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Food Community Raises Money For Sandy [Art Institute Of Tampa, South Beach Wine & Food Festival]

Posted Nov 28, 2012 by Jeff Houck

Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 09:17 AM

Art Institute of Tampa

Chef Michael Lynch at the Art Institute of Tampa says the school’s culinary students are presenting a fundraiser for the Hurricane Sandy victims from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the the atrium of the campus building at 4401 N. Himes, Suite 150, Tampa

The New Orleans-themed chow-down will feature chicken sausage and tasso gumbo, red beans and rice, muffuletta sandwiches and King Cake.

All items will sell for only $2 each. Proceeds go to the Red Cross. The public is invited.

For more information, call (813) 873-2112 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Diamond Dishes at Marlins Park

Another Sandy-related event recently announced: The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival has added a benefit to its 2013 program to benefit hurricane victims.

On Feb. 23, several of the nation’s top female chefs will serve at Miami’s Marlins Park for Creekstone Farms presents “Delta Diamond Dishes: A League of Their Own” to support the hurricane relief efforts of the Mayor’s Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief and the Food Bank For New York City.

I went to the inaugural Diamond Dishes last year at Marlins Park and it was a spectacularly glamorous event. Martha Stewart even dropped by to eat her way from base to base and pose for photos with Marlins players.

The walk-around-the-bases dinner will take place on the field at Marlins Park. The evening will begin in The Clevelander where Julie Loria, wife of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria,  will host a cocktail reception featuring bites from her debut cookbook.  Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson will select wines to accompany dishes from chefs, who will include:

Diamond Dishes at Marlins Park

Michelle Bernstein, chef/owner of Michy’s in Miami (pictured above)

Stephanie Izard, chef/owner of Girl and the Goat in Chicago.

April Bloomfield, chef/owner of The Spotted Pig in New York City

Naomi Pomeroy, chef/owner of Beast in Portland, Ore.

Additionally, Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be serving dessert in one of the baseball park’s dugout

The event in February will also feature a silent auction with exclusive travel packages from Delta to help raise additional funds for the organizations. 

Diamond Dishes at Marlins Park

It’s the second time the festival has aided natural disaster recovery efforts.  In 2010 a dinner at the Miami Haitian restaurant Tap Tap raised money for earthquake relief in Haiti. Celebrity chefs Daniel Boulud, Masaharu Morimoto and Kris Wessel participated in the event.

Tickets to the Marlins Park event are available at

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