Rock Town Bacon Throwdown Oct. 24 to Benefit UAMS Patients

By Yavonda Chase

The mouthwatering competition occurs Oct. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. Tickets, which are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, include a sample of each dish, soft drinks/water and a vote for favorite bacon dish.

Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite or by calling the UAMS Volunteer Services office, (501) 686-5656. Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit the UAMS Patient Support Fund, which helps patients, families and support programs at UAMS.

With purchase of an adult ticket, children 6 and under get in free for games and other family fun. Live entertainment will include two Arkansans – singer/songwriter Jessica Mack, who now calls Nashville, Tennessee, home, and Little Rock native Jake Dell.

Nine chefs have confirmed their participation in this year’s competition, including last year’s winner, Scott Rains of Table 28. He will be facing off against chefs from Cache Restaurant, So Restaurant, Ristorante Capeo, YaYa’s Euro Bistro, Ciao Baci, Terry’s Finer Foods, Boulevard Bread Company and Blue Cake Company. A panel of judges will select the overall winners, while ticketholders will vote to determine which chef takes home the People’s Choice award.

If the Arkansas-Auburn game is playing during the cook-off, it will be shown on scoreboard screen and the screens in the concourse.

The event is being hosted by the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary’s Aux Crew of young professionals. For ongoing updates about the event, visit the UAMS Aux Crew Facebook page and follow them on Twitter or Instagram at @uamsauxcrew.

The UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary plays an important role in providing for the needs of the patients and visitors of the UAMS Medical Center. Part of that commitment includes giving back to programs and departments on campus doing work that directly promotes, improves and advances the welfare, health and comfort of UAMS patients. The Aux Crew helps support the mission of the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary.

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