Favorite Chef News: Arizona’s Terry Matthews to Host Exclusive Workshop

Food Network star BBQ Daddy presents ‘The Secret Sauce to Catering Events’ to Favorite Chef competitors

Favorite Chef News: Arizona’s Terry Matthews to Host Exclusive Workshop
Favorite Chef Terry Matthews

Favorite Chef exclusive workshop \u2014 The Secret Sauce to Catering Events

Colossal Management, LLC is thrilled to announce that Arizona-based Food Network star Terry Matthews, also known as “BBQ Daddy,” will be one of a handful of hosts for a series of exclusive workshops set to run throughout the 2023 Favorite Chef Competition. In these workshops, Favorite Chef competitors will discover insider tips and tricks from some of the most experienced professionals in the culinary industry. 

Matthews’ The Secret Sauce to Catering Events will walk competing chefs through the entire catering process, including:

  • Starting a catering business
  • Booking events
  • How to create a catering menu
  • Best foods for catering events
  • How to best prep for an event
  • How to pack for an event
  • Why timing is crucial

Matthews owns and operates Qfire Catering in Phoenix, Arizona, and San Diego, California. He is well-known for appearing as a featured guest on several television and news outlets, including working alongside Chef Bobby Flay. Matthews won the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and Camp Cutthroat and starred in BBQ Brawl in 2021. Colossal is thrilled to partner with Matthews and offer this exclusive workshop to the 2023 Favorite Chef competitors. 

The Favorite Chef Competition brings a community of culinary creators together to compete in a tournament-style online competition for an ultimate prize of $25,000, a one-on-one cooking experience with Carla Hall at the new Platform by James Beard Foundation at Pier 57 in NYC, and an advertorial feature in Taste of Home magazine. Registration for the 2023 Favorite Chef Competition is slated to kick off this spring.  

Favorite Chef will be operated by Colossal as part of a fundraising campaign on behalf of DTCare, a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity organization. Donations from votes cast during the Competition will go directly to DTCare, which will then grant the donations to the James Beard Foundation to support its mission to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture.

About Colossal

Colossal is the global leader in online competitions and one of the most effective fundraising solutions available for charities that lack the bandwidth to operate large-scale campaigns. While offering extraordinary opportunities to men and women around the world, each competition operated by Colossal is designed to raise money for a unique and important cause. To learn more, visit colossal.org

Contact Information:

Anne-Marie Pritchett


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Pray.com Launches Exclusive ‘Passion Week’ Podcast Designed to Prepare Hearts for Easter

Prominent Pastors Partner to Expand on the Details of the Week Leading Up to Christ’s Death and Resurrection

Pray.com Launches Exclusive ‘Passion Week’ Podcast Designed to Prepare Hearts for Easter
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Pray.com’s Passion Week podcast logo

Pray.com, the No. 1 app for prayer and faith-based audio and video streaming content, announced today the release of “Passion Week,” a dynamic, eight-episode focused on the events of easter. Exploring in-depth Christ’s heroic path from the streets of Jerusalem to the grave, “Passion Week” follows His passionate journey to redeem, restore and renew.

Listeners can expect to: 

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the significance of each day of Holy Week 
  • Experience what it’s like to walk with Jesus during the last week of His life 
  • Love the Lord and know of His love even more through this journey

“This powerful, new audio series truly encapsulates the heart of our mission,” said Max Bard, VP of Content at Pray.com. “Each engaging episode shares intimate details of Holy Week, from the dark halls of the temple, where whispers of conspiracy condemn God Himself to death, to the brutal march up the hill of Calvary, where salvation was fought for us on the cross. Finally, we behold light bursting forth from a dark, cold grave on Easter Sunday. From Sunday to Sunday, this is the destination for Easter encouragement and a deeper understanding of what Jesus did for us.”

The new series is exclusively available on the Pray.com platform. 

Highly sought-after voice actors Sylvia Zaradic and Todd Haberkorn share their talents, joined by Pray.com partners in ministry, who will each narrate an episode:

  • Jim Graff, Faith Family Church 
  • Beth Jones, The Basics with Beth 
  • Kristiann Wargo, Create Your Now 
  • And many others 

For more information or to access the “Passion Week” eight-episode audio-cast, visit www.pray.com/series/passion-week, where content is scheduled to go live April 1.

