September 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

The Coastal Bend Food Bank provides Pantry Boxes to approximately 80,000 individuals each year. These boxes are distributed at 128 sites in the eleven-county area that we serve. In 2016, over 8 MILLION pounds of food was distributed to those in need.

Pantry Boxes contain food staples such as beans, rice, canned meats, fruit and vegetables, boxed foods, and shelf-stable milk. It’s rare for our clients to be able to create an entire meal from the odd collection of items in the box.

That’s where Coastal Bend chefs come in.

The Coastal Bend Food Bank is challenging Corpus Christi’s finest, most innovative chefs, to create a dish from a prescribed list of ingredients – their Mystery Box. Each chef will submit a recipe toward our fundraising cookbook. For each cookbook sold, a FREE cookbook will be donated to Food Bank clients.

Each chef is invited to showcase his/her dish on October 4, 2017, at the largest tasting event ever held in Corpus Christi – “The Food Bank Chefs’ Showdown”. Chefs will have the opportunity to compete in a LIVE Quick-Fire Challenge in front of hundreds of foodies at the event. Attendees will vote by donations to select the winner and award the top honor of the FIRST “Food Bank Chef of the Year”.

Doors open at 5pm for VIP ticket holders – Open to general admission at 6:00pm.

For more information on the event, how to participate or to become a Sponsor for the Food Bank Chefs’ Showdown on October 4th please contact Lori Wille at 361-887-6291 ext. 119 or Email:

  • Sep 22nd at 6:00pm to 10:00pm