LAUGHLIN, NV, – We at the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce must confirm for 2022, the postponement of the 35th Annual Chef’s Food Fest. Though we wanted more than anything to bring this event back in 2021 after the shutdown, it will still not be feasible for 2022, until staff levels increase in the resorts that founded this event.
Though our state re-opened in June 2021, it would be careless and inattentive to anticipate our biggest supporters – the hotel casino resorts – to properly and adequately serve the +700 attendees we are used to accommodating with the same ambiance and fine fare to be displayed as years prior, on top of the lack of time for preparation.
The Chef’s Food Fest is well known as a leading community experience, created by resort chefs to compete while raising funds for non-profits. For over 30 years, this event has been a sellout. During the evening, our guests enjoy endless courses, fine beverages, and exquisite confections prepared by some of our area’s top chefs and mixologists; it just wouldn’t be the same with the current challenges. Thus, our postponement for a later date.
“As in 2021, this year’s decision to postpone was not an easy one for the staff or the board of directors. We have set a standard of excellence for over thirty years with the Chef’s Food Fest event and our guests have grown to expect food quality, a high level of competition, confidence in the judging process and they have developed faith in the benefactor. Presenting anything less would be a disappointment to the participants and the attendees.” Said Jackie Wallin, President/CEO, Laughlin Chamber of Commerce
As you may know, this event also features a live charity auction that benefits the River Fund, Inc. This sensational event is one of the Laughlin Chamber’s major fundraising events. Each year, the Laughlin Chamber makes a commitment to donate a minimum of $15,000 to the River Fund, Inc., and in some past years we have been able to donate over $20,000! We are sincerely apologetic to the River Fund, Inc. in that we will not be able to fulfill this goal yet again. We ask of all of you, if you have the opportunity or means to give back to this charitable cause, please do! You can donate direct to the River Fund, Inc. at 55 Civic Way or you can drop a payment off with us here at the chamber located at 1585 S. Casino Dr. in Laughlin and we will make sure your donation is delivered. You can also donate direct to: https://riverfundinc.com/
If you or your business are interested in participating in the 2023 event, you can still sign up! We will also be accepting charity auction donations as well as sponsorships. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jackie Wallin at 702-298-2214.