Hope For Haiti InterContinental Miami hosts fundraiser featuring 15 celebrated chefs 3/11/10

Top chefs unite for an extravagant tasting fundraiser benefiting International Firefighters Assistance
RSVP: helpforhaiti@taraink.com

WHO/WHAT: InterContinental Miami and International Firefighters Assistance (IFA) along with some of the nation’s top chefs have joined forces to present “Chefs with a Purpose: Haiti.” The fundraiser, benefiting IFA’s efforts in Haiti, will be held on Thursday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and will feature various tasting stations, each offering a signature menu item by the host chef. The evening’s festivities will be hosted by Robert Hill, InterContinental Miami General Manager, and Lissette Gonzalez, CBS 4 News Weather Anchor, along with Chef Chairs Alex Feher, InterContinental Miami and Jan Jorgensen, Two Chefs.

Other nationally recognized chefs participating in the fundraising event include Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Talula; Cindy Hutson, Ortanique on the Mile; Clay Conley, Mandarin Oriental Miami; Douglas Sisk, Atlantis Paradise Hotel & Resort Bahamas; Jayaseelan Mariadoss, Indian Palate; Jeff O’Neil, Gibraltar at Grove Isle; Johnny Vinczencz, Johnny V; Jonathan Eismann, Pacific Time; Jonathan Wright, The Setai; Jorge Montes, Chef George Catering; Luis Padilla, Grill on the Alley; Malka Espinel, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale; Patrick Newman, InterContinental Austin; Peter Laufer, InterContinental Houston and Tim Andriola, Timo.

Along with a succulent array of culinary sensations, cocktails and champagne will be served compliments of Chopin Vodka, Chandon, Lapostolle and Terrazas de los Andes. Guests will enjoy music by DJ Joe Dert and have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction consisting of an impressive line-up of items such as a three-night stay at the Royal Towers of the Atlantis Resort Bahamas, a weekend getaway at Intercontinental Miami, wine and food pairing at Indigo, mySpa package, Johnny V tasting menu for two, private in-home cooking sessions with select participating chefs, Miami Heat premium tickets and a Dwyane Wade autographed plaque, among others. Additional sponsors include Bayfront Florals, Central Parking System, DECO Productions and PSAV Presentation Services.

Admission is granted at the door with a $50 donation, in which 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit International Firefighters Assistance and its current efforts in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. IFA’s mission is to provide education and training to firefighters and emergency rescue workers in underprivileged countries, thus far helping more than 75,000 victims of the disaster.

About Hotel InterContinental Miami
Owned and operated by InterContinental Hotel Groups, InterContinental Miami is a luxurious, accommodating hotel providing amenities for corporate travelers and vacationers. The InterContinental Miami is located at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL. For general inquiries, please call 305.577.1000. For reservations, please call 800.327.3005. For more information, please visit www.icmiamihotel.com.

About International Firefighters Assistance, Inc. (IFA)
Established in 2008, IFA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and training to firefighters and emergency rescue workers in underprivileged countries. One of IFA’s primary roles is to distribute donated firefighting, EMS, and public safety equipment to those countries in need. Many of these developing countries lack the necessary protective equipment and tools to support their local communities during an emergency and IFA is committed to providing them with the proper equipment. Through its relief programs, IFA hopes to strengthen local communities by assisting its citizens to better prepare for emergencies and disasters. Current efforts are focused in The Republic of Haiti in hope to bring awareness to the importance of public safety and help the people of Haiti to develop a safer and secure emergency response system.

WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 2010
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
*Complimentary valet parking

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