CHOPPED!Worcester 2018 Photos

CHOPPED!Worcester 2018 Photos

CHOPPED!Worcester 2018

CHOPPED!Worcester 2018

On 9.24.18 four chefs went in…

CHOPPED!Worcester 2108 Competitors 
(From left) Chris O’Harra, Rachel Coit, Robin Clark, & Bill Nemeroff

…one came out victorious! 

Congratulations Rachel Coit of Kummerspeck Restaurant & Deli!!

A huge thank you to ALL of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, chefs,  judges,  and guests!! This years CHOPPED!Worcester was an amazing success!!

Special shout out to Jane Busby- Thank you for ALL of your help we couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks Serina and the rest of the JI staff for helping out and supporting us. Thank you to the events staff at WPI especially Bill Battelle and Ali Reed -your help was invaluable! Thank you Dee Wells of Future Focus Media for all of our beautiful videos, pictures, advice, and smiles -JI loves you!!  Thank you Christopher Lange for coming to help us out with…whatever we needed! Thank you to Dan H., Mike R., Doug W., Larry F., Steve W., Robert S., AJ M., and Justin I. for all of your help in setting up and making sure our guests were fed!! 

Thank you to our panel of Judges for honoring us by being a part of CHOPPED!Worcester!!

Judges from left to right: Derek Gibbs, Mike Hsu of WAAF, Alina Eisenhauer, and Mike Arrastia of Hangover Pub

 Thank you to our MC’S for hosting a wonderful evening!!

MC’s: Jim Eber & Jay Powell

A round of applause for our musical guests Belit!!

Music by Belit

Finally Thank You to our Generous Sponsors and Supporters! As always -we cannot do what we do without you!

Foodie Level Sponsors: Cherie’s Soul Creations,  O’Connor Maloney & Co., Masterman’s Safety and Industrial  Supply,                                           The First Baptist Church of Worcester

Event supporters include: Acoustic Java, Adrienne Beaupre & Assoc. LLC, Barber’s Crossing, Birch Tree Bread Co., Blanchard’s 101 Diner, Boston Red Sox, Boundless Adventures, Belit, Bowlero Shrewsbury, deadhorse hill, Headshop Hair Factory, Cupcakes by C. dough, Fatima’s Café, Brownies by Jane Busby, The Hall at Patriot Place, Kummerspeck Restaurant & Deli, Livia’s Dish, Maddi’s Cookery & TapHouse, The Hangover Pub , Museum of Russian Icons, Music Worcester, Nu Café, Old Sturbridge Village, O’Connors Restaurant & Bar, Polar Beverages, Smokestack BBQ, Romaine’s Wood Grill, Southwick’s Zoo, Sylvia Murphy, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Bravehearts, Worcester Railers , Seed to Stem, The Sole Proprietor, and Zoinks, Guertin’s Graphics, Park Print, Future Focus Media, 

CHOPPED!Worcester 2018

CHOPPED!Worcester 2018

The 2nd Annual Chopped!Worcester event is just a few weeks away!

Come watch us test the culinary skills of some of Worcester’s best chefs while they create a tasty appetizer and entrée from a bunch of whacky ingredients you’d find in our food pantry. 

Will we stump them? Or will they whip up an imaginative, tasty treat?

On September 24th from 5:30-8:30pm come watch some of Worcester’s hottest chefs battle it out to be the winner of the 2nd Annual Chopped!Worcester. The event will be held in the Odeum Room in the Rubin Campus Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Using ingredients we give them, the talented chefs will go have to create an appetizer and entrée in 40 minutes.

This year’s battle will include chefs Chris O’Harra from Maddi’s, Rachel Coit from Kummerspeck, Bill Nemeroff from BT’s Smokehouse, and Robin Clark from deadhorse hill. Our judges will be Mike Arrastia of the Hangover Pub, Alina Eisenhauer: winner of Sweet Genius,  and chef Derek Gibbs, with the 4th seat at the judge’s table going to the highest bidder! Will that be you?

To find out more about how to be at the head table, visit: 

This year’s MC’s will be Jim Eber, and chef Jay Powell.

Jay Powell has won many awards, including being named Worcester’s Best Chef in Worcester Magazine (2015, 2016) and Central Mass. Best Chef (2016), Telegram & Gazette. He is a member of the local chapter of Les Amis d’Escoffier Society and has appeared numerous times on TV’s “Phantom Gourmet.” Powell also has won awards for his soups and chowders. His restaurant has been named #2 Best Mom and Pop Restaurant in Massachusetts and one of the top five bistros in New England. “My life revolves around food, and I completely understand that none of this would have happened if it weren’t for all the people who have crossed my path on this incredible culinary journey,” said Powell. “Most importantly is family and my wife, who have been my foundation to allow me to do what I love.”

Tickets to this fun-filled event are only $50. You get a chance to see some of Worcester’s most talented chefs throw it down, eat food provided by local eateries, and bid on some spectacular auction items. There will be a cash bar featuring special nonalcoholic drinks, as well. 

All proceeds from the event support the Nutrition Center at Jeremiah’s Inn, which provides food to more than 9,000 Worcester residents each year.  

Don’t wait to buy your tickets – you might lose out on what is sure to be a sold-out event! You can buy your tickets at

 And you can spread a little awesome sauce by sharing this event with your friends, family and co-workers!  

