Buy the official 2020 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glass
Each purchase benefits two local Roanoke non-profit orgs.
The Southwestern Virginia Chapter of the American Culinary Federation is the Gala’s primary non-profit beneficiary. Through the efforts of the ACF’s member chefs the menu for the 12th Annual Gala will once again be amazing.
The 2020 Derby Day Gala will also help support the Roanoke Hospitality House. Still, in the early stages of development, the Roanoke Hospitality House’s mission is to provide comfortable lodging and support services in a home-like setting to adult patients and their caregivers who travel to Roanoke, Virginia for medical treatment.
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(Times may vary – updates are expected)
4:15 pm Shuttles (presented by Winter’s Storage) begin from VT Medical School parking garage
4:30 pm Champagne Welcome
4:30 pm The Prosecco Bar opens – presented by Acharya Periodontics & Dental Implants.
4:30 pm Mint Julep Bar opens – presented by Cross, Lavinder, Quinn & Park Family Dentistry.
4:30 pm The “Lucky” Bar – uniqely crafted cocktails – presented by Gretchen W. Beedle, Conner Group.
4:30 pm Kentucky Derby “Lucky Lanes” opens
5:00-6:15 pm Live music – Uptown presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics.
5:00 pm Derby Buffet begins
6:15 pm Non-Profit Presentations (outside tent)
6:25 pm Best Derby Attire Awards – presented by Davidsons Clothing for Men.
6:50 pm Post time for 145th Kentucky Derby
Immediately after the race – drawing for “Lucky Lanes” winners
7:15 pm Live Auction (outside tent) – presented by Ayers Financial Services.
7:45-9:15 pm Live music – Uptown – presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics.
10:00 pm Last Shuttle (presented by Winter’s Storage) from Rockledge to the parking garage
Details to be announced.
Chef Joe Dill, CEC, CCA is Corporate Chef for The Core Group, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute at VWCC.
Chef Darla Mehrken, CEC is a graduate of the Culinary Institute at VWCC. Executive Chef For Sodexo, and sits on the Chefs Council Committee for Food Service Director Magazine.
Chef James Zeisler,CEC, CCA, CDM, CFPP is the Program Head of Culinary Arts at VWCC. Awards include Certified Dietary Manger of the Year and Excellence in Teaching from VWCC.
Chef Greg Moran, CWPC; Knowledge Bowl Student Team Coach; Southwestern Virginia Chapter ACF Secretary; Adjunct Instructor Al Pollard Culinary Institute of VWCC.
Chef Paul Gautier, CEC, Executive Sous Chef and Banquet Manager at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.
Chef David Faulds, CCC, Garde Manger Chef at Washington and Lee University has received several hot food and appetizer medals; Community Kitchen Chef; actively mentors young culinarians.
Chef Bev Allman, MA, CAGS, Retired Culinary Arts Instructor, ACF Chef and Child Southeast Regional Award; Southeast Regional Cutting Edge Award for leadership and service to the culinary profession.
Chef Phil McManus, Ph.D; MBA; BS; BA; CEPC; CHE; CCA; Director of Dining Services with Chartwell in Carroll County VA; has a deep respect for chemistry, plating and patience required in developing chocolate treats.
Chef Brittany Gibbs, CWPC; BBA; MBA; AS; Certificates of Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry from VWCC; Adjunct Instructor at VWCC; Silver Medalist in ACF Cold Plated Dessert Competition; James Beard Foundation and Benchmark Hospitality International Culinary Arts Scholarship; Owner/Pastry Chef of The Flour Shop LLC.
Lauren Stefan Anderson, Guest Pastry Chef – Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.
The ACF Southwestern VA Knowledge Bowl Team is comprised of students from the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at VWCC. The team won the gold medal at SE Regionals and in August 2019 will compete at Nationals in Orlando, FL. All these “chefs to be” are key contributors to the Gala and will be graduating in May 2019 from the Al Pollard Culinary Institute at VWCC.
Meghan DiPietro (Captain), a student at Al Pollard Culinary Institute at VWCC in baking and pastry; two-year Knowledge Bowl team member winning silver medal last year; works at Red Rooster Café in Floyd; loves to play with flavor components and develop complimentary styles.
Stephanie Higgs, a student at Al Pollard Culinary Institute at VWCC; two year member of Knowledge Bowl team; FCCLA scholarship winner in chicken fabrication and leadership skills; kitchen manager of Floyd Country Store; loves experimenting with different cuisines learning ingredient combinations and techniques.
Danny Brajdic, a student at Al Pollard Culinary Institute at VWCC, line cook at Tizzone wood fired kitchen; loves to work with fresh ingredients and to develop them on new pizza treats.
Brad Hugus, a student at Al Pollard Culinary Institute at VWCC; Garde Manage at Lucky in Roanoke, VA; loves to cook with lots of flavor and heat.
The 2020 Derby Day Gala will benefit the SW Virginia Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and will serve as this organization’s primary fundraising event.
The members of this local non-profit are professional chefs, cooks, students, and cooking enthusiasts. They provide services in commercial kitchens, hospitality settings, and institutional and educational establishments.
But this doesn’t tell their full story! They elevate our “Local Food Scene” through education, training, and certification. You’ll find their members at The Culinary Institute of Virginia Western engaged in teaching and mentoring students – many who will stay in our community after graduation.
Look deeper, and you will see that they donate their time and talent to benefit other non-profits and organizations in our community. You will find them providing meals for US Veterans on Memorial Day, donating Auction items or cooking for a fundraiser.
These Chefs were the first group to say, “Yes! We will help!” when the Derby Day Gala began in 2008.
The 2020 Derby Day Gala will also help support the Roanoke Hospitality House. Still in the early stages of development, the Hospitality House’s mission is to provide comfortable lodging and support services in a home-like setting to adult patients and their caregivers who travel to Roanoke, Virginia for medical treatment.
Thank you for supporting these non-profits by attending the Gala and donating generously!
The ACF has supported these organizations:
Apple Ridge Farm
Al Pollard Memorial Foundation
Downtown Roanoke, Inc.
Happy Healthy Cooks
Local Environmental Agriculture Project Inc. (LEAP)
March of Dimes
Mill Mountain Zoo
Roanoke Festival in the Park – Scholarship for the Arts
Roanoke Valley YMCA
Ronald McDonald House
St. Francis Service Dog Foundation
Virginia Culinary Team USA
VA State Prostart Student Invitational Competition
West End Center
Have questions? For instance, where do we park to get the shuttle to the Gala? What’s the menu look like this year? What are this year’s auction items? Or, why didn’t I get tickets in the mail or via email?
Please download these documents for the answer, and more!
You can also call us at (540) 309-1781 or email info@TourRoanoke.com
J. Harbeson - Facebook Review
Beautiful location for a great event. We had so much fun!