Carol Winston will be the emcee at an auction benefitting the Children's Relief Nursery.

The saying goes that if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen, but even as the competition heats up you can bet the contenders in Iron Chef Portland won’t be backing down.

These chefs are serious about raising money for LifeWorks NW’s Children’s Relief Nursery (CRN). The competition takes place Oct. 10 at the Portland Art Museum. Attendees will spend the evening sampling hearty autumn-themed appetizers prepared by some of Portland’s leading chefs, then participate in live and silent auctions with proceeds benefiting Children’s Relief Nursery.

Chefs competing in the Iron Chef Portland include reigning Iron Chef Portland Rick Widmayer of Bistro Marquee, Eric Joppie of Bar Avignon, Jake Martin of Genoa Restaurant, Richard Blake of Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, Scott Snyder of Levant and Mirna Attar of Ya Hala’s Lebanese Restaurant. Auctioneer for the event is Lake Oswego resident Brian Bice and emcee is Carol Winston, another Lake Oswegan and business owner.

Winston said a visit to the Children’s Relief Nursery was all it took to convince her the organization needs and deserves the public’s support.

“There are so many causes that need our help,” she said. “But this is one I hope the public really gets behind. The work they do at the Children’s Relief Nursery is so vital to our community, and this is going to be such a fun way to raise funds.”

CRN focuses on building secure, safe and stable relationships between children and their parents to prevent child abuse and neglect. They work with at-risk children from birth through age 4 because they believe that intervention in the first stages of life dramatically affects the future. Families come to the nursery from broken homes, where the legacy of poverty has been passed down from generation to generation and the stress of living on the edge puts their children at risk.

CRN administrators said they know they are successful because their annual comprehensive evaluation finds that 64 percent of children in the program are developmentally on track in gross and fine motor skills and 65 percent of the children are developmentally on track for social-emotional development.

Tickets to Iron Chef Portland are $125 each and can be purchased online at

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