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Florida Hospital’s Gourmet Soiree with Food Network’s Chef Robert Irvine on June 5

Have you ever watched shows like Top Chef, Master Chef, Iron Chef and any other food contests with chef in the title and thought “I could do that”, maybe following a recipe, like one of these 8 Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes You Haven’t Tried Before. Well this weekend at the Florida Hospital Gourmet Soiree, you can!

On June 5th at Rosen Shingle Creek, Food Network’s Chef Robert Irvine will host over 70 of Central Florida’s top chefs as they compete for the coveted Gourmet Soiree Silver Fork Award.  Your ticket to the event qualifies you as their sous chef!

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Your table of 10 and assigned Chef will conceptualize a healthy dish from a pantry of ingredients provided by Whole Foods. A presentation plate will then be judged by four celebrity guest judges prior to being judged on taste by Robert Irvine himself.

I had an opportunity to participate in a sneak preview event that gave me a small taste, an amuse bouche, if you will, of the big night.13221615_10154067972262707_4698264850060514429_n

To sum it up, the experience was thrilling, exciting, educational, harder than it looks on tv, and so much more delicious too.

My small group was assigned to Chef Jose Gonzalez from Cuba Libre at Pointe Orlando and we were to prepare a dish using tofu. Chef wasted no time in delegating assignments. He gave us an overall plan and it was up to us to fetch the ingredients, prepare, cook and assemble.  What followed was the shortest 45 mins of my life and a retraction of my tofu dislike. We also handed out food to those in need and helped them fill out a food stamps application.

Our team created a BBQ tofu dish with an accompanying salad that won over the judges and secured our win against the other team’s chicken risotto.

When you attend the Florida Hospital Gourmet Soiree, not only will you have a good time, but you’ll be doing good as well.  The event will support Florida Hospital for Children’s vital Health and Wellness Initiatives – Community programs like Mission: fit Possible in our Central Florida Schools, CREATION U in surrounding churches, Dr. Angela Fals’ weight management program and the patient focused CREATION Kids Kamp — all teach children good eating habits and healthy life choices in fun, kid friendly ways.

For more information including tickets and pricing, visit http://fhgourmetsoiree.com.

ProTip: To get a sneak peek at the wonderful live and silent auction items, and register ahead of time, go to https://qtego.net/qlink/gourmetsoiree and download the Qtego app!

A Gift For Teaching’s Back-to-School Blast to be hosted by Mario Lopez

A playdate anytime with A Gift for Teaching?!

We’re THERE.

A nighttime playdate with delicious food, libations, entertainment and special guests including Mario Lopez, Chris Kirkpatrick, former Orlando Magic players Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, and Matt Austin from WKMG?

We’re TOTALLY in!

A Gift for Teaching Back to School Blast

With support from Wells Fargo and the Westgate Resorts Foundation, A Gift for Teaching’s Back to School Blast will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Rosen Shingle Creek, and will help 180,000 kids in need. A Gift for Teaching distributes $55,000 of free product daily, and you could imagine with so many in need, this goes really fast.

A Gift for Teaching’s Back to School Blast will have an old school (ha!) ‘playroom’ with oversized games for the kid in you, and a signature martini bar and a bunch of silent auction opportunities for your inner adult! “It’s the best party in town and an opportunity to share and celebrate everything AGFT has accomplished this year, as we look forward to goals we have for the next school year,”  said Marisa Worley, AGFT’s Director of Development.

I was never good at math but I have a healthy respect for its place in our world. (Yes, as I’ve learned, even Algebra serves a purpose!) Here’s a really easy equation that even I can remember:  (T+t) / (S + s) x (f) = AGFT.

Teachers + tools / Students + supplies x future = A Gift for Teaching!

(T)eachers need (t)ools to teach.

(S)tudents need (s)upplies to learn, especially in our fast growing, digital world.

Today’s kids will one day take the reigns and lead the way to our (f)uture…

Think of (A Gift for Teaching) as their catalyst.

…so I’m no John Nash, but you get the point.

 

Details: 

Where: Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32821

When: Saturday, April 18th from 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Attire: Your Cocktail Best!

Tickets: Click HERE to purchase. Individual tickets are $100 with open seating, Tables (reserved, seats up to 10) are $900. (Interested in becoming a sponsor? Information is HERE.)

Parking: Complimentary Self Parking. Valet available.

For more information, please visit www.agiftforteaching.org/events/blast.

 

On Facebook: facebook.com/AGiftForTeaching

On Twitter: @agift4teaching

On Instagram: @agiftforteaching/

Official Event Hashtag: #back2schoolbash

 

About A Gift For Teaching

A Gift For Teaching (AGFT) is Central Florida’s primary provider of free school supplies to teachers for their students in need, enabling them to succeed in school and life.  A nonprofit organization that serves 336 public schools in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, AGFT has distributed more than $87 million worth of school supplies – including essential classroom tools such as pencils, notebooks, glue, backpacks, art supplies and books –to local students in need since 1998.  http://www.agiftforteaching.org.