“We wanted to bring all of these groups together to showcase that transition that’s occurring and show the rest of the campus at UNC that ‘Hey, look at all of this amazing stuff people are doing revolving around food,’” Kristen Wagner, co-chairperson of the event, said.
Wagner said the idea for the cook-off came about in the fall semester when Hope Gardens was looking for a fundraising mechanism that would raise a lot of money and be something the organization could do every year.
“It kind of just transformed into this coalition-building effort where we just started discovering and working with all of these different groups on campus that are working to promote things like food access, food insecurity,” Wagner said. “They’re doing sustainable agriculture, and we just realized this campus is super involved in this huge transition happening in Chapel Hill.”
At the start of the event, attendees will receive eight tickets and a token. One ticket can be exchanged for prepared food samples at each organization’s table. After tasting the food of all eight organizations and using all eight tickets, attendees will place the token in the jar on the table that featured their favorite food. The group with the most tokens in their jar at the end of the night will be the winner.