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Flavors of Miami 2015

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by
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Flavors of Miami 2015Tuesday, July 28, 5:30pm-10pm – Loews Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The inaugural Flavors of Miami, presented by Miami Transplant Institute, a unique affiliation between Jackson Health System and UHelth – University of Miami Health System, was a gourmet culinary experience beyond the traditional gala. Guests savored Miami’s most exclusive restaurants, as top local chefs prepared five-course dinner table side together with wine pairings.

The evening started with silent auction and cocktail reception featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres by participating chefs. Mistress of Ceremonies was Nathalie Rodriguez, an on-air personality and the entertainment queen on MY 93.9 WMIA, while the welcoming note was delivered by Thomas Nealon, III, CEO and National Board Chairman, American Liver Foundation. Mr. Joe Arriola, Jackson Health System introduced the evening honoree Rodrigo Vianna, MD, PhD, Director, Miami Transplant Institute; Chief, Liver, Intestinal and Multivisceral Transplant; Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Jackson Health System.

Participating local chefs and their restaurants included: Honorary Host Chef Chairman, Chef Frederic Delaire of Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Honorary Chef Scott Linquist of Coyo Taco, Chef Nicole Votano of Fooq’s, Chef Jimmy Carey of Jimmy’z Kitchen, Chef Benjamin Murray of Azul at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Chef David Rustarazo of KLIMA, Chef William Milian of DECK sixteen, Chef Benjamin Goldman of Modern Garden, Chef Rod Chitikov of Devon Seafood & Steak, Chef Billy Devlin of Toscana Divino, Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos of Elcielo, Chef Alex Chang of Vagabond Restaurant & Bar, and Chef Cristian Cuevas of 50 Eggs & BTW.

Proceeds will benefit the American Liver Foundation’s efforts to help improve the lives of 30 million people in the U.S. living with liver disease. ALF is a non-profit organization which works to facilitate, advocate, and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver diseases.

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