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Joe Gerber of The Birches of Concord. Courtesy photo.




Iron Chef Concord

When: Wednesday, April 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Goodlife Programs and Activities, 254 N. State St., Concord (at the Smokestack Center)
Tickets: $25, includes two glasses of wine. Purchase at any of the three participating assisted living facilities. 
Visit: goodlifenh.org.




Battle in the capital
Local chefs face off in debut competition

03/26/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



It’s happening on April Fool’s Day, but this competition is no laughing matter. To showcase the often unseen talent in the kitchens of assisted living communities, three executive chefs will compete in the first Iron Chef Concord.

“We want to showcase some wonderful chefs that are behind the scenes,” said Vivien Green,  executive director of GoodLife Programs & Activities. “A lot of the folks who reside in those facilities get the benefit of these wonderful meals, and no one else really gets to try them.” 
Executive chefs Christopher Normandeau of Granite Ledges of Concord, Joe Gerber of The Birches of Concord, and Jason Seavey of Havenwood Heritage Heights will participate in this debut competition, each bringing a varied and diverse background of culinary experience.
On the day of the competition, the chefs will have 30 minutes to create a dish onstage that follows the theme of chocolate and wine. 
“They have half an hour to prepare their creations, and the bell will ring and they’ll be asked to step away and plate for the judges to sample,” Green said in a phone interview. 
The “creation,” Green said, could be an appetizer or an entree, as long as the main ingredient is chocolate. After the dish has been plated and paired with the chef’s choice of wine, the five competition judges will evaluate based on imagination, creativity, taste, success of wine pairing and overall presentation.
In addition to the competition dish, each chef will bring a sample-sized appetizer, entree and dessert (which may or may not be chocolate-themed) for guests to enjoy. The samples will be set up at three stations, and during the first hour of the event, guests can try the samples and vote for people’s choice. 
A fundraiser for GoodLife Programs & Activities at Centennial Senior Center, this event will highlight the programs they offer as well as provide assisted living facilities the chance to talk with people in the community. 
“The public still has a misconception of aging,” Green said. “[We want to] help educate the public on what it’s like to be in the second half of life.”
 
As seen in the March 26, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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