An all new event hits the region

Culinary competition heats up the 937

For the Miami Valley Sunday News

PIQUA — The community is invited to the very first Food Fight 937 event. Come see or join in as the area’s best cooks battle for bragging rights and some shiny hardware—not to mention a handful of cold hard cash. Professionals, home cooks, and anyone else who dares, will set the stage for a night showcasing what culinary talents lie in the Miami Valley.

Food Fight 937 will take place on Monday, Oct. 7, from 5-9 p.m. at the courtyard and atrium spaces at Edison State Community College, 1973 Edison Dr., Piqua.

Local breweries will stock the cash bar with craft beers and spirit-free cocktails to sip while a band serenades guests into dancing in the courtyard on a moonlit night. Delicious appetizers will be provided throughout the evening to keep guests full and happy as they take in the sights and smells of chefs preparing their creations for the win.

“We are delighted to bring this area a culinary competition coupled with an evening of great food, good friends and local flare,” said Food Fight 937 committee member Karen Eliason. “These competitions have been successful in other regions, such as the 513, which is Cincinnati, and we wanted to show that the 937 has talented chefs, food purveyors, brewers and locally grown farm fresh products.”

The Miami County Local Food Council will be using their local connections to purchase items for the chefs’ mystery baskets directly from farms and producers in surrounding communities. Support from local businesses has allowed the event organizers to amass a generously stocked pantry for the would-be champions to use to round out their dishes for the competition.

The event is a preview for a larger event that will be held next year in late summer to benefit humanitarian non-profits in Miami County. The non-profits will be coming together as a collective group to share how each of their services work in tandem to support individuals and families in the community. To showcase how the hard working boards, staff and volunteers of non-profits build and strengthen communities, the humanitarian groups will work together for next year’s event and share stories of how cooperation has filled gaps in services. A major focus will include the food insecurity issue in Miami County.

All proceeds raised from Food Fight 937 stay in the community to seed more events of this kind. A select number of VIP seats will be available for purchase and will put those ticket holders front row for the most intimate view of the competition.

For the “food fight” portion of the evening, chefs, home cooks, and aspiring Katie Buttons all will put their names in a hat and fate will decide who cooks, who judges and who is left to watch and hope for next time. In addition, one of the event guests will be selected to judge the competition along with the chefs.

Tickets for Food Fight 937 cost $35 per person and are available through Eventbrite at:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Karen Eliason at 937-875-0582.

Culinary competition heats up the 937

For the Miami Valley Sunday News