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Chefs Up Front holds 2 fundraisers in August


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Some of South Florida’s most notable chefs will be stirring things up next month at Chefs Up Front, an annual fundraising event hosted by local nonprofit FLIPANY, Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth.

This year’s event has been expanded to two dinners, the first on Aug. 9 at The Biltmore in Coral Gables with Roxanne Vargas, host of NBC6’s Six in the Mix as emcee, and on Aug. 23 at the W Fort Lauderdale with NBC6 meteorologist Ryan Phillips doing the honors.

Chef Carlos Jorge, FLIPANY’s chef liaison for both events, returns to host at W Fort Lauderdale. He’ll be joined by Jason Smith of Steak 954., Stanton Bundy of the Royal Pig Pub and Kitchen; Jeremy Ford of 3030 Ocean, and Marc Gruverman of The Capital Grille.

Gregory Pugin of Palme d’Or hosts at the Biltmore with the hotel’s banquet chef, Scott Downs; Phil Bryant of Swine Southern Table and Bar; Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar; Nuno Grullon of Iron Side Café; Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile; Makoto Okuwa of Makoto and Steak 954’s Smith, pulling double duty.

Chefs Up Front benefits Cooking Matters, a program that teaches children and their families how to make healthy food choices, cook healthy meals and shop for nutritious foods on a budget.

Both programs include a silent auction and, you guessed it, a fabulous dinner. Individual tickets are $150 per person and may be purchased at, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

More kid stuff

Fort Lauderdale’s popular Kitchenetta Trattoria Tipica Italiana, 2850 N. Federal Hwy., next week hosts Recipe for Success, a fundraising dinner for the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, a not-for-profit organization serving disabled, chronically ill infants, children and adolescents..

Tickets are $100 per person, $175 per couple. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday and include a silent auction and a performance by singer Sal Sciana. RSVP to Ana E. Calderon at the CDTC, 954-728-1060 or

Another cause

Miami magazine next week hosts its fifth annual To Live & Dine soiree with 20 of the area’s top restaurants and chefs offering signature menu items in the Design District’s historic Moore Building. The party benefits the Chapman Partnership, an organization providing aid to the homeless.

To Live & Dine runs from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday at 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at Attendees are also encouraged to bring in a toiletry or canned good to contribute to the on-site collection.

Quick bites

• Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach will start serving Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Aug. 4. James Beard Award-Winning chef Schwartz’s menu will be updated each week at or 305-612-1163.

• Doug Sisk has joined the Social Club at the Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach as executive chef. Sisk’s resume includes stints at Morgans in Miami’s Midtown neighborhood, the Atlantis Paradise Hotel & Resort and the Havana Club at the Miami City Club. or 305-604-1800.

• Bâoli in Miami Beach has revamped its menu and it’s offering guests a taste opportunity with half prices every Tuesday beginning Aug. 6. The new menu infuses an Asian twist to Bâoli’s international selection. or 305-674-8822.

Compiled by Food Editor Kathy Martin. Send news to by noon Monday for consideration in next week’s column.

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