The March of Dimes exceeded its goal. Not only did they set a record for the Live Auction thanks to the generous chefs, they broke records with the Fund the Mission portion of the auction where guests raised their paddles to donate $50 or more. They raised more than $63,000 total!
The money benefits the March of Dimes research and programs for healthy babies.
Ariane Aramburo and I served as emcees. We tasted some delicious soups, entrees and desserts.
Many of the chefs who participated have personal stories about premature babies. The March of Dimes shared the stories of a few ambassador families who watched their preemies grow into strong productive young children and adults.
Chef Matt Knack from Croc’s 19th Street Bistro in Virginia Beach, won the Dish of Hampton Roads for his shrimp and grits and pork butt. He and his recipe will be featured as the cover story of the annual food issue of Hampton Roads Magazine in January.
Here are the other winners:
Best Booth – Eric Doarnberger, Atlantic Shores
People’s Choice – Scott Simpson, Founders Inn
Best Presentation – Kevin Chang, Zushi
Chef’s Choice – Eric Doarnberger, Atlantic Shores
Best Dessert – Leon Buenviaje, Smithfield Gourmet Bakery and Cafe
SOL Food – Mike Farrell, Still
Check out many more pictures of the chefs, the food, the guests and the auction on my Facebook page. If you missed it this year, come join us next year! You can still make a donation to the March of Dimes anytime and check out the activities it has planned throughout the year.