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Dining at The Chef’s Table | BackPack Weekend Food Program

All Event Proceeds Benefit BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc

The 5th annual Dining at the Chef’s Table is serving up another exciting event this year! On Saturday, September 7, guests will experience many sights and sounds that make our home state unique. From food and wine to decor and entertainment, the North Carolina themed event will not disappoint. We will have a live and silent auction with bidding through Give Smart, an online bidding system.

Meet Our 2019 Celebrity Servers

John Bowyer
Alan Cloninger
Charles Edwards
John Forgan
Shawnya Gore
Walter Hobbs
Don Howe
Gayle Kersh
Caroline Letts
Laura Lineberger
Will MacDonald
Jim Marasso
Mike Meeks
Juli Miller


Chuck Niemeyer
Tim Paschall
Elizabeth Patton
Chris Peek
Katherine Sanders
Marti Sell
Julia Singh
Linda Slade
Janet Spencer
Parker Sytz
Jeff Viner
John Watts

Event Details

Silent Auction: Looking for unique gifts or experiences? Maybe you’ve always wanted to pilot your own plane or host your next event at Top Golf. From a private flight Discovery Tour through Academy of Aviation to destination trips to the mountains, there truly is something for everyone in our silent auction. Silent auction will open for online bidding on September 1. 

Live Auction: Private dinner and wine tasting in the luxury of your home to unique escapes or how about customized clothing from Just Darlin’ to wear during just about any season? 

Bidding Options:
Can’t make it to the actual event, but still want to bid on items? You still can. Just go to: You’ll be able to bid on any silent or live auction items without having to actually be present. Silent auction will open one week prior to the event. 

Sponsor a Child
For $350, YOU can make sure a child has enough food to eat on the weekend during the school year. To make a donation, click here or come prepared to give during the “sponsor a child” portion of the event. 


Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Stowe Foundation, Inc.
CaroMont Health
Gastonia Nissan
McMahan Financial
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jackson
PNC Bank

Mobile bidding made easy with
Give Smart!

With any type of mobile phone, guests can download and register on the GiveSmart App and then browse the auction items, place bids, and pay for their items with the tap of a finger.  Should any guest feel technologically-challenged, our friendly Customer Service Representative will be by their side to offer hands-on assistance at any time.

The entire process — browsing, bidding, and paying — is streamlined from start to finish.

Meals Provided since 2011

Students in grades K-12


Students are eligible for free lunch.