Celebrity Hors d’Oeuvres

It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s fun! It’s Calgary’s Famous Food Frenzy!

It’s the 26th annual Celebrity Hors d’Oeuvres! Hosted by Darcy Evans and Michael Bigattini, local celebrities and the city’s finest chefs team up and battle it out in an amazing hors d’oeuvres competition and rapid-fire live auction – all in support of Alberta Theatre Projects.

Saturday, April 27, 2019  |  6:30 pm
Willow Park Wines & Spirits
10801 Bonaventure Dr SE



$100 ticket price includes ALL hors d’oeuvres and drink pairings.

$125 VIP ticket price includes a pre-event reception at 6:00 pm where guests can mix and mingle with celebrities. VIP tickets are not included in discounted early bird pricing.

The Extraordinary Experiences Online Auction is now live!

You can view and bid on 100 items before attending our rapid-fire live auction at Celebrity Hors d’Oeuvres. Running until April 28, 2019.

Stay tuned as restaurants, drink partners, and celebrities are added weekly!

2019 Participating Restaurants:


Thank you to Willow Park Wines & Spirits for their support!


Participating Celebrities:

Ron “Buck Shot” Barge, CFCN’s The Buck Shot Show

Ron “Buck Shot” Barge is a Calgary Entertainer and retired Host of The Buck Shot Show, a local children’s television series that ran on CFCN Television from 1967 to 1997. When the show ended, it was the longest-running children’s TV show in Canadian history.

Tammara Behl, MasterChef Canada Finalist

Tammara was a teacher for 15 years, teaching high school special needs students. She got herself through university by playing high stakes poker. Tammara was a finalist, and fan favorite, on Season 1 MasterChef Canada. In addition, she did a 2-hour family Christmas special to open season 2, and was a guest judge on season 3. Now, Tammara owns a catering company as well as a company that sells high end cooking tools.

Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, Physician & CBC Radio Personality, Calgary Eyeopener

Dr. Raj Bhardwaj is a Family Physician working at the Sheldon M. Chumir Urgent Care Centre downtown. He’s also a Clinical Associate Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, in the Department of Family Medicine. Apart from his clinical work, Raj is passionate about science communication, and works to increase health literacy and science knowledge weekly on CBC Radio and TV. He’s the syndicated Health and Medicine columnist for CBC Radio for Western Canada, and appears weekly on CBC TV in Calgary and Edmonton. Raj also volunteers as a judge at the Calgary Youth Science Fair, at Science Busker at Beakerhead, as a general nerd at the Calgary Comic Expo, and as a guest speaker for Adults Only Night at Telus Spark as well as Nerd Nite Calgary and the all-new Science Slam YYC.

Dr. Malu Celli, Curator, Calgary Zoo

Dr. Malu Celli is a curator at the Calgary Zoo and spends her days ensuring the happiness and health of hippos, gorillas, giraffe and 200 other animals. This biologist has worked with wildlife for over 20 years in Brazil, Africa, Japan and England until the opportunity came to move to Canada. Malu dived right in: from rescuing critters and rebuilding the zoo after the 2013 flood, to opening Penguin Plunge and Land of Lemurs, two habitats that have transformed the face of the Calgary Zoo.  She is passionate about travelling and the arts, so if not at work, you’ll find her in the mountains, backpacking South America or checking out a play or festival in town.

Sepidar Yeganeh Farid, Actor & Theatre Artist

Born in Iran, Sepidar has been an avid artist in Calgary for the past decade as a musician and actress. Recently, she had the pleasure of making her debut at ATP in the New Canadian Curling Club. She is thrilled to have been a part of such an amazing show that put diverse stories in the spotlight. Sepidar is also an advocate within the community for immigrant and refugee children and youth and has been working closely with them to give them the tools they need to succeed and inspiring them to develop their individual creative voices.

Camilla di Giuseppe, CTV News Anchor

In just over five years Camilla di Giuseppe has worked in three different Canadian cities, four different stations, has interviewed numerous interesting and fascinating individuals, and covered some extraordinary events.  She has been with CTV since 2006. News affects and impacts the communities we live in and she is very proud to be a part of the process. She Volunteers with the Salvation Army, and can be seen participating in charitable running events as well.

Helen Knight, Actor & Theatre Artist

Helen has had the distinct honor of working with ATP over the past two seasons playing Mary Tudor in both The Last Wife (for which she won a Betty Mitchell Award) and The Virgin Trial. This past January Helen joined the original Stratford cast in remounting The Virgin Trial with Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto. She occasionally moonlights as a playwright (“The Art of Kneading”, “FUGLY”), pie baker, and nurse.

Ina Sidhu, CTV Calgary Reporter/Anchor

Ina is a Reporter/Anchor at CTV Calgary.  You’ll find Ina out in the field reporting on location – and sometimes in the studio. She is a foodie, and always looking to try the newest restaurants in Calgary, and is excited to team up with Camilla DiGuiseppe for her first CHD.

Christina Smith, Canadian Olympian, Bobsleigh

Christina Smith is one of the world’s pioneers of the extreme winter sport of women’s bobsleigh. She was Canada’s first bobsleigh pilot at the inaugural Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 with brake woman Paula McKenzie. A Montreal native who was raised in Calgary, Christina won Canada’s first ever official World Cup bronze medals at the 2000 and 2001 events.

Natasha Strickey, Voice Actor & Theatre Artist

Natasha Strickey, Voice Actor & Theatre Artist (ATP’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and ZORRO: Family Code).  She is a Calgarian actor and thrilled to be representing ATP for this event tonight. This season, she has worked closely with ATP, The Shakespeare Company, and Vertigo Theatre. Her voice work can be seen (or rather heard) on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Crunchyroll streaming services. Bon appetite!

Jimmy-Lee Vennard, Azuridge Estate Hotel Estate Butler

As the Estate Butler at the Azuridge Estate Hotel, Jimmy-Lee Vennard is truly one-of-a-kind. The multi-talented butler has made it his mission to accommodate your needs and give you the best possible experience while visiting the Azuridge Estate Hotel. He works hard so that you don’t have to!

Neil Zeller, Calgary Photographer

Neil is a Calgary Photographer specializing in unique architectural photography, event photography and portrait photography.













Photos by Jeff Yee

If you have any questions about Celebrity Hors d’Oeuvres, please contact Director of Development, Chelsey Kehler.