Event sponsors are: BayState Savings Bank, Fallon Health, and Savers Bank at the King of the Grill level. Teamsters Union Local #170 and TD Bank at the Top Chef level.  Smith, Sullivan & Brown P.C. and William F. Lynch Co.,Inc. at the Gourmet level. Boulevard Diner, Cherie’s Soul Creations, Masterman’s Safety and Industrial Supply, O’Conner, Maloney & Co. P.C., and St. Mark’s Church at the Foodie level of sponsorship. 

Event supporters include: Acoustic Java, Adrienne Beaupre & Assoc. LLC, Barber’s Crossing, Birch Alley, Birch Tree Bread Co., Blanchard’s 101 Diner, Boston Red Sox, Boundless Adventures, Bowlero Shrewsbury, Hall at Patriots Place, Headshop Hair Factory, Cupcakes by C. dough, Fatima’s Café, Brownies by Jane Busby, Livia’s Dish, Museum of Russian Icons, Music Worcester, Nu Café, Old Sturbridge Village,  O’Connors Restuarant & Bar, Polar Beverages, Smokestack BBQ, Southwick’s Zoo, Sylvia Murphy, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Bravehearts, Worcester Railers , Worcester Restaurant Group, and Zoinks  …with more to come!

Tri State Truck Center Delivers, Again!

Tri State Truck Center Delivers, Again!

A big thank you to all the generous folks over at Tri State Truck Center for donating several tickets to Saturday nights’ Worcester Railers Hockey game! The Tri State Team is always so thoughtful and generous! We can’t begin to thank them enough for all that they do for us here at the Inn, from holiday meals to sponsorships, hockey tickets and more… their support is incredible!




Ken’s Dressing BBQ Night was a HUGE Success!

Ken’s Dressing BBQ Night was a HUGE Success!

On Saturday, we had the staff of Ken’s Foods Inc of Marlborough down to the Inn, cooking and serving a delicious BBQ dinner, all made with their famously delicious Ken’s Steak House Dressings!

The residents enjoyed a meal of Caesar salad made with Ken’s Tableside Caesar Dressing, BBQ chicken bathed in tangy Sweet Baby Rays Original BBQ Sauce, fresh garlic bread, french fries
served with Ken’s Buttermilk Ranch and Sweet Baby Ray’s dipping sauces, coleslaw tossed with Ken’s Magic Blend Coleslaw dressing, & Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes.

They even donated some of their delicious dressings to us for distribution!


Everyone had a wonderful time, residents and staff alike. Such an incredibly generous donation by these employees, and an unforgettable dinner for our residents!

We are continuously thankful for and humbled by the community support we receive! We couldn’t do the important work we do, battling against food insecurity and the substance use epidemic, without the generosity of community members just like the staff of Ken’s!

For more information on our Evening Meal Program as well as other volunteer opportunities, click here, or send an email to

St. Joseph’s/St. Pius X of Leicester

St. Joseph’s/St. Pius X of Leicester

This past Sunday, we had a great group of kids down to the Inn from St. Joseph-St. Pius X in Leicester. As part of our Evening Meal Program, they donated, cooked and served a delicious meal of parmigian crusted chicken thighs, baked potatoes with fixings, green bean casserole & chocolate chip cookies to the 29 residents of Jeremiah’s Inn. They also donated 30+ beautiful blessings boxes, one for each of our guys, filled with soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, deodorant, socks, and more.
These kids, made up of 6 ninth graders, along with their chaperones, demonstrated a great act of kindness in service to our residents, they dedicated their Sunday to coming down and spending time with the residents and serving us a delicious meal, and we are so thankful and humbled by their generous giving.
We look forward to having them down again soon!

Pam’s Porch 5!

Pam’s Porch 5!

Last night, we had the pleasure of having the Pam’s Porch 5 Community down to prepare and serve for our Evening Meal Program, and what a success it was! And so much food!! There was Ooey-Gooey mac & cheese, regular mac & cheese, spiral ham, turkey, lasagna, ‘Lazy Man’ lasagna, 8 rotisserie chickens, and ‘Pa’s chicken’ for the main courses. Garlic bread, two loaves of home made white bread, garden salad, spaghetti salad, & butternut squash made up the sides. Desserts included Pineapple upside down cake, frosted brownies, strawberry filled cupcakes, brownies, assorted home made cookies, lemon cake, Reese’s Peanut-butter cookies, Kentucky Bars, cream puffs, and candy!

Children passed out name tags for residents and cooks, helped set up, and drew names for a baseball cap giveaway.

This was a truly special evening for residents, staff and cooks alike. Put on in remembrance of Pam’s brother, David, who tragically passed away, this was a heartwarming tribute to him, along with all others we’ve lost to the disease of addiction. Pam spoke with the residents about her brother, and her loss, and spoke to the courage of our residents to continue to fight for their recovery.

Our hearts are so full of gratitude for the generosity of this group of people, who came here as strangers and left here as friends.


Beta Theta Pi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Volunteers

Beta Theta Pi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Volunteers

Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting several volunteers from Beta Theta Pi – Worcester Polytechnic Institute!
15 young men helped out with cleaning our kitchen and picking up trash outside.
We are thankful for this generous support and look forward to working with these great volunteers in the future!