Heart of Florida United Way 22nd Annual Chef’s Gala (Media Preview)

Slow-braised Pork Shank on Parmesan Grits! Photo by @JenVargas

A Top 5 Gala for 2014 here in Central Florida!  Some photos by our very own @JenVargas!

 

Media preview of 22nd Annual #ChefGala benefitting @HFUW! Photos by @JenVargas

Media preview of 22nd Annual #ChefGala benefitting @HFUW! Photos by @JenVargas

Recognized as the region’s premier food and wine-pairing event, Heart of Florida United Way Chef’s Gala on May 10 features exquisite cuisine from more than 20 of Central Florida’s top chefs, along with thoughtfully paired fine wines, live music and a silent auction. Chef’s Gala is historically United Way’s largest fundraiser for education, income, health and basic needs programs, which serve thousands of Central Floridians in dire need. 

Epcot® World Showplace WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort  

 6:45 p.m.: Silent Auction, Sparkling Wine and Martini Bar Reception 7:30-10 p.m.: Main Event

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President & CEO of Heart of Florida United  Way Robert H “Bob” Brown invites you out to #ChefsGala! via Instagram by @JenVargas

Slow-braised Pork Shank on Parmesan Grits! Photo by @JenVargas

Slow-braised Pork Shank on Parmesan Grits! Photo by @JenVargas

From Primo @JW_Marriott: Poached Maine Lobster Roll on a Truffled Brioche Garlic Aioli, Primo Garden Chives, Crispy Buttermilk & Malt Vinegar Marinated Shallots. Photo by @JenVargas

From Primo @JW_Marriott: Poached Maine Lobster Roll on a Truffled Brioche Garlic Aioli, Primo Garden Chives, Crispy Buttermilk & Malt Vinegar Marinated Shallots. Photo by @JenVargas

Banana-Toffee Mousse on Cocoa Crunch w/ Strawberry-Banana Pearls from @DisneyParks' Chef Born. Photo by @JenVargas

Banana-Toffee Mousse on Cocoa Crunch w/ Strawberry-Banana Pearls from @DisneyParks’ Chef Born. Photo by @JenVargas

Also from @DisneyParks' Chef Born, a Milk Chocolate Crémeux w/ Mojito Concoction on Almond Rocher. Photo by @JenVargas

Also from @DisneyParks’ Chef Born, a Milk Chocolate Crémeux w/ Mojito Concoction on Almond Rocher. Photo by @JenVargas

Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services charity and the largest provider of funds to the region’s most critical health and human service programs.  Last year it raised and managed $25.3 million throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.  HFUW is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, health and safety.  It also operates United Way 2-1-1, Central Florida’s community crisis and suicide hotline and information and referral helpline; a Volunteer Resource Center; a Gifts In Kind Center; a Stewardship program that works with agencies to provide emergency assistance; and the Ryan White Part B program, which administers more than $2 million to provide HIV/AIDS services and referrals.  HFUW impacts more people annually than any charity operating in the tri-county area and partners with local businesses, government, other charities and individuals to increase awareness of local health and human service issues and to inspire hope, provide options and create possibilities for people in need. In 2011, HFUW was awarded Charity Navigator’s highest “Four-Star Rating” for exceeding industry standards in fiscal management and outperforming other charities in its area of focus.  Visit www.hfuw.org

(Tickets are still available! )