Your Life After 25 Attends @AllegriniWine’s Cook-Off For A Cause In Atlanta!

DaVinci & Marilisa Allegrini owner of Allegrini Winery Palazzo Della Torre Wine
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Marilisa Allegrini & Da Vinci at Cook-Off For A Cause

As you all know, we LOVE food, but even more than that we love to be able to do our part to help the community and causes. When I received the invitation for Cook-Off for a Cause I was ecstatic and more than happy to attend. Cook-Off For A Cause is an event that is hosted by Allegrini Winery challenging some of the finest chefs around to pair delectable dishes with an Allegrini wine.

For the Atlanta edition we had the pleasure of seeing Chef Ford Fry (owner of JCT Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, No. 246, and The Optimist) competed for City of Refuge. City Of Refuge is a non-profit dedicated to community development efforts that lead to the stability and sustainability of the local community, check out this post we wrote about their People’s Food Truck project.


Da Vinci & Chef Ford Fry

Da-Vinci & Chef Ford Fry owner of JCT Kitchen restaurant in Atlanta
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Chef Ford Fry’s Pekin Duck Risotto

Competing for The FitWit Foundation was Chef Kevin Gillespie owner of Gunshow. The FitWit Foundation serves over 500 Atlanta children and teens through fitness, tutoring and personal development programs.


Da Vinci & Chef Kevin Gillespie

Da Vinci & Chef Kevin Gillespie owner of Gunshow Restaurant in Atlanta cooking
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Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Cabbage Dumpling with Country sausage, caramelized turnip and potato puree.

And last but not least our 3rd contender was Chef John C. Metz, owner of Marlow’s Tavern and Aqua Blue Restaurant & Bar. Chef Metz competed for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.


Da Vinci & Chef John C. Metz

Da-Vinci-&-Chef-John-Metz owner of Marlow's Tavern Restaurant In Atlanta Cooking
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Rustic country Rigatoni oregano roasted chicken with sausage meatball, oven roasted tomato, baby escarole, oyster mushroom, Connelly beans and parmesan cheese.

All our Chefs chose such wonderful causes to support, their challenge was to prepare a dish that would pair well with Allegrini’s Palazzo Della Torre wine, which is a smooth and fresh red wide that undergoes a double complex fermentation process.

The event was held at Vino Venue a lovely wine bar here in atlanta, we’ll definitely be checking it out and possibly hosting an YLA25 Meetup soon :).

Da Vinci with Michael Bryan owner of Vino Venue

Da-Vinci-and-Michael-Bryan owner of Vino Venue Wine School Wine Bar in Atlanta
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Check Out Our Footage From Cook-Off For A Cause

In The End Chef John Metz came in 1st place, Chef Kevin Gillespie 2nd place & Chef Ford Fry 3rd place.

Here’s a pic of the Chefs with Marilisa Allegrini, owner of Allegrini Winery

Marilisa-Allegrini-and-the-Chefs-of-Cook-Off-For-A-Cause Palazzo Della Torre Wine Cooking for Charity
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