13th Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza

One of South Florida’s most popular annual food and wine charity events, the March of Dimes Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza, will return for its thirteenth year featuring signature chefs from dozens of Miami’s most popular restaurants. The event will take place on October 14, 2010, at Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom. Celebrity Chef Sunny Anderson of the Food Network will host the evening and Maria C. Alonso, Senior Vice President and Miami-Dade/Monroe Manager for Bank of America, will be honored for her continuous support of the March of Dimes.

This year’s extravaganza will feature some of Miami’s top chefs, including event Co-Chairs Chef Michael Jacobs and Chef Andrew Rothschild of Strategic Hospitality Group and Host Chef David Strickland of Jungle Island, as well as Chef Hiro Asano of Abokado, Chef Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Sean Brasel of Meat Market, Chef Dana Brizee of Smith & Wollensky, Chef Brian Cantrell of Emeril’s Miami Beach, Chef Clay Conley of Azul at the Mandarin Oriental, Chef Alexander Feher of InterContinental Miami, Chef Marco Ferraro of Wish Restaurant, Chef Frank Jeannetti of Essencia Restaurant at Palms Hotel & Spa, Chef Edda Martinez of Edda’s Cake Designs, Chef Jonathan McCann of Atrio Bar and Grill at the Conrad Miami Hotel, Chef Jorge Montes of Chef George Catering, Chef Luis Quant of Por Fin, Chef Gonzalo Rivera of La Marea, Chef David Sloane of Rosa Mexicano, Chef Simon Stojanovic of AltaMare, Chef Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s Restaurant, Chef Kris Wessel of Red Light Little River,. This year’s theme is centered around America’s ongoing Food Revolution — the understanding that good eating comes from making everything from scratch with the highest quality ingredients available.

“This event offers a chance for our community to enjoy some extraordinary food and wine, and at the end of the night, have the satisfaction of knowing that they’re playing a part in reaching a day when all babies are born healthy and full-term,” said event Chair Vincent Croce of Wealth Capital Management.

In addition to a stellar roster of local celebrity chefs and amazing food, guests will enjoy wines and champagnes from the world’s finest vineyards and distilleries, courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits. Aside from a who’s who of attendees, this year’s event promises exciting entertainment as well as live and silent auctions featuring an array of items including dining packages, fine wine and champagnes, travel and hotel stays in exotic locations including a luxurious London stay, fine art pieces, and other specialty items, with all proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes. This year’s event image, “Swiss Cheese” was created by renowned pop artist and philanthropist Romero Britto. To date, event sponsors of note include: Wealth Capital Management, Carnival Cruise Lines, Southern Wine & Spirits, Greenspoon Marder, and Publix Super Markets, Inc. Media sponsors to date include WTVJ NBC6, WSCV Telemundo 51, WMXJ Majic 102.7, The Miami Herald, Miami.com and Dining Out magazine.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person in advance, $175 per person at the door. Limited tickets for both the Extravaganza and an exclusive VIP Champagne Reception immediately preceding the event are available at $250 per person. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the March of Dimes. Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail on Watson Island. For more information, call 305.477.1192 or visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/florida.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy.

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