ACA’s 5th International Appetite for the Arts Cooking Contest & Tasting

Photo submitted to Times Observer ACA President John Shaughnessy with Kurtis Upton, who will return to defend his title of Best Dish.

Whirley DrinkWorks! and United Refining is sponsors of the Allegheny Center for the Arts’ (ACA) 5th International Appetite for the Arts Cooking Contest and Tasting Saturday, April 27, at Holy Redeemer Center at 11 Russell Street in Warren.

The event is open to professionals and amateurs with judging beginning at 5 p.m.

This contest allows cooks and chefs to show off their best in ethnic cuisine in three categories: Best Hors D’oeuvre, Best Main Dish, and Best Dessert.

Cash and awards will be given.

The judges will also award the Best Dish of the Year in the professional division and amateur.

Full rules and details are available on the ACA website contest page at, or call 723-2057 for further information.

In addition to the cooking contest and public food and beverage samplings, the Appetite for the Arts event will include live entertainment by Garry Campbell and Tim Hummer on Native American flutes; Gary Brumagin and Mark Davis (HULA) on ukulele; and, the Youth Connection ACA guild performance.

An auction of more than 20 regional art and arts-related goods and services donated will take place at the end of the evening. Donations will continue to be accepted up to the week of the event.

Fundraiser tickets are $25 each or two for $40, and may be obtained at the door, or online at Paypal

Profits from this fundraising event will go to continue ACA’s mission: To provide a creative, educational hub for arts and culture that offers opportunities for growth, development, and partnership of arts-related programs and small businesses in the region.