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Foodies for families


Are you hungry?

JFS Richmond is thrilled to present a brand new online auction opportunity: Foodies for Families, private chef dining for the public good!

The auction website opens at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 14th, and closes the following Sunday, May 21st at 5 p.m.

Outbid your friends to win one of four special dinners for 8-10 guests prepared in your home by a notable Richmond chef – all to support JFS’ mission to Transform Lives and Strengthen our Community!

When was the last time you had a dinner party?

The Chefs

Chef Kevin Church was born and raised in New England, where coastal seafood became the bedrock of his palate. These days he’s been slinging pizza in the streets of Richmond with Timber Pizza!

Kevin will park his mobile pizza oven at the auction winner’s home and prepare a smorgasbord of handmade, wood-fired pizzas for your group of up to 20. Whether you’re devoted to the classics or love surprising new toppings, Kevin can satisfy any pizza palate!

A native of the garden state of New Jersey, Chef Joe Sparatta was born into a family of chefs, and took up the craft at an early age, but it was at the storied Ryland Inn and its four-acre organic garden that he truly found his passion.

Joe has received two Best Chef Awards from the Elbys, Richmond’s largest celebration of the local dining community, and a nod from Southern Living for his work at Heritage and Southbound. The winner of Chef Sparatta’s dinner will surely enjoy a seasonal, farm-to-table menu prepared with a creative twist!

Chef Lee Gregory is a three-time James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic and a StarChefs Rising Star. He’s earned accolades from Bon Appetit, Southern Living, and Plate magazine. Inspired by the Chesapeake Bay, Lee specializes in treating high-quality, sustainably caught seafood with modern techniques and Southern style.

The winner of Chef Gregory’s dinner will be treated to the bounty of the Bay- prepared by a true master!

Chef Jason Alley’s honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Elbys and Rising Star from StarChefs.

He started cooking at four years old to help out his busy family and hasn’t stopped whipping up Southern comfort food since. Jason feels called to serve Richmond more than just food: he was the mayor’s Provisional Policy Advisor for Innovative Small Business Support, founded a local chapter of a support group for food service professionals struggling with addiction, and once donated all the profits from his restaurant to Feed More.

A private dinner prepared by Chef Jason Alley would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

How to Bid

Visit the Foodies for Families auction website at www.jfsrichmond.afrogs.org to register. auction!

Bidding will take place online from Sunday, May 14th at 5 p.m. until the following Sun-day, May 21st, at 5 p.m. Be sure to watch the leader boards and check the website often to see who’s winning!

If you have any questions, contact Morgan Goad at (804) 349-0758 or by email at


Jewish Family Services is supported, in part, by a generous annual contribution and programming grants from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.