Chef Bobby Marcotte is a busy guy.  He's been on the Food Network several times and he is going to be on AGAIN on March 14th at 8pm.  The weekend after that, he's hosting an event that is more special to him than any TV appearance.


The Hoppy Leprechaun 5K is on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Oyster River High School.  The race with be very safe and it will be St. Patrick's Day Last Hurrah, so why not?!  Proceeds from the event will got to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  This is from their website:

100% of the event proceeds and any additional donations contributed will be allocated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Bobby Marcotte, Owner and Head Chef of Hop + Grind, brand new sister restaurant Rise + Grind and Tuckaway Tavern has been a longtime supporter of St. Jude’s in honor of his late daughter, Allana, who lost her battle to Cancer at a young age of 13 in 2014.

The award ceremony is at 11:30am and of course, if you are considering sticking around after the race, the Rise + Grind and the Hop + Grind will have food and drink specials, so it's almost worth it to jump on to this event just for that!  You know that Chef Bobby is going to roll out the good stuff for the people who support this cause, amirite?

The only thing that I am worried about it actually finishing the 5K.  I know I won't come close to winning, I've not been training and I'm not a runner generally, however, I don't want to come in last.  I do believe that I am going to "get over myself" and sign up anyway.  It's a great cause and I'm a pretty big fan of the Chef and everything he's done for my hometown of Raymond, our Community in Dover and how happy his food has made me on so many occasions.

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