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October 03, 2006 - March of Dimes Serves up a "Signature Chefs & Wine Event"

What: Fabulous Food & Wine at the Marriott Boca Raton

Where: Marriott Boca Raton

When: Thursday, October 5, 2006

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $100 pp in advance; $125 pp on day of event

Beneficiary: March of Dimes

Host(s): Chef Esteban Arguedas of Absinthe

Gala Chairperson(s): Mercedes Mottek & Peter Mottek of First Southern Bank, Event Chairs; Roxanna Trinka Sponsorship Chair

Committee Members: Mike Aiello, Ivan Baron, Marta Batmasian, Gloria Branch, Miriam Brown, Paul Carman, Patti Carpenter, Angela Colicheski, Brenda Coto, Lisa Fitzgerald, Nicole Flier, Peter Gallo, Brett & Patty Gerber, Susan Hunter, Jon & Bonnie Kaye, Ben & Rosemary Krieger, Erika Lewin-Harris, Andrew Martin, John McCarthy, Julie Mc Mahon, Jacqueline Nicholson, Joe Pores, Eleanor Powers, Tom Prakas, Kathleen Puglisi, Marylou Riccio, Tandy Robinson, Rocki Rockingham, Kristen Ross, Jan Savarick, Mickey Silverman, Amanda Smeak, Linda Spielmann, Aaron Stowell, Philip Studer, Sheri Sweeney, Kristen Theisen, Kate Volman, Joe Winke & Erika Wong

Staff: Hanna J.L. Fink, Executive Director, S. FLorida; Rochelle Darman, State Director of Communications; Roger Hicks, Division Ex Director, Palm Beach & Broward Counties, Shanna St. John,Division Director, Palm Beach County; Catherine Antonelli, Community Director; Pam Elcik, Community Director &Donna Kirk, Office Manager

Sponsors: PRESENTING SPONSORS: Oster® and Mr. Coffee® brands of Jarden Consumer Solutions CONNOISSEUR SPONSOR: BaseLine Engineering & Land Surveying, Inc. ENTHUSIAST SPONSORS: First Southern Bank and Polen Capital Management, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Premier Beverage, Dewars 12, and Grey Goose. MEDIA SPONSORS: Boca Raton News, Dining Out, Boca Life,& WRMF 97.9 FM

Auctioneer: Neil Saffer, Saffer Auction Company

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Mercedes Mottek, Event Chair  & Roxanna Trinka Sponsorship Chair
Mercedes Mottek, Event Chair & Roxanna Trinka Sponsorship Chair


It was an exciting night at the Marriott Boca Raton, when the March of Dimes hosted a blue ribbon Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza, presented by sponsors Oster and Mr. Coffee.




The lively entertainment added to the enthusiasm of the guests as they tasted the wonderful creations provided by Celebrity Chefs and drank the fine wines served to compliment everyone’s taste. 




The live auction became so exciting and competitive, Auctioneer Neil Saffer had to get up on a chair to make sure no bid was overlooked.




A heartwarming speech was given by Linda Spielman, Marriott Boca Raton, about the birth of her son Richard, who was born 4 weeks premature and was with her tonight as a testimony of why March of Dimes is so important to continue ongoing fund raising efforts such as tonight’s event that contribute to the research and educational campaigns.  These funds provide the necessary funds needed to continue to help fight one of the leading causes of infant deaths.






Chef Chair Nick Morfogen Executive Chef/Partner at 32 East was  joined by Host Chef Esteban Arguedas of Absinthe and an exciting line up of the area's most renowned chefs including: Chef Brian Nelson of Abe & Louie’s, Chef Jon Howe of Benvenuto Caterestaurant and Brooks Restaurant, Chef Stan Blessing of Big City Tavern, Chef Roberto Aguilar of Cabana Nuevo Latino, Chef Zach Bell of Café Boulud Palm Beach, Chef Ernesto DeBlasi and Chef Brian Steele of Caffe Luna Rosa, Chef Jeff Peng of Coco Palm Beach, Chef Angelo Morinelli of Cucina D'Angelo, Chef Bruce Feingold of Dada Restaurant, Chef Pierre Viau of Devito South Beach Restaurant, Chef Silvio Schvan of Gaucho Rodizio, Chef Rich Garcia of Moquila Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Chef Melchisedec Corretjer of Morton's The Steakhouse, Chef Shawn Kleppe of Party Cakes by Shawn, Chef Anthony Pizzo of Pranzo, Chef Pasquale Lena Jr. of Ristorante Luna Rosa, Chef Ed M. Ueno of Saki Room, Chef Jamie Gulden of Set The Table, Chef Susie Stallings of Susie's Scrumptious Sweets Inc., and Chef Matthew Danalier of Vic and Angelo's Italian Enoteca.


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