Richard Carmean and Skip Pikus had the unique opportunity on Wednesday, July 13 to be the first Guest Chef and Celebrity Bartender at Abbott’s Grill. Ten percent of the sales for the night went to benefit Kent-Sussex Industries to help with KSI’s rehabilitation and employment services for disabled individuals.
Chef Carmean took over the kitchen for the night and prepared Cream of Crab Soup, Italian Red Gravy with Meat served with homemade pasta. Mr. Carmean’s service as former Chief of Police and his years of dedication to the city of Milford attracted a large crowd for the first Milford Guest Chef and Celebrity Bartender Benefit.
“I was delighted that Abbott’s Grill gave me the opportunity to cook for their guests,” commented Mr. Carmean. “These boys in the kitchen worked very hard tonight. I almost forgot how hard this work really is.”
Chef Ryan Cunningham of Abbott’s Grill assisted Chef Carmean in the kitchen and sold out of the specially prepared meal in under two hours.
Celebrity Bartender Skip Pikus served food from the kitchen along with libations and entertainment. His years of service on Milford City Council and as local business owner of Lou’s Bootery on N. Walnut Street helped to increase the number of guests in Abbott’s bar area.
“I enjoyed it immensely and I had so much fun,” commented Mr. Pikus. “I saw a lot of people that I knew. I will tell you one thing, being a bartender is not as easy as it looks. You really have to hustle when a lot of people are at the bar.”
Skip’s hustle was very important for Kent-Sussex Industries since each tip Mr. Pikus received was donated to the organization at the end of the night. Ten Percent of Chef Carmean’s food sales were also donated to KSI, which is a local business dedicated to assisting people with disabilities reach their potential in employment and participating in the local community. Mr. Carmean and Mr. Pikus were able to choose the organization that would receive the proceeds from the evening.
Being on the Board of Directors for KSI for over 10 years, KSI was a natural choice for Mr. Carmean. “I am very impressed with what they do and I was honored to have had such a great benefit for them,” stated Mr. Carmean. “They are a great organization for the town of Milford.”
At the end of the night Abbott’s Grill decided to match the donations that were made at the bar in addition to donating 10% of the sales from Chef Carmean’s items. Abbott’s Grill hopes to host more benefits of this nature in the future to help serve the Milford community and its many great organizations. If an organization or individuals is interested in holding a Guest Chef and Celebrity Bartender Benefit they are urged to call Abbott’s Grill at 302-491-6736.