Although Columbus might not be home to a lot of celebrity chefs, an event for foodies will help a local animal shelter.

Although Columbus might not be home to a lot of celebrity chefs, an event for foodies will help a local animal shelter.

The Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) presents its 10th annual "Celebrity Chef" event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Huntington Park. Tickets cost $60 at the door.

Celebrity Chef will feature media personalities from WBNS-10TV, WSYX, Columbus Alive, Crave magazine, Franklin County commissioners and former Ohio State basketball star Jay Burson. As for food, samples will come from Bravo!, Bon Vie, City Barbeque, Columbus Brewing Co., Louie's Fusion, Olive Tree, Salvi's, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Katzinger's Deli.

"This is business casual; it's a grazing event. You can go from food station to food station, trying sample sizes of offerings, and having the dignitaries and media personalities there as well makes it a lot of fun," CAHS spokeswoman Mary Hiser said. "It's not formal; it's not sit-down. You can come late; you can leave early. You can meet your friends there."

In addition, the event will feature a live band, raffles and dogs available for adoption.

"Last year at Celebrity Chef, all of our animals were either adopted that night or were adopted the next day," Hiser said.

Celebrity Chef draws 600 to 700 people and is a popular fundraiser for the CAHS, Hiser said. People who attend Celebrity Chef often become more involved with the organization, whether it's volunteering, adopting an animal, referring a friend to adopt or helping procure items on the CAHS wish list, Hiser said.

"There are so many things you can do to help these animals beyond physically taking one into your home," Hiser said. "That's the appeal of Celebrity Chef: You're going to a great fun event, and part of your ticket price is directly helping the animals."

The Hilliard-based CAHS has sheltered homeless animals for 127 years, and because it is not a government agency, more than 95 percent of its funding is provided by donations or fees. CAHS typically has 200 to 250 animals in the shelter at any given time, with two-thirds being cats, and the rest are dogs and little animals, like guinea pigs. Hiser said the CAHS also has the largest sheltered rabbit population in Ohio.

Hiser said the CAHS has helped the Scioto County dog pound in Portsmouth to vaccinate, transfer and have 100 dogs adopted since December. In addition, for the next few months during kitten season, the shelter is busy taking in litters of dropped off or abandoned felines.

For more information, call the CAHS at 614-777-7387 or visit