Iron Chef Goes Coastal raises $50,000 for United Way


2016 IRON CHEF WINNERSCompeting chefs and restaurants brought forth their best to make this year’s Iron Chef Goes Coastal event an “amazing night.” This year’s fundraiser was the most successful, raising $50,000 for the 13 agencies partnered with United Way of Clatsop County (UWCC). “It was truly a fantastic night of community,” said Jennifer Holen, executive director of UWCC.


Restaurants brought out their best for the ninth annual event at the Seaside Convention Center. Each restaurant donated the offerings, as 600 people sampled selections and voted for their favorites. On the stage, chefs competed for honor of becoming an Iron Chef winner.


Iron Chef winners this year were Chef John Sowa of Sweet Basil’s Cafe in Cannon Beach and three-time winner Chef Jonathan Hoffman of the Chef’s table.


PEOPLES CHOICE WINNER OSPREY CAFENext year, competing on the live stage alongside these two will be 2016 People’s Choice Winners, Osprey Café of Seaside and Silver Salmon of Astoria.


The Best Dessert of Clatsop County went to Frite & Scoop of Astoria and the best table presentation (awarded for best overall display) went to Fort George of Astoria.


PEOPLES CHOICE WINNER SILVER SALMON“I just can’t thank our community enough for making this night happen, (including) our competing chefs who shared their passion and talents with us up on stage,” Holen said. She also thanked the People’s Choice restaurants, dessert competitors, silent auction organizers and contributors, sponsors, judges, emcees, special guests Miss Oregon, and Miss North Coast and Clatsop Teens and the entire team of people who planned and volunteered countless hours.


The Way to Wellville and the Columbia Pacific CCO encourage healthy community activities.


BEST DESSERT FRITE AND SCOOPUWCC partners with the following organizations to create healthy families and a healthy community.


Clatsop County partner organizations

• Astoria Armory

• Boy Scouts of America (Fort Clatsop District)

• Camp Kiwanilong

• Clatsop CASA

• Clatsop Community Action

• The Harbor

• The Healing Circle (VOCA)

• Helping Hands

• Hope House

• Lighthouse for Kids

• Lives in Transition

• Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program

• Restoration House