On April 1 at the Lumberyard restaurant, Laguna school principals dueled as guest “chefs,” serving up competing three-course meals to a sellout crowd of SchoolPower supporters. No, it wasn’t an April Fools joke; it was the 10th year of the Lumberyard Chef Challenge, a beloved event that this year raised over $10,000 for SchoolPower. The event was conceived by Lumberyard owners Cary and Suzanne Redfearn. “It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years. Based loosely on reality cooking shows, it is a night of chef-inspired food along with the opportunity to mingle with the principals and other community [...]
The evening, generously sponsored by Cary and Suzanne Redfearn of Lumberyard, included a three-course dinner prepared by Lumberyard chefs and a friendly competition with attendees choosing between the menu selections of the principals of the four Laguna schools.
The Lumberyard hosted SchoolPower’s 8th Annual Chef Challenge Monday, March 13th. The brainchild of Cary and Suzanne Redfearn, the event is a competition with dueling guest “chefs” who choose two different 3-course menus. Net proceeds from the event, approximately $8,000 this year, benefit the schools through SchoolPower. “The level of support from the Redfearns for our schools and community has been exemplary,” enthused Taylor Pillsbury, SchoolPower president. “It’s people like them who make our town so special.” In years past the competition pitted LBUSD school principals against one another. This year, the competition was expanded to include a City [...]
The evening, generously sponsored by Cary and Suzanne Redfearn of Lumberyard, includes a three-course dinner prepared by Chef Armando Ortega and a friendly competition with attendees choosing between the menu selections of celebrity guest chefs.This year’s exciting new twist features our Chiefs of Police and Fire vs. our Chief Educational Officers for Laguna schools. The entire community -- parents, educators, emergency personnel, city leaders -- are coming together to support our local youth and raise money for our schools.
SchoolPower’s seventh annual Chef Challenge, generously hosted by Cary and Suzanne Redfearn at Lumberyard restaurant, treated 130 guests to a lively dinner while raising $9,516 for Laguna Beach schools… Read More
SCHOOLPOWER’S SEVENTH ANNUAL CHEF CHALLENGE SchoolPower's seventh annual Chef Challenge, generously hosted by Cary and Suzanne Redfearn at Lumberyard restaurant on January 25, treated 130 guests to a lively and delectable evening while raising $9,516 for Laguna Beach schools. Principals of the four Laguna schools teamed up and selected competing menus, prepared by Lumberyard Chef Armando Ortega. Elementary school leaders and defending champions Michael Conlon and Chris Duddy made a strong showing with crab arancini, pan roasted John Dory and chocolate creme brulee. But ultimately, the upper schools' Jenny Salberg and Chris Herzfeld reaped the most votes with their smoked [...]
SchoolPower’s annual Chef Challenge VI was won by the elementary dudes – Michael Conlon and Chris Duddy. The event netted $10,025 and has grossed $65,887 over the past six years thanks to the generosity and hospitality of Lumberyard restaurant owners Cary and Suzanne Redfearn. Lumberyard raises money for local schools by shutting its doors to the public for an evening and hosting the unique dinner, which has proven to be a sell-out function with Laguna’s parents.
SchoolPower’s Lumberyard Chef Challenge V, a competition that pits Laguna’s principals against each other, packed the house on Monday night to raise money for the public schools. The rematch was a barnburner, with the team of elementary school principals Chris Duddy and Ron LaMotte triumphing over last year’s champions, LBHS Principal Joanne Culverhouse and Thurston Principal Jenny Salberg. Diners enjoyed two meals and then cast votes on their favorite appetizer, entrée and dessert, each selected by the dueling teams. The selection strategy will likely remain shrouded in secrecy. “What happens in the Lumberyard kitchen, stays in the Lumberyard kitchen,” [...]
Laguna Beach’s four principals served up a fun-filled night of fantastic food and friendly competition at SchoolPower’s Lumberyard Chef Challenge IV February 4. The dueling-menu fundraiser netted over $10,500 as the team of LBHS Principal Joanne Culverhouse and Thurston Middle School Principal Jenny Salberg narrowly defeated the team of El Morro Principal Chris Duddy and Top of the World Principal Ron LaMotte. The sold-out event gave 150 school supporters the opportunity to indulge in and then cast votes for their favorite of two competing meals selected by the dueling principal teams and masterfully prepared by Lumberyard Chef Armando Ortega. [...]
Continuing the tradition of the Thurston principal winning the SchoolPower Chef Challenge, defending champion and new LBHS principal Joanne Culverhouse conceded the title to her Thurston successor Jenny Salberg. Round three of the eagerly anticipated social event also continued its winning tradition as more than $9,500 was raised for Laguna’s schools.In a good-humored nod to Culverhouse’s success in the previous two rounds against then LBHS principal Don Austin, Salberg wore an Underdog shirt beneath her chef whites. She also served up some food for thought with a list of “The Top 5 Reasons to Vote for Principal Salberg.” With two [...]