesy of Fathom Realty.

Professionals doling out the Judges’ Awards included Charles Gilliam, owner of Okra’s Cajun Creole; Eric Pollard, Executive Chef at Novant Health UVA Health System and Mark Kowalewski, Co-Owner of 3 Firefighters and a Pig.

This year’s winners by category were…

JUDGES’ AWARDS

Best Appetizer: Christmas Wontons by Bradley Marshall

Best Soup or Chili: Chili Willy Brisket & Black Bean Chili by Bill White

Best Side Dish: Mexican Street Corn by Dave Merli

Best Main Dish: Tacos Al Pastor by Dave Merli

Best Grill Item: Churrasco by Harry Horning, II

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Best Appetizer: Ceviche Indulgence by Vicente Garcia

Best Soup or Chili: Chili Willy Brisket & Black Bean Chili by Bill White

Best Side Dish: Smokey Bear BBQ Beans by Ken Krick

Best Main Dish: Tacos Al Pastor by Dave Merli

Best Grill Item: Whitlock’s Wonderful Marinated Filet Mignon by Bennett Whitlock

 

The FAN FAVORITE trophy, for the dish that received the most votes overall went to Bill White and his sous chef Rob Sturm for their Chili Willy Brisket & Black Bean Chili. The two managed to unseat reigning champ, Supervisor Marty Nohe, known for always putting bacon in his dishes.

 

For more information on the event visit www.GourmetGuysGiveBack.com.

 

Sponsors for Gourmet Guys Give Back include Employment Enterprises, Novant Health UVA Health System, Iron Mountain Data Centers, ImagiNation Learning Centers, Mike Garcia Construction, Apple Federal Credit Union, Linton Hall School, The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, What’s Up Prince William and FreshySites.

 

Proceeds from Gourmet Guys Give Back benefit the programs and activities of Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce; two not-for-profit community organizations nurturing local leadership and supporting the business and not-for-profit communities through scholarships, educational activities and more.

 

 

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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 www.pwchamber.org 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 nearly 400 alumni and stakeholders have been engaged in every aspect of community evolution since 2007!

Nov
27
Leadership PW

Look Who’s Cookin’ at Gourmet Guys

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Press Release      

Date:  November 27, 2018

 

Contact: Andrea Short, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William

andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org // 571-765-7568

 

Look What’s Cookin’ at Gourmet Guys Give Back 2018

Amateur Chefs to Compete with their Home-Cooked Specialties

 

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, VA.  This family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature 16 local amateur chefs who will compete for People’s Choice and Judges’ Awards for their tastiest dishes. Tickets are available online at www.GourmetGuysGiveBack.com.

Participating in Gourmet Guys will be:

Dave Merli, cooking Tacos Al Pastor

Harry Horning, II, cooking Churrasco

Bradley Marshall, cooking Christmas Wontons with cranberry drizzle

Ben Hazekamp, cooking Cheesy Stuffing Cups

Bill White, cooking Chilly Willy Brisket & Black Bean Chili

Conrad Holtslag, cooking Summer Sausage BBQ & Pickled Peppers

Bennett Whitlock, cooking Whitlock’s Wonderful Marinated Filet Mignon

Ken Krick, cooking Patriot’s Campfire Pulled Pork & Smokey Bear BBQ Beans

Vim Kumar, cooking Vim’s Best Soup

Vicente Garcia, cooking Ceviche Indulgence

Shan Lateef, cooking A Parisienne Affair

…plus several others whose dishes have yet to be announced. This year participants also include Tim Eline, a student from the Patriot High School culinary program!

 

Ticketholders 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 Judges’ Award winners. Gourmet Guys Give Back also features children’s activities and face painting by Dabbledy Doo, a visit from Santa Claus, assorted raffle prizes, a bake sale benefitting BEACON for Adult Literacy, and live music by Singer/Songwriter Greg Dodson.

For more information on the event visit www.GourmetGuysGiveBack.com.

Sponsors for Gourmet Guys Give Back include Employment Enterprises, Novant Health UVA Health System, Iron Mountain Data Centers, ImagiNation Learning Centers, Mike Garcia Construction, Apple Federal Credit Union, Linton Hall School, The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, What’s Up Prince William and FreshySites.

Proceeds from Gourmet Guys Give Back benefit the programs and activities of Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce; two not-for-profit community organizations nurturing local leadership and supporting the business and not-for-profit communities through scholarships, educational activities and more.

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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 www.pwchamber.org 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 nearly 400 alumni and stakeholders have been engaged in every aspect of community evolution since 2007!

 

Nov
2
Leadership PW

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Robinson, Class of 2015

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Emily Robinson, LPW Class of 2015
Assistant Director of Development, 
Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University

 

Tell us a little about your current position:

I’ve been with Mason and the Hylton Center for seven years. In my current role as  Assistant Director of Development, I work with volunteers and donors, as well as corporations and foundations of all sizes, to help them find meaningful ways to engage in the life of the Hylton Center – whether that’s through attending a performance, volunteerism, or philanthropic support. I find that I’m constantly in awe of the ways people and companies elect to manifest their passion for the arts and for this region.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW?

 A lot! My husband and I welcomed our first child, John-Paul, just three weeks before I graduated from Leadership Prince William in 2015, and our second, Virginia, just turned 1 year old! I also made a major life change when our family relocated to the Shenandoah Valley in 2016. I feel very fortunate to have been able to maintain my role here at the Hylton Center, working remotely and traveling to the area to work with those interested in becoming involved with the Hylton Center. I really credit the connections I’ve made in this region, especially through Leadership Prince William, in making that transition possible.

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

Definitely the opening retreat at Skyland Resort. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to literally retreat and reflect on your role in your organization and in this community. It was a real gift to have that intentional time set aside, as well as get to know our class members in such a beautiful place.

 

How has Leadership Prince William helped you get to where you are today?

Going through LPW was one of the best things I could have done for my career. It introduced me to so many people who I’ve stayed in touch with through our work at the Hylton Center, and I also now have an instant connection when meeting new people who are also LPW alumni! It’s amazing to see how many LPW alumni are involved at the Hylton Center – as patrons, volunteers, performers, and donors. We so appreciate all of the support and would welcome all LPW alumni to become involved!

 

What does leadership mean to you?

I think of the amazing leaders I’ve known – people who are confident in their strengths and recognize their weaknesses – and then seek out experts to fill those gaps and lead a team ripe for success. It takes a generous amount of humility to achieve that level of balanced leadership, and when it’s done well it inspires future leadership to follow suit!

 

Any final thoughts?

A HUGE thank you to Leadership Prince William and the entire alumni network for the work you all do every day! Whether that’s through your job, volunteer roles, or places you support philanthropically – it’s clear that LPW alumni are invested in shaping the future of this region. And if you’re reading this and wondering how you can get involved in making an impact in this community, just ask Andrea and she’ll put you to work.  😉


Emily invites all LPW alumni to join her at the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s annual gala on Friday, March 22, 2019. This year they will focus on their Veterans in the Arts initiative. Tickets on sale now! {LEARN MORE}


 

Nov
1
Leadership PW

Local Business Leaders to Compete with their Home-Cooked Favorites

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Press Release      

Date:  November 1, 2018

Contact: Andrea Short, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William

andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org 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 www.GourmetGuysGiveBack.com . 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, www.gourmetguysgiveback.com.

“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 www.GourmetGuysGiveBack.com.

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.

 

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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 www.pwchamber.org 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!