Denver Foodie Event during National Kidney Month to Raise Funds and Awareness about Kidney Disease

Celebrated Competition to Bring Top Area Chefs Out of Kitchens to Raise Funds, Awareness about Kidney Disease

More than 20 top Denver chefs will put their exceptional skills to use in competition to win Best Dish for a worthy cause during the 34th Annual Great Chefs of the West on Thursday, March 16, 6 p.m., at the Denver Marriott City Center.  The culinary event’s purpose is to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and increase awareness about the prevention and treatment of kidney disease.

Great Chefs of the West will be Denver’s foodie event of the season on the heels of Restaurant Week.  Among participating restaurants are Tommy Lee-owned Hop Alley and Uncle, reviewed as top restaurants in Denver by 5280 Denver Magazine.  Hop Alley placed No. 1 on the publication’s coveted list. Liz Farrall, executive sous chef at Uncle, says she is “thrilled” to be a 2017 Chef Chair at Great Chefs of the West along with Blake Edmunds, executive sous chef at Bar Dough. Ms. Farrall is especially motivated to continue giving by cooking at this year’s event.  She donated one of her kidneys to her mother in 2014.

“This is a cause near and dear to me personally, as I was able to give the gift of life . . .” Ms. Farrall said.  “Polycystic kidney disease runs in my family, but I was lucky, and the PKD gene was not passed on to me; therefore, giving me the opportunity to be a living kidney donor.  Being able to save my mother’s life was the best thing that I have ever done, and most people don’t realize that they have the ability to do this, too. We are all given two kidneys, but we only need one functioning kidney to live a healthy life,” she added.

Great Chefs of the West is held each March, which is National Kidney Month.  During this time, NKF works to create an even greater impact to bolster its ongoing efforts in the fight against kidney disease.  “We are thrilled to have individuals like Liz and Blake bringing increased awareness,” said Executive Director Shannon Clark of National Kidney Foundation Serving Colorado and New Mexico. “Food is one common thread that everyone can relate to, and this event will draw people who want to have a good time, socialize, and enjoy amazing food, all with the benefit of giving back,” she continued.

The complete list of top restaurants from which chefs will be featured at the event are: Bar Dough, The Bindery, Brazen, Charcoal, D Bar Denver, Highland Tap & Burger, Hop Alley, Interstate Kitchen + Bar, Kachina Southwestern Grill, Max Gill and Grill, Max’s Wine Dive, The Populist, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, range, The Rib House, Rioja, Root Down, The Squeaky Bean, Table 6, TAG, The Telegraph, Truffle Table, Uncle, Work & Class and more to come!  The chefs are encouraged to pull out all the stops in the competition.  They pair their food with beverages by local producers. Enotec Imports, a Denver-based Italian fine wine import company, will provide wine pairings for each dish. Signature cocktails, craft beer by Avery Brewing Company, and coffee from Copper Door Coffee also will be served.  The Teresa Carroll Jazz Trio, a local favorite, will be featured along with exciting live and silent auctions! Tickets for Great Chefs of the West are $200 and available now at www.kidney.org/greatchefswest. Sponsorships are available.  A portion of each ticket is tax deductible. UCHealth is the title sponsor.

Facts about Kidney Disease

1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.  26 million American adults have kidney disease—and nearly 90% aren’t aware of it.  Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and age 60+.  People of African American; Hispanic; Native American, Asian; or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease.  African Americans are 3 ½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1 ½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.

The National Kidney Foundation is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding, patient centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease in the US. For more information about NKF visit kidney.org

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