Appetite for the Arches is happening this March 5th at the Orlando World Center Marriott from 7:00pm-10: 00 pm. This event is a one of a kind event that gathers few of the best and finest Orlando chefs that will prepare fabulous gourmet dishes using McDonald’s ingredients.
This event for Appetite for the Arches benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida a place that is very close to our hearts as it helps families with children that have serious illnesses like cancer. The labor that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida does for our community and families in need is a commendable one, and they always need help via volunteering or helping raising funds.
Every year I help to raise awareness about this charity because families and children in need are of prime importance, and also because my own family has suffered from the devastating illnesses that cancer and leukemia are. I have had the honor to cook at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida kitchen and has been such a humbling experience.
Because of that this year I am supporting again this wonderful event called Appetite for the Arches. Last Monday I participated in the media preview where Chef Julie Petrakis, who owns The Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder and Swine & Sons Provisions along with her husband Chef James Petrakis presented a preview on what the special menu Appetite for the Arches will showcase for this year’s event.
Chef Kathleen Blake from The Rusty Spoon made a Red Devil Stuffed Eggs, Bacon Brittle, Oven-Dried Tomatoes. McDonald’s® ingredients used for this bite were: Bacon, Egg, and Grape Tomatoes.
Chef Kevin Fonzo from K Restaurant made a Chicken Tortilla Soup, with a Savory Biscuit Bread Pudding. McDonald’s® ingredients used by him were: Chicken Breast, Egg, Bacon, Biscuit, Grape Tomato, Jalapeño, White Onion Milk, Pepperjack Cheese, and Corn Tortillas.
Chef Rhys Gawlak from Cask & Larder prepared a Kale Gnocchi Carbonara. McDonald’s® Ingredients for this dish were: Canadian Bacon, Eggs, French Fries, White Onion, Spinach, Kale, Romaine, Parmesan Cheese, and English Muffins.
Chef Clayton Miller from forthcoming DoveCote made for us a Smoked Beef Tongue Reuben on a Crispy Potato and seasoned with Big Mac Sauce. McDonald’s® Ingredients he used were: Hash Browns, Lettuce, and Big Mac Sauce.
Chef Julie Petrakis from The Ravenous Pig closed the meal with a Cheesecake with Espresso Crumble, Strawberry-Frangelico Sauce, French Vanilla Syrup and Cream Cheese. McDonald’s® Ingredients she used were: Whole Eggs, Espresso Bean, Butter, Granola, and Oatmeal Cookies.
The bar offered a Russian Standard Vodka with Cucumber and Lemonade Soda. McDonald’s® Ingredients used: Cucumber and Lemon. And an Old Fashioned with Brown Butter Infused Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, Smoked Simple, and Orange Bitters. McDonald’s® Ingredients for this were: Simple Syrup and Butter.
This year’s Appetite for the Arches will also feature wines and will have the participation of other chefs and restaurants from the Orlando area. Including K Restaurant, The Rusty Spoon, DoveCote, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Hard Rock Orlando, Hamilton’s Kitchen at the Alfond Inn, LUMA on Park, Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, RusTeak, Spanish River Grill, Swine & Sons Provisions, The Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder Public House, 4Rivers and the talented chefs from the Orlando World Center Marriott.
This event is one of a kind and reunites the finest chefs and restaurants in the Orlando area. Attending this event will allow you to taste beautiful wines, refreshing cocktails, and delicious food and give you the opportunity to mingle with participating chefs and local food enthusiasts, enjoy live music, and a silent auction too.
I invite you to join the festivities by buying your tickets today. Admissions are now $150 per person until Thursday, February 4th. However, on Friday, February 5th, ticket prices will increase to $200 per person. Don’t miss the chance to help the families and enjoy a fabulous event. Buy tickets HERE.
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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida finds, creates, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families. The cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House®, provides temporary lodging, meals, and a network of support to families with children receiving medical treatment at local hospitals. There are two Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando— one on the campus of Florida Hospital for Children and one on the campus of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. A third Ronald McDonald House will open in Spring 2016 on the campus of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona.