As part of his ongoing quest to fill his restaurant on Sundays and transform public opinion on Union (many still think of it as a hushed temple of haute cuisine, owing largely to its breathless reception on opening), Chef Ethan Stowell will host a charity lasagne cook-off Sunday, April 19. This one will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Stowell throws these casual parties from time to time, inviting local celeb chefs to enter their best-ever meatloaf or mac ‘n’ cheese or other such name-that-downhome-favorite.

Double-benefit: The charity gets some dough ($50 per person) and Union walks away with a more approachable reputation.

Thirteen local chefs will compete, including Dan Braun (Oliver’s Twist), Sabrina Tinsley (Osteria La Spiga), Jim Romdall and chef Elliot Newman (Vessel), and “Mamma” Enza Sorrentino (Sorrentino Trattoria & Pizzeria).

Among the competitors will be a few home cooks, including Rocky Yeh, Darryn O’Shea (O’Shea Scarborough Winery), Wendy Miller, Lauren Edlund, Wendy “Della” Petersen, Mark Miller, Darren Vengroff, and Stowll’s wife Angela.

Guests can eat all the lasagna they want, along with green salad, garlic bread, and tap beer. Guests will also be the judges.

The winner of the Lasagna Cook-Off will get dinner for six at Union, Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, or Anchovies & Olives.

Reservations are critical. And save the date…‘cause September 13 it’s ribs.

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