Celebrating sixteen years in five different cities nationwide, over 650 Top Chefs have helped the Glass Slipper Ball Featuring the Best of the Chefs competition raise more than 1.5 million dollars for women’s initiatives.
The 16th Annual Glass Slipper Ball was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cranberry, Pa., on Saturday, March 2, 2019, featuring the Best of the Chefs and Libation Purveyors.
This premier foodie event benefits women’s initiatives, including Treasure House Fashions (supplying clothing for women in need), Living in Liberty (a safe home for the healing and restoration of trafficked victims), and Zephaniah Education (a free school and skill center in Pakistan empowering girls, which keeps them from becoming trafficked or child brides). Kym Gable, of KDKA-TV, media personality/speaker, narrator, and voice artist emceed the event.
The 2019 Glass Slipper Ball showcased the finest restaurants whose chefs created signature dishes and desserts, while wine and beer purveyors poured premier samplings. Amidst the sipping and tasting, guests were invited to the dance floor with Pittsburgh’s hottest band No Bad Ju Ju. Throughout the evening, guests also bid on items in the live and silent auctions with the chance to win exotic trips.
Participating top purveyors of fine food and beverages included: 424 Walnut, Bonefish Grill, Café Notte, D’Andrea Wines, Diamond Run Golf Club, Eddie Merlot’s, Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven + Social Bar, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Select Beer by Fuhrer Wholesale, Gabrielle’s Custom Baked Goods, Giving Grounds Coffee, Graeter’s Ice Cream, John Marshall Catering, Juniper Grill Cranberry, Key Impact Specialty Food Broker, McCormick & Schmick’s, Il Pizzaiolo, Shakespeare’s at Old Stonewall Golf Club, Silver Mark Cellars, Tin Man Sweets, Walnut Grill, and The Wine Boss.
Sponsors for 2019 included: NorthStar Chevrolet – Presenting sponsor, Remax and Arthur Murray – Silver Sponsors, First National Bank – Bronze Sponsor.
Guests selected the winning chef in the “People’s Choice Awards” for best hors d’oeuvre, dessert, and overall favorite, while celebrity foodie judges selected the “Best of the Best” with $1,000 going to the winning chef’s favorite charity benefitting women. Winners are listed below.
Best Dessert— Graeter’s Ice Cream, brownie sundae
Best Appetizer—John Marshall Catering, sautéed sea scallop on a polenta round
People’s Overall Favorite—Il Pizzaiolo, lamb chop melted with fried zucchini garnish
Judges Award—Eddie Merlot’s, truffled tenderloin atop mashed potatoes
$1,000 went to Living in Liberty
1st photo – Ryan and Debra Krischke, Alex and Nick Pazzaglia – Production company Team Effort Events is a family affair!
2nd photo – Winning Chef Jeff Maag from Eddie Merlot’s and Debra Krischke
3rd photo – MC Kym Gable with charity partners Malee Kenworthy from Zephaniah Education, Sally Powers from Treasure House Fashions and Elizabeth Echevarria from Living in Liberty
4th photo – Winning Chefs Jeff Maag, Matt Stouver, Nicole Bell, and John Marshall
5th photo – Sponsors Paul and Bonda Cully, winners of the Italian Lakes Trip!