Rained-out charitable kitchen tour reemerges as raffle

Circa 1886's red snapper. (Brad Nettles/Staff) 6/3/15

When October storms forced the cancellation of the Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour, the Dorchester Children Center’s signature annual fundraiser, participating chefs didn’t assume they were off the hook. Instead, they made good on their charitable commitments by coming up with an array of culinary experiences, now being raffled off for $25 a ticket.

“I sent a very gentle request, and gave no guidelines or suggestions,” organizer Marilyn Kaple says. “Each one of these fabulous people gave completely of their own accord: They made these fabulous donations without batting an eye.”

Russ Webb of R Kitchen and Marc Collins of Circa 1886 were among the first to respond, respectively donating a private dinner for 10 at R Kitchen or the winner’s home and a five-course dinner for two at Circa 1886, with wine pairings included.

Other items on the raffle list include a Lowcountry boil for 50 guests, catered by Parish House Catering; a four-course wine dinner for 10, prepared in the winner’s home by Five Loaves Café chef Stephen Harman and a $125 gift certificate to Blossom, Magnolias or Cypress.

The kitchen tour and related events typically generate $100,000 for the Children’s Center, which serves abused and neglected children in Dorchester and Berkeley counties. While sponsors honored their pledges and a majority of ticketholders declined to request refunds, the loss of day-of sales resulted in a shortfall that organizers hope the raffle will cover.

Tickets can be purchased online at dorcesterchildren.org; in person at the Children’s Center, 301 E. Richardson Ave., or by phone at 843-875-1551. The center is offered packs of five tickets at the discounted price of $100; ticket sales end on Dec. 11.

Winning tickets will be drawn on Dec. 11 at Triangle Char & Bar, which plans to donate 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the Center.