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2nd Annual Appetite for the Arches returns March 7th

By: @jenvargas

Appetite for the Arches 2015

A unique culinary gala kicked off last year in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida called Appetite for the Arches. This event invites local area restaurants like Cask & Larder and 4 Rivers Smokehouse to make signature dishes… using only McDonald’s menu items! It’s a  We were invited to attend the inaugural gala, and had a great time sampling the results and supporting the cause! This year will be even BIGGER!

We spoke with Appetite for the Arches Event Chair, Barbara Drahl, about what to expect at this year’s event, and while she wasn’t ‘dishing’ too many details, she was excited to share a little of what’s in store. “We’re doubling the size of the event, and we’ll have six more chefs than last year,” Drahl shares. “It’s going to be a big, fun party for a really great cause. All the funds raised are going to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida to keep children, their parents and their families close when they’re going through a medical crisis.

Participating this year are the following local restaurants:

  • *4 Rivers Smokehouse
  • Blue Bird Bake Shop
  • *Cask & Larder
  • Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
  • Cuisiniers Catering
  • Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
  • Funky Monkey Wine Co.
  • Hamilton’s Kitchen
  • *K Restaurant
  • Kabooki Sushi
  • LUMA on Park
  • Orlando World Center Marriott
  • Paxia Modern Mexican & Tequila Lounge
  • Pig Floyd’s
  • SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando
  • *The Ravenous Pig
  • The Rusty Spoon
  • The Smiling Bison
  • Txokos Basque Kitchen
  • Yardbird

Last night we sampled dishes from *four of the nineteen participating restaurants and are still blown away by the ingenuity of these culinary creations! Here’s one of them from Cask and Larder’s Chef Petrakis…

Through February 6th, individual tickets cost $200, with a slight increase to $250 on February 7. (FYI: tickets have been available since November 1, 2014 on the gala’s website). Click here to purchase tickets for yourself or your company!

Orlando World Center Marriott is also offering a discounted room rate of $154/night for those guests who wish to stay overnight. (Interested parties may book a room here.)

For more information about Appetite for the Arches gala, visit www.appetiteforthearches.org.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @RMHCCF with hashtag #AppetiteOrlando, and on facebook.com/rmhorlando.