This year will be the 19th that the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction has showcased outstanding chefs and their creations in the Hampton Roads VA area.
The event takes place this Sunday, November 4th, 2012 from 5 until 9 p.m. at The
The Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center, (formerly the Kingsmill Marriott)
The tasting event has been a highlight for folks who want to enjoy an evening out, dine on an assortment of dishes, and help a great cause in the meantime.
It’s a fun-raiser of sorts, because participants get to enjoy outstanding chef creations and funds and awareness are raised for the March of Dimes of Greater Hampton Roads in an effort to meet its mission of preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
A number of awards are given, including The Dish of Hampton Roads, presented at the fundraiser to a chef creation that captures the unique regional flavor of Hampton Roads through ingredients, preparation and/or imagination. The Dish of Hampton Roads is featured in the food-themed issue each January in Hampton Roads Magazine.
The annual fundraiser features silent and live auctions, entertainment, food and wine. Doors open at 5 p.m., and guests will be able to sample signature by many of the area’s best chefs.
The lineup includes: Denis Calinan, William & Mary Catering; Richard Carr, Berrett’s Seafood and Riverwalk Landing; Kenny Sloane, Fin Seafood; Mary K. Rivers, Vintner’ Cellar Winery of Yorktown; Chun Felix, Opus 9 Steak House; Kelvin Moore, The Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center; Chad Martin, Create Bistro and Circa 1918 Kitchen + Bar; Mark Florimonte, Kingsmill Resort & Spa; Kyle Fowlkes, Embassy Suites Hampton Roads Hotel, Spa & Convention Center; and Damen Teretick, County Grill & Smokehouse.
Tickets are $80 single, $150 couple/. You can buy them at the door or order them in advance by calling 757-383-8821.
The March of Dimes mission
Funds generated from the Signature Chefs Auctions—through ticket sales, live auction, silent auction and donations—are used by the Greater Hampton Roads March of Dimes to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
This year’s event on Oct. 17 at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach hopes to raise $57,000 for March of Dimes.
Susan Smith, executive director of the local chapter, says the funds are needed now more than ever; in the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect about every four minutes, she notes. In an average week in Virginia:
- 1,999 babies will be born
- 242 babies will be born pre-term
- 165 babies will be born with low birth weight
- 15 babies will die before reaching their first birthday
In 2004, birth defects accounted for about one in five infant deaths in Virginia; that same year, about one in 30 infants were born to a mother who either received late or no prenatal care at all.
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Participating Chefs for 2012
|Executive Chef Denis Calinan||William & Mary Catering|
|Executive Chef Richard Carr||Berrett’s Seafood/Riverwalk Landing|
|Executive Chef/Owner Kenny Sloane||Fin Seafood|
|Executive Chef Mary K. Rivers||Vintner’ Cellar Winery of Yorktown|
|Executive Chef Chun Felix||Opus 9 Steak House|
|Executive Chef Kelvin Moore||The Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center|
|Executive Chef/Owner Chad Martin||Create Bistro and Circa 1918 Kitchen + Bar|
|Executive Chef Mark Florimonte||Kingsmill Resort & Spa|
|Executive Chef Kyle Fowlkes||Embassy Suites Hampton Roads Hotel, Spa & Convention Center|
|Executive Chef Damen Teretick||County Grill & Smokehouse|