Life is Sweet Ticket Giveaway! chose comment #2 as the winner. Nicole has been notified!

Life is basically doing the best you can with the hand you’re dealt at birth — making the most of your time here regardless of initial speed-bumps on the path to adulthood.

That means doing the best with what country you are born in, what social class you are born into, what family you are born into, and what state of health you are born into.

Best Buddies of Western PA is doing a good job of helping kids do the best with what they’ve been dealt — Autism, Down Syndrome, and Intellectual and Development Disabilities.

Best Buddies, you might recall, is the organization that Daniel Sepulvedanomnomnom supported in their “End the R Word” campaign last year.

Out of respect, I did not circle Daniel’s arm muscles in MS Paint and put a super-happy smiley face next to it. Class. I has it.

Best Buddies is hosting a new fundraiser this year, and a lucky reader and a guest get to go!

What: Two regular admission tickets to the Life is Sweet Best Buddies Chef Showcase on October 20 at the Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Life is Sweet Chef Showcase is a gourmet event featuring dazzling delicacies from the area’s most renowned Chefs and their Buddies.  The Life is Sweet Chef Showcase is a signature Best Buddies International event that has had major success in Washington D.C., Dallas, Vegas, and Maui.  Top chefs will be paired with Buddy Chefs (participants in our program with IDD) for a memorable night of gourmet creations and friendships. The Chef Showcase will be an exciting event that combines delicious local food with innovative pieces of local art that you won’t want to miss!

There will be food, art, wine, conversation, inspirational children, and I’m told there is a BOOZE WAGON to be bid on at auction. I don’t even know what a booze wagon is. I just know I need one.

Value: This giveaway is valued at $120.

To Enter: Leave a comment! Spam comments will be fished out by yours truly when yours truly feels like it.  Any comment will do, but so you have something to say, when you are playing “Chef” at home, what is the best thing you can cook or bake that blows all of your other creations out of the water? Do you make a mean pancake? The best chocolate cookie? (No you don’t, I do) Killer lasagna? Or can you nuke the shit out of some Weight Watchers like nobody else?

Me? I make a kickass veggie lasagna that is so good, when my sister-in-law visited from Mexico, she requested it for BREAKFAST too.

You have until Friday at 10:00 a.m. at which time I’ll pick the lucky winner! I’m going to try to make it to this event so maybe I’ll see you there!

If you don’t win, you can purchase tickets right here!

Good luck!

Fine Print: As usual, I’m not receiving any compensation for this post.


  1. Catherine
    October 12, 2011 12:24 pm

    Chicken and Dumplings! Today is perfect weather for it too.

  2. Noelle
    October 12, 2011 12:31 pm

    Everything I make is awesome. Except for souffle. I can’t get there.

  3. Josh
    October 12, 2011 12:35 pm

    I make a mean cheesecake

  4. LeeInIrwin
    October 12, 2011 12:45 pm

    Seafood linguini – makes meatless Fridays during lent a little less like a sacrifice!

  5. Lindsay
    October 12, 2011 12:54 pm

    I make incredible chicken enchiladas. Also, apple crisp. Mmm!

  6. efw_west
    October 12, 2011 1:02 pm

    hate to cook, so I’m embarrased to say ramen noodles

  7. GenD80
    October 12, 2011 1:26 pm

    Love to cook, I think my shrimp orzo is pretty awesome.

  8. TracyinSC
    October 12, 2011 1:35 pm

    My ribs and pulled pork are pretty killer… cooked/smoked low and slow on our Big Green Egg.

  9. Rege
    October 12, 2011 1:42 pm

    My go to dish is my Chili. Can’t be beat.

  10. beth
    October 12, 2011 1:53 pm

    I make some delicious chicken crescent squares!

  11. Stacey
    October 12, 2011 1:56 pm

    Buffalo chicken dip – and now I’m craving it.

  12. Katie
    October 12, 2011 2:13 pm

    I make a mean chicken and dumplings. Also… Creme de menthe brownies that are to die for!

  13. Lauren
    October 12, 2011 2:19 pm

    I make a mean bruschetta!

  14. Butcher's Dog
    October 12, 2011 2:33 pm

    All this stuff and we’re not judged the fattest region?! Who’s tabulating those results?

    Steak on the grill. Washed down with plenty of cold beer. Properly motivated, I’ll make that in the dead of winter. And I have.

  15. Gladys
    October 12, 2011 2:40 pm

    I would have to say chicken enchiladas; although I am a much better baker than I am a cook.

  16. Leigh
    October 12, 2011 2:55 pm

    My signature dish are tortilla roll-ups – mix cream cheese with green chiles and then spread on flour tortilla and roll. Cut rolled tortilla into 3/4 inch pieces and dip in salsa. Yum! These puppies were a big hit at this year’s block party. So easy and tasty!

  17. jah
    October 12, 2011 2:58 pm

    A DELICIOUS baked potato soup… I’m getting hungry just thinking of it :0)

  18. Barb
    October 12, 2011 3:13 pm

    I’m more a baker than a cook. I make a pretty mean, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie as well as what I refer to as “Nana’s Nuthorns.”

  19. Ren
    October 12, 2011 3:31 pm

    Vegetarian lasagna is the only thing I can make, so I will go with that…

  20. Baba Wawa
    October 12, 2011 3:45 pm

    chocolate covered pretzels with a touch of butterscotch chips…people love em

  21. all5boys
    October 12, 2011 3:58 pm

    I will admit freely that I am not the best cook in the world, I leave that to my husband but there are 2 things that I make well and from scratch: homemade applesauce and homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs. YUM!

  22. oh please
    October 12, 2011 3:58 pm

    I am not a good cook, but I make some killer homemade chicken noodle soup.