About Pray.com  
Founded in 2016 with a mission to grow faith and cultivate community, Pray.com is the world’s No. 1 app for daily prayer and Bible based audio content. Reaching more than 10 million people world-wide through its mobile app and website, it is the easiest way to incorporate prayer into your daily life. Pray.com provides encouragement and inspiration through daily devotionals, Pastor podcasts, and Bedtime Bible Stories. Pray.com founders are Steve Gatena, Mike Lynn, Ryan Beck and Matthew Potter. See https://alarryross.com/pray-com for more information.

Contact Information:

Melany Ethridge

[email protected]

(214) 912-8934

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New Report Offers Most Comprehensive Look to Date at LGBTQI+ People’s Financial Lives

The LGBTQI+ Economic and Financial (LEAF) Survey: Understanding the Financial Lives of LGBTQI+ People in the United States, released today, shines new light on the financial experiences and issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people in the U.S. The report fills in critical gaps left by many federal and financial industry surveys that fail to include LGBTQI+ demographics. The report is authored by the Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research (CLEAR) and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP). 

The independent survey and report were made possible with sponsorship and support from Visa and Daylight. Visa and Daylight are committed to working with underrepresented communities and helping provide financial tools to those historically underserved by the financial industry.

The report analyzes results from a survey of 2,505 LGBTQI+ and 503 non-LGBTQI+ adults, conducted December 2022-January 2023. Respondents were asked about their financial well-being, priorities and concerns, experiences with exclusion and discrimination, and costs associated with family formation, gender-affirming health care, or legally changing their name or gender marker.

Some key findings include:

  • LGBTQI+ people reported losing the ability to rely financially on their families after coming out. While 73% of LGBTQI+ respondents said they could rely financially on their family before telling them about their sexual orientation, only 62% could do so after coming out. The gap was even greater for transgender respondents.
  • Over half (53%) of all LGBTQI+ respondents had taken out a federal student loan to finance their education, versus 31% of non-LGBTQI+ respondents. Among borrowers, only 23% of LGBTQI+ borrowers had paid off their loans versus 39% of non-LGBTQI+ borrowers.
  • Four in 10 parents (40%) reported having some out-of-pocket legal costs related to family formation. Additionally, 43% of LGBTQI+ parents had spent $1,000+ on out-of-pocket healthcare costs for family formation; nearly a third (32%) had spent $5,000+.
  • Most respondents who received gender-affirming care (82%) reported spending some money out-of-pocket. Nearly half (46%) of people who had received gender-affirming care spent $5,000+ out-of-pocket; one-third (33%) had spent at least $10,000 out-of-pocket.
  • LGBTQI+ people were more likely to report negative feelings about their finances than positive ones.  Roughly twice as many LGBTQI+ respondents as non-LGBTQI+ respondents reported feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and depressed about their finances.
  • One in 10 LGBTQI+ respondents (11%) said they had experienced discrimination in banking or financial services.

“The LEAF report reveals the immense financial pressure many LGBTQI+ people in the U.S. are living under — particularly transgender people and queer people of color. The findings illustrate the urgent need for improvements in the financial industry and in state and federal policies to support the economic needs of LGBTQI+ people and communities who are struggling financially,” said Spencer Watson, Executive Director at CLEAR.

“These new findings show the wide-ranging economic impacts of discrimination on LGBTQI+ people. This underscores the urgent need for strong and decisive efforts to counteract this financial toll and other harms. Especially given the escalating political attacks on LGBTQI+ and especially transgender people, federal protections against discrimination are essential,” said Logan Casey, Senior Policy Researcher and Advisor at MAP.

“Together with organizations like CLEAR, MAP, and Daylight, we’re able to build and advocate for more inclusive financial systems for the LGBTQI+ community around the world,” said Erin Pursell, Vice President of Fintech Business Development, Visa.

The report is available at https://lgbtq-economics.org/research/leaf-report-2023/.

CLEAR is a nonprofit that creates research, education, and advocacy to support the financial needs of LGBTQ people, organizations, and communities and to help them achieve their unique economic goals.

MAP is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight, and analysis that help speed equality for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.

Daylight is the first and only digital banking platform for the LGBTQ+ community, creating the U.S.’s first trans-inclusive debit account in 2021. Learn about Daylight’s latest family-building products at www.joindaylight.com.

Visa Inc. is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories. 

Contact Information:

Rebecca Farmer

Communications Director, Movement Advancement Project

[email protected]

303-578-4600 ext 122

Spencer Watson

Executive Director, Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research

[email protected]


Related Files
LEAF Survey Executive Summary.pdf
LEAF Survey Report March 2023.pdf

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