SAMPLE THE FOODS FROM THE VALLEY’S BEST CHEFS AND YOU DECIDE THE WINNER
ALSO ENJOY FOOD TRUCKS, BEER, ART & LIVE MUSIC
MUST BE 21+
CASA’s mission is to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children placed in foster care, helping them receive the love, safety, stability, and resources they deserve. When a CASA volunteer represents a child, there’s a positive impact on every part of their life. Currently, we have 175 volunteers assisting 225 kids. But there are 2,500 foster kids in Fresno and Madera County.
We want to help all of them, and this is where you can help just by purchasing a ticket and attending the First Annual CASA’s Chef Cook-Off! Enjoy the best foods, brews, art, and watch the best local chefs go head-to-head, where you’ll decide who takes the cake! The event also features live music!
Funds will go directly toward recruitment, training and support of compassionate volunteer advocates who speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in our community, giving voice to their needs.
Meet The Chef’s
Chef See Thao
As a child growing up on her family’s farm, Chef See Thao enjoyed working with the land, seeing nature grow. Encouraged by her mother’s dishes, she would watch with fascination as her mother prepared meals for the family. During those days in the kitchen, she dreamed of becoming a chef. Eventually, she turned those dreams into reality and graduated from the Culinary Arts program at the Institute of Technology in Clovis. Currently, she’s the Manager of Operations and Sales at Mao’s Farm, established in 1996, which merges Central Valley Ag and Southeast Asia farming traditions. Chef See loves bringing in new recipes and dishes to her many farm-to-table dinners, and her favorite dish is a fusion of pasta and Thai Food.
Chef Rob Vieira
Born and raised in the Central Valley on his family’s ranch, growing pistachios and grapes, Chef Rob Vieira discovered his passion for food in his teens. Studying at the Elderberry House in Oakhurst, he appreciated the beauty of local cuisine. Living in South America, he explored other flavors and experienced new tastes and techniques. With a burning desire to bring that style back to California, he opened P&R Fusion food truck, where he serves up exotic authentic Peruvian flavor fused with all classic American forms. His favorite types of dishes are freestyle and being able to make any dish his own!
Chef John Muehlberg
As the Executive Chef at Fresno Chaffee Zoo for the past eight years, cooking is serious business for Chef John Muehlberg. With over 18 years in the industry, including working at Pismo’s Coastal Grill and learning under the tutelage of Roy Harland, one of Fresno’s most gifted culinary artists, Chef John is ready for action. Born in Fresno, his passion for cooking comes from his grandmother, who practically raised him in the kitchen. When he’s not serving up dishes at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, he’s serving up meals for his four kids. His favorite dish is BBQ Smoked Meats and Cured Meat.
Chef Yeni Solis
Chef Yeni Solis considers cooking a family affair, as both of her parents owned restaurants in Mexico where she grew up. For the past seventeen years, Solis has worked at Valley Children’s Hospital. Currently, she’s heading up the kitchen staff for the many events and banquets. She’s also branched out and started her very own catering, Solis Catering. Chef Yeni takes pride in the food she prepares, and she adds touches to make dishes reflect her personality. She loves the compliments that her dishes receive, and her favorite dish to prepare is Stuffed Tri-Tip, with Gouda cheese, mushrooms, and spinach.
Chef Joey Roman
Chef Joey Roman knows the meaning of hard work. He is a chef, opened an outdoor seating restaurant at 21 while working in construction. In 2014, he officially made a career change and went to culinary school to become a chef full-time. Cooking runs in the family, beginning with his grandmother, his inspiration, and now his kids love to cook as well. As the owner of Whole Hog BBQ Co, he brings his culinary skills to the Valley. He’s inspired by a mix of Japanese, Italian, Native American, and Mexican foods and likes being able to look back at their traditional dishes.
Chef Darren Laney
For the past four years, Chef Darren Laney has been whipping up fusion dishes such as Korean BBQ tacos. Inspired by music, Fresno, and his passion for cooking, he knew he wanted to become a chef and follow in the footsteps of superstars such as Marco Pierre White and Anthony Bourdain. After graduating from the Institute of Technology in Clovis, CA, he journeyed to Orlando, FL, to study at the Disney Culinary Program! Currently, he runs a meal prep/catering company that he started in 2019 while training to be a pasta chef at UOVO in Santa Monica, CA. His favorite dishes are tacos, sweet potato pie, and orange chicken.
Be the Voice of Change and Become a Sponsor
Join CASA of Fresno and Madera Counties in helping give a voice to the over 3000 children in foster care by becoming a sponsor/donor for our inaugural CASA’s Chef Cook-off. By partnering with CASA for our event, you join over 500 community members who, like you, value the critical work we do for youth in foster care. Your support of this event will make a significant difference in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable children. On their behalf, please accept our deepest appreciation and you can find our Sponsorship Application below.