Chefs from Culinary Services Group will be participating in the 8th Annual GumboFest on Sunday, February 10 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis, MD. Friends and family are encouraged to come out and enjoy the finest Gumbo in Maryland, and support a great cause!
Gumbofest-Chefs-Caterers-Food-Service-Annapolis-MarylandThe Friends of the Light House are community leaders who have come together to create this event to raise funds for the Light House: A Homeless Prevention Support Center.

GumboFest was first held in 2001 by the Chesapeake Chefs Association, who wanted to use their culinary skills to raise funds to support the Light House.

Support Culinary Services Group Chefs

Awards will be presented for Judges Choice and People’s Choice for the Best Gumbo and Best Table Decoration, so don’t forget to come out and support the CSG Chefs participating in the competition:

Ezra Countiss (Corporate Chef)

Will Clark (ATK)

Mike Sudine (ATK)

Chris Coil (Encore)

Kurtis Barnes (Encore)

John Dressel (Springwell)

In 2012, over 350 people were in attendance, raising over $6,000 for the Light House. All proceeds from this and other Friends of the Light House events go directly to support the operations at the Light House, the only homeless shelter in the city of Annapolis.

From the Friends of the Light House Announcement:

Located in its 24,000 square foot facility, the Light House annually provides over 26,000 bed nights (the number of nights a bed is occupied by an individual) of shelter to eligible individuals and families.


Friends-of-the-Lighthouse-Gumbofest-Annapolis-Maryland-Culinary-Services-Group-Food-ServiceStill, over 200 families remain on the waiting list. Additionally, the Light House provides over 80,000 meals annually to families, 6,500 pantry bags and 36,000 bag lunches annually to families in need in our community.

The new facility enabled the Light House to offer a new beginning to the hundreds of people who fall into homelessness in our community each year. Your support for GumboFest will go a long way toward helping us serve more individuals in need.

Come out and support the participating chefs from Culinary Services Group, and treat yourself to a tasting of the finest Gumbo, and support a worthy cause!

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