A homeless shelter that had expected donations from an event featuring celebrity chefs also got the chefs themselves, preparing a dinner that included crab meat, lamb and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.

"Obviously, we could use the money and we're sorry that didn't work out," said Mitch Snyder of the Community for Creative Non-Violence, which runs the 1,400-resident shelter. "At least people in our shelter are going to get one nice meal."A commercial event had been scheduled for Saturday night and Sunday, charging $50 per ticket for Saturday night and $15 for a Sunday Super Bowl party. The for-profit organization planning it, A Taste of America, had said it expected to donate $150,000 to $300,000 from the profits to the homeless shelter.

The event was canceled late in the week because of last-minute contract problems with the hall where it was to have been held. But the chefs were already in town, and they decided since they'd come to help the homeless, that's exactly what they would do.

The scene in the homeless shelter's kitchen was chaotic.

The apron-draped chefs scurried around the alien kitchen, checking the pantry, surveying the equipment and the volunteer help.