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Chris Mooney edged Shaka Smart in the Coaches' Cook-Off to benefit the Positive VIbe Cafe.
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Mooney Wins Coaches' Cook-Off With Smart
Courtesy:Richmond Athletics

RICHMOND, Va. – A great night of food and fun ended with Chris Mooney edging Shaka Smart in the Coaches’ Cook-Off with all proceeds benefiting the Positive Vibe Café and Foundation.

The two coaches teamed with executive chefs and cooked appetizers and entrees in front of a large crowd at Benedictine High School's gym. Mooney teamed with the University of Richmond’s executive chef Glen Pruden and Smart was matched up with executive chef Walter Bundy from LeMair at the Jefferson Hotel.

The panel of judges, which included ESPN Radio 950’s Big Al, Carmax CEO Thomas Folliard and Richmond Magazine publisher Susan Wineicki, gave the slight edge to Mooney on a night when the Positive Vibe Café was the big winner.

The Positive Vibe Café, located in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center at 2825 Hathaway Road, employs people with disabilities and trains them to work in the food service industry. Started by Garth Larcen to give his son Max an opportunity to develop the skills to work in the food industry, the Positive Vibe Café has graduated over 700 students in eight years.

The Cook-off was the brainchild of Larcen, who had no problem getting Richmond’s Mooney and VCU’s Smart on board for the event.

For more information on the Positive Vibe Café, visit

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