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‘Rachael Ray’ show to film locally at celebrity chef breakfast

Rachael Ray will be filming scenes for her daytime talk show from Beacon Education’s celebrity breakfast hosted in February. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON —A celebrity chef fundraiser coming this winter is getting more of a spotlight.

“Rachael Ray” show will be filming the breakfast hosted at Country Club of Landfall Feb. 10, to air footage at a later date. The event is being hosted by Beacon Education — formerly GLOW NC, which started Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington.

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Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray will prepare meals with help from culinary students of the all-girls charter school, GLOW. Production crews will film the culinary figures engaging with the students and the audience, according to a release from Beacon.

Ray has been hosting her Emmy Award-winning daily talk show since 2006 after her rise to fame on Food Network’s “30 Minute Meals.” She also launched a nonprofit organization, Yum-o!, in 2007 to help kids and families learn about the importance of choosing and preparing healthy foods for nourishment and well-being.

Wilmington’s celebrity chef fundraisers have taken place since 2015, featuring Lagasse, Robert Irvine, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, and Tyler Florence, among others. GLOW founder Judy Girard, who worked for the Food Network, first brought Lagasse — the inspiration to start GLOW’s culinary curricula — to kick off the events eight years ago.

It’s Ray’s inaugural appearance at the charity events, made up of three fundraisers, including a limited-seating dinner at a private residence on Feb. 9, and the next day, a gourmet breakfast and four-course lunch at Landfall Country Club. The lunch is sold out, but breakfast tickets, $250, include champagne and a demonstration by Lagasse, Ray and the GLOW students.

Money from the fundraisers will go to both GLOW and the new academies Beacon Education will launch next summer. Spark Academy will open co-ed early childhood education centers geared toward mixed-income families.

“Spark will be the first of several early childhood education schools providing high quality programming for children six weeks through pre-kindergarten,” according to a release from Beacon. 

Tickets can be purchased here for the breakfast, which begins at 7:15 a.m.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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