FORT LAUDERDALE — Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Fort Lauderdale/South Palm Beach County cooked up a sensational array of delectable food and a vibrant atmosphere at a recent fundraiser to help fight hunger in South Florida.
Guests toasted the event’s 20th anniversary, enjoying a pre-event VIP cocktail “preview” party, the specialties of dozens of the area’s top celebrity chefs, fine wine, spirits and silent and live auctions.
Chairwoman Kelly Murphy said the party raised $65,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, donations, and the auctions. More than 800 participants filled a huge hall at the Broward Convention Center, which was transformed with a party atmosphere created by Panache Party Rentals. Star Chef Ralph Pagano was auctioneer and Paul Castronovo & Young Ron of BIG 105.9 were masters of ceremony for the live auction.
Patrons were also treated to a cook-off sponsored by Creekstone Farms. Acclaimed Chefs Bryce Statham (Blue Moon Fish Co) and Oliver Saucy (Café Maxx) competed, stirring up innovative dishes on the spot using selected ingredients. Chef Statham was named “top toque”, with Creekstone donating $5000 to Share our Strength in his name as the winner of the close contest.
Share Our Strength, based in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s largest hunger fighting organization, working to end childhood hunger through various fundraising platforms such as Taste of the Nation. Local beneficiaries are the South Florida Hunger Coalition, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers in Boca Raton, and Feeding South Florida.
For information, visit http://www.strength.org.