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December 15, 2011 - 10th Annual Kids in Distress Benefit Dinner by Chef Dean James Max

Where: 3030 Ocean, Marriott Harbor Beach

When: December 15, 2011

Beneficiary: Kids in Distress

Host(s): Executive Chef Dean James Max

Libations: Jaysen Price, Southern Wine & Spirits; Ferrari Carano Winery;

Sponsors: Martin Marinov, EG Communications Group; Jaysen Price, Southern Wine & Spirits; Ferrari Carano Winery; Peter Jarvis, Triar Seafood; Jorge, Gary's Seafood; Brenden, Grand Weston; Hector, Fresh Point; SPECIAL GUEST CHEFS: Dean James Max, 3030 Ocean; Jeremy Ford, 3030 Ocean; Paula Dasilva, 1500, Miami Beach; Timon Balloo, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Miami; Jason Smith, Sterak 94, W Hotel; Lauren Deshields, 3800 Ocean, Palm Beach; Christian Capo, Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, Naples

Special Thanks: Lead bar man, Jason for the limenchello & Huma for the spice rub!

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino,

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

Chef Dean James Max held his 10th Annual Benefit Dinner for Kids In Distress at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. Max and his epicurean entourage of some of South Florida’s hottest chefs, each took a turn preparing a dish to make up a delectable five course dinner.   

The restaurant was festive and sparkled with holiday décor as guests mingled, sipped Champaign and tasted an array of passed canapés, prepared by 3800 Oceans, Lauren Deshields.  The night continued with 3030’s own, Jeremy Fords scrumptious snapper ceviche followed by Sugarcane Raw Bars, Timon Baloo’s dish of grouper and clam flumet that left palates dancing with delight.  

The dishes kept coming and guests kept indulging as Paula DaSilva of 1500, took to the stage with a ricotta agnolotti and homemade sausage dish that left guests raving into the late hours.  The last entrée was a tender beef short rib, seasoned to perfection by Jason Smith of Steak 954 and was followed by a rendition of black forest cake, expertly prepared by Christian Capo of the Ritz-Carlton.

Jim Boswell with Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery was on deck all evening and paired with perfection the wines to each course.  There was nothing overlooked; each wine captured the essence of its partnered dish and balanced beautifully so that guests could taste and smell every delicate note.

Proceeds from the ticket sales and well heeled silent auction benefit Kids In Distress (KID) of Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  The generosity of guests bidding in the silent auction alone exceeded $10,000.  “Chef Dean and the Marriott Harbor Beach have been supporting our organization for 10 wonderful years through this event. We are incredibly grateful for that kind of commitment, especially in today’s fluctuating times.” said KID Board Member, Mr. William C. Spencer.

About Kids In Distress:
KID is a community-supported agency dedicated to the care and treatment of abused children, the prevention of child abuse, and the preservation of the family.  KID is a leading force and authority in the treatment of abused children and a premier agency advocating for the development of children's services.

For more information on Chef Dean Max, contact Nicole Jackson at 3030 Ocean 954-765-3030.

For more information on Kids In Distress, contact
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