If you don't have your ticket for the Chopped fundraiser this weekend you better hurry. According to Ryan Froh, event organizer, it is almost sold out. Only 100 tickets were available.

It takes place Saturday, July 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the former Apache Kahler, now the Empire Event Center (1517 16th St. SW). Tickets are $125. Doors open at 4, the actual competition happens at 5 and the fun goes on until 8. There will be food and a cash bar as well as what Froh describes as "surprises." The emcee for the evening is James Rabe of KROC.

Based on the popular Food Network competition, Chopped Local will pair four local chefs with four community leaders. Teams will be raising money for restaurants here, as Froh describes it, "as an after-COVID celebration."

Basically how it will work is that each chef will be given a basket with four "mystery" ingredients. The challenge is to create an appetizer, entree and dessert that uses those specific ingredients in some way. Participants will have no idea what they are getting.

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With the goal of keeping this entire event local, Froh will have assistance from Abby Shepler, Farmers Market Manager, in picking ingredients from the market. Chefs will represent Pittsburgh Blue, Rochester Golf and Country Club, Bleu Duck, and Cameo. Leaders working alongside chefs include Marcus Sherels, former Viking and now local business owner; Mayor Kim Norton; Megan Kennedy of Limb Leg, a prosthetic and orthotic company; and Laura Lee, ABC anchor at KAAL.

There can't be a food competition without judges doing the tastings. Staffers from BIC Produce, First Alliance and Annie Balow from Thai/Pop will do the honors.

Froh, a founder of Wear Local, said he will donate 50 percent of proceeds raised by the event to the local business community. Proceeds from this particular event will be shared by the area restaurant community. He hopes to make Chopped Local a yearly competition.

Post Bulletin food writer Holly Ebel knows what’s cookin’. Send comments or story tips to life@postbulletin.com.