Great success was the #AppetiteForTheArches fundraising event benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida and I was honored to be part of it! The event took place at the Orlando World Center Marriott last night, where executives and the community held hands to support this great organization via the purchasing of the event tickets and a silent auction.
The event had the participation of top Orlando chefs including talented Chef Fonzo from Restaurant K, Chef Blake from The Rusty Spoon, James Beard Foundation nominee Chef Julie Petrakis from The Ravenous Pig, Chef Brian “Butta” from Orlando World Center Marriott, Chef Clay Miller from the Yarbird and Chef John Rivers presenting his new restaurant “The Coop”, among many other creative chefs from favorite restaurants like LUMA on the Park, Cask & Larder, Blue Bird Bake Shop, Eddie V’s, as well as chefs from The Ritz Carlton and Seaworld Parks and Resorts, that made this event so special. The sponsors for the event were McDonalds, Seaworld Parks and Resorts, Legoland Florida, Local 6 News, Coldwell Banker McDonalds Florida Region, BakerHostetler, Martin-Brower, and CliftonLarsenAllen. Not to mention all the guests that contributed with the purchasing of their ticket and the silent auction which included donors like Southwest Airlines, Orlando Museum of Art, LPGA, and The Atlanta Braves to mention a few.
The gourmet bites were crafted using McDonalds ingredients and the menu had a full range of different offerings. My top favorites were the so called YardBird with bacon, quail egg, green tomato and McGriddle cake; breakfast in a bite! Extraordinary creation by Chef Clay Miller.
And the Bang-Bang Arch Chicken a spicy thai noodle with pickled veggies, perfectly balanced and amazed with the attention to detail, those petite radishes were the bomb! Beautiful dish by Chef Brian “Butta” from Orlando World Center Marriott.
At the end of the party a memento that all guests attending Appetite for the Arches event received was a photo magnet as a keepsake to remember the great time.
Ronald McDonald Houses are a home away from home for families with seriously ill children. Each year, over 1,600 families stay at one of the two Ronald McDonald Houses in the Central Florida area. This houses are there to provide comfort and care. It is a place where families find hope and healing. And you can help keep families together when they need it most. via volunteer work or donation.
Thank you to all sponsors and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida for allowing us to be there supporting a great cause.