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CNMI Top Chef to help raise funds for Empty Vessel

LAXMI Shrestha, the 2017 CNMI Top Chef, has signed up to be one of the “ambassadors” of the Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation.

EVM founding director Rose Smith said their ambassadors help raise funds for charitable services.

On Dec. 22, Smith said Shrestha will start her fundraising project by hosting dinner at her Everest Kitchen in Garapan.

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“She will be serving her winning recipe, including the appetizer and dessert, from this year’s Next Top Chef competition,” Smith added.

The fee for the buffet-style dinner is $25 only.

Smith noted that Everest Kitchen is known for its healthy menu.

Shrestha said their buffet spread will include green salad, Nepali-style potato salad, shrimp ceviche, babaganush, hummus, vegetable stick, naan bread, pita bread, dal (soup), basmati rice with coconut, flakes and nuts.

The main course is chicken curry, steamed fish, grilled vegetables, and Nepali-styled sauteed green vegetables.

Dessert includes rice pudding, pumpkin cake, banana cake with spices and yogurt sauce, a variety of fruits and Nepali ice tea.

Everest Kitchen’s special sauces, salad dressing and hot sauce will be available.

Smith said Everest Kitchen can only accommodate 80 persons so the event “will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.” The fundraising dinner starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

During the event, Smith said Top Chef organizers, the Hotel Association of Northern Mariana Islands and EVM, will turn over the Celebrity Cup to Shrestha as the winner of this year’s competition. The top sponsors of the contest will also be recognized.

For reservations, call Empty Vessel Ministry at 235-2340 or Everest Kitchen at 233-2688.