  23. Julie
    October 12, 2011 4:16 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I just so happen to be a huge foodie and I love helping kids! My latest achievement was inventing a macaroon cupcake. It was ah-MAH-zing!! You can ask all my co-workers who scarfed them down!! I also make a kick ass veggie lasagna, just sayin’ ;)

  24. T
    October 12, 2011 4:23 pm

    I make damn good peperoni rolls and/or lasagna!

  25. SteelCityMagnolia
    October 12, 2011 4:37 pm

    Used to be, “cooking” meant nuking something or boiling water for pasta and dumping a jar of sauce on it, and THEN nuking it, all while watching the Food Network, thinking that if I could only do that, I’d be so freakin’ impressive (oh, yeah, and wondering just how the hell does Giada stay so skinny???) When my mama got sick and was going to spend Easter in the hospital, I decided we were STILL going to have a holiday dinner. I took on that endeavor, by myself, and let me tell ya, sister, I ROCKED that kitchen!!! And created a monster… I love to cook now. And grill. My specialties are any kind of grilled veggie, grilled basil chicken, and grilled white pizza. And I think I could hold my own in a throwdown with Bobby Flay!!!

  26. Burgh Bird
    October 12, 2011 5:36 pm

    My Vanilla Cinnamon Bread Pudding. It’s been the Christmas dessert of choice for the last 5 years. Even my brother-in-law who jags me all the time for my lack of cooking skills made great big googly eyes and went for thirds the first time it was served. I started with a basic bread pudding recipe, then said to myself “This would be even better if I used cinnamon bread instead of regular bread”. And there was much rejoicing.

  27. Jules
    October 12, 2011 5:50 pm

    I’m quite the baker (with the help of Betty Crocker!)

  28. BeckyS
    October 12, 2011 6:17 pm

    I am known for my Lady Lock cookies. Just made 350 for an upcoming wedding. Got to love the Pittsburgh cookie table, but this wedding is in Washington DC for transplanted Pittsburghers, so it’s OK…

  29. Sam's Dog
    October 12, 2011 7:24 pm

    About 15 years ago I decided to try a smoked turkey for 25 or so family members at Christmas and it went over so well that we have to make one every year. I’m not sure if the turkey or the smoked turkey soup made from the bones and leftovers is better, though.

  30. Andrea
    October 12, 2011 8:24 pm

    Peach trifle or molten chocolate cake.

  31. Jen
    October 12, 2011 10:09 pm

    Barbeque Ribs!! Yum!

  32. Claire
    October 12, 2011 11:44 pm

    Peanut butter nutella cookies. Need I say more?

  33. Me
    October 13, 2011 6:34 am

    I feel like a chef when I make Creme Brulee. It’s really easy, but it sounds like its not.

  34. Cathy
    October 13, 2011 8:39 am

    OK. First I’d like to say that I am a MASTER at answering the question “welcome to _______ how may I help you?”. Usually makes up for my lack of cooking skills.

    BUT my 9 yr old daughter (who has developmental disabilities resembling autism) asked for chocolate chip cookies. I went to All Recipes and found one. OMG soooooo good. I told her this morning that I was going to make peanut butter cookies (only requires 3 ingredients) and she replies “how about your really yummy sugar cookies mommy”.

    These are the sugar cookies that all the women in my family make. My 4 children have a habit of volunteering them for every school party (and letting me know the night before). I’m thinking they must be good then…..

  35. Brandi Bailie
    October 13, 2011 9:03 am

    Daniel is wonderful!

  36. PghGrits
    October 13, 2011 9:19 am

    I make a dee-lish seafood gumbo.

  37. Dave White
    October 13, 2011 9:26 am

    My meatloaf is apparently to die for. Though it is apparently ruined by being paired with my sub-par mashed potatoes.

  38. lovesnorthside
    October 13, 2011 9:41 am

    my christmas morning caramel-soaked french toast made with breadworks baguettes.

  39. Amber
    October 13, 2011 10:18 am

    Everyone seems to like my mac & cheese.

  40. Cassie
    October 13, 2011 10:37 am

    Cinnamon Sugar pull-apart bread. It’s a foodgasm.

  41. Amanda
    October 13, 2011 10:48 am

    My best dish is Pasta Fagioli Soup! Nothing beats it on a cold winter day!

  42. Former Northsider
    October 13, 2011 11:02 am

    I’m pretty good with unhealthy dips. It’s a toss up between my spinach artichoke dip and buffalo chicken dip.

  43. Tiff
    October 13, 2011 11:09 am

    I can now make my mother’s chocolate chip snack cake. It is pretty famous among our family and friends.

  44. Deb
    October 13, 2011 11:11 am

    Chicken Barley Chili

  45. Julie
    October 13, 2011 11:30 am

    I make bad-ass chocolate chip cookies. I am asked to make them at every family function. My guac is good as well.

  46. emstef23
    October 13, 2011 12:06 pm

    buffalo chicken dip – anytime we are invited to a party, i am asked to make my version. apparently mine is the bomb diggity.

  47. Christine
    October 13, 2011 12:15 pm

    I can bake some awesome fancy cupcakes! And make a pretty good chocolate/peanutbutter buckeye cake too.

  48. lisa
    October 13, 2011 1:03 pm

    I make the best meatballs and red sauce in town……..hee hee~

  49. ActionMax
    October 13, 2011 1:48 pm

    I have become a venison master and can make a “deer burger” so juicy and succulent that even prissy women that come to our cookouts have no clue they’re eating deer meat… until I tell them afterwards! haha.

  50. Mandy
    October 13, 2011 2:29 pm

    I’m a better baker than cook, but I make really good chicken parm.