Event Recap: Chefs Up Front 2017 at The Biltmore Hotel Miami – My Wellness RD

The Chefs Up Front events in Miami and Fort Lauderdale have a tremendous impact on FLIPANY’s efforts to fight childhood hunger and improve children ‘s health right here in our community. This year was the 7th annual “Chefs Up Front”, a fundraising dinner that takes place at The Biltmore in Coral Gables and the W Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale.

The epicurean event includes a decadent five-course dinners prepared by 10 of South Florida’s most acclaimed chefs. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ Program, which connects families with healthy food by teaching them how to prepare nutritious, tasty meals on a limited budget. This year, we attended the Biltmore event and it was fabulous!

The Biltmore Hotel

Chefs Up Front Biltmore Hotel Miami

(L) Marketing Chair Holli Lapes RD, LD/N and Event Chair Anita Chang (R)

We sat with Chef Aaron Dreilinger of Chef David Cuisine and Event Design for one of their signature “snail approved” slow food meals.

Chefs Up Front 2017 Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Two of our favorite dishes from the innovative 5 course meal were the Cuttlefish & Corn and Saganaki & Lamb dishes.

(L) Cuttlefish & Corn and Saganaki & Lamb (R)

The Cuttlefish & Corn dish features cast iron squid, corn 3 ways, nasturium and sugar snap peas. This dish was paired with Canoe Ridge Expedition Pinot Gris. The Saganaki & Lamb showcased a pastrami crusted rack with flaming cheese, homestead greens and confit tomato. This entree was paired with Browne Family Vineyards Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon.

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FLIPANY raised over $100,000 from both Miami and Fort Lauderdale events, the biggest year yet! Remember, 100% of the proceeds go to the activity and nutrition programs FLIPANY delivers throughout South Florida neighborhoods. These programs and events give hundreds more kids and families the access to healthy food and nutrition education they need to live healthy lives. FLIPANY‘s goal is to reach 60,000 families in 2017, be sure to support these events next year to help FLIPANY reach this goal! Visit chefsupfront.org.

About FLIPANY
Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY)’s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community. FLIPANY serves youth and families, including seniors, through collaborations with community centers, parks, and other social services agencies. FLIPANY is the lead Florida partner of Cooking Matters, a program of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. For more information, visit flipany.org.

About Share our Strength 
Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry Campaign — a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2020 — Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger at the state and city level. For more information, visit www.nokidhungry.org.

About My Wellness RD
Holli Lapes, RD, LD/N is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in South Florida. Holli is the founder of The South Florida Sage (http://thesoflasage.com/) a food & drink blog featuring culinary experiences from the Miami, Broward and Palm Beach area.

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