Leave it to Chef Allen Susser to form a worldwide network of top chefs called “culinary messengers,” who will volunteer their time and talents over the next month in order to help raise money for the victims of Japan’s tsunami and earthquake. The award-winning restaurateur and philanthropist will kickoff the first Miami event at his own neighborhood joint, Chef Allen’s in Aventura. The evening will begin with a sushi & sake reception followed by a seven-course sit-down dinner emceed by Food Network Star Ingrid Hoffman. Each course will be prepared by a different chef. Celebrated chefs confirmed to participate include Chef Allen (of course), Thomas Buckley of Nobu, Andre Bienvenu of Joe’s Stone Crab, Gabriel Fenton of Bourbon Steak at Fairmont Turnberry Isle, Douglas Rodriguez of D Rodriguez, Abe Ng of Sushi Maki and Sugar Cane’s Timon Balloo.
Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
19088 NE 29th Avenue in Aventura
$150 per person with proceeds to benefit ChefsHelpJapan.com (website currently under construction and will be live on or before April 1). For reservations, call 305-935-2900.
As part of this fundraising effort, a series of creative events such as dinners, auctions, cooking classes and more, will be held around the globe including across America, Japan, China, Morocco, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece and the U.K. The first event took place on March 20 with Chefs Jonathan Dearden (Jade Mountain) and Thomas Buckley (Nobu Miami) at Jade Mountain on St. Lucia. Then in Paris on April 13, Hervé Jouanneau, Philippe Gardette, Hiroka Kageyama and others will host a large scale “cooking show” at the Petit Palais, reinventing French dishes with Japanese ingredients. Dinners are also scheduled in Hawaii with Alan Wong and Susan Spicer in New Orleans.
For more information on how you can support one of the largest network of “culinary messengers—a name that’ll be used for future benefits as well—and details about upcoming events, please visit ChefsHelpJapan.com, which will go live on or before April 1, or contact Allen Susser at 305-935-2900