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The Roxboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority held its Distinguished Gents Cookin’ With the Delta’s Saturday May 5th at Piedmont Community College in the S-100 Building. This event is a fundraiser that features menu items prepared by “homegrown” chefs.
Guests were filled with excitement as the aroma of the food filled the air. Each guest was allowed to visit every chef ’s table to taste the appetizer/side, entrée and dessert that had been prepared.
After eating the next step was to purchase $1 tickets and vote for their favorite chef in order to choose “The People’s Choice Award.” The chefs with the most votes won prizes for the category in which they were participating in. The chefs are also judged on their table décor. Participants were asked to decorate their table with a theme that went along with the food they prepared. Also, during the event there was great entertainment by the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta performing a Stroll to a song by Roberta Flack.
Chefs who participated this year included Hezekiah Burke, Robert Cook, Keith Royster, the Rev. Carl Mangum, Wes Mc- Ghee, Bertrend Poole, Joe Thomas and Reggie Tillman. Each chef received a certificate of appreciation for participating as well as a red baseball cap with the words “Master Chef.” The buzz was heard around the room as the winners were announced.
The “People’s Choice” for the appetizer/side category went to Keith Royster for his turkey sliders and coleslaw, the “People’s Choice” for the entrée category was Wes McGhee for his barbecue and “The People’s Choice” for the dessert category was the Rev. Carl Mangum for his peach cobbler and homemade ice cream. There were so many other great choices of food to taste including pulled pork, chicken salad and cakes.
The final category was judged by three ladies, which was the Best Table Décor. Winning this award was Keith Royster, whose table was decorated for a day of tailgating at a football game. His over the top décor set his table apart from the rest. These chefs received a cash prize along with the other gifts given to all who participated. Those who attended the event were also able to receive various door prizes, which had been donated for the give-away.
The Roxboro Alumnae Chapter is grateful for those who consistently support the organization throughout all its numerous events. The chapter has had an organized presence in Roxboro since March 28, 1981 and its purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The chairperson of this event was Michelle Furges. Freda Tillman is currently serving as President of the Roxboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.