By Sabrina Romano

Ten local chefs are bringing their talent to the New Hazlett Theater in Allegheny Center this Saturday, Jan. 31 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for Northside Common Ministries’ fourth annual Pantry Brunch Challenge.

The challenge for the chefs is that they can only prepare brunch food with ingredients stocked in a soup kitchen like canned vegetables, beans and boxed milk.

“This challenge forces you to think outside the box and come up with creative substitutions,” said Michael Shimek, a chef from Three Rivers casino. “It benefits a terrific cause and I am looking forward to preparing a winning dish.”

During the event, people will be able to enjoy brunch treats and music from a local bluegrass group called the Millbillys.

The event costs $25 and all of the proceeds will raise money for the Northside Community Food Pantry which provides food for roughly 1,000 individuals every month. Tickets can be purchased online at