Nearly 50 guests enjoyed a gourmet four-course dinner prepared by celebrity chef Ben Robinson of Bravo’s hit television series, Below Deck, at this month’s Traveling Plate dinner, ARC Broward Culinary Institute’s premier underground supper club. The event took place on Monday, September 22 at Lauderdale Marine Center’s Captain’s Lounge. ARC Broward raised crucial funds which will help provide scholarships for students enrolled in its Entry Level Culinary Arts Program.

Known to devoted foodies as Fort Lauderdale’s most intriguing underground supper club, The Traveling Plate hosts gourmet dinners at the most unique, yet unassuming of venues across Broward County. Selling out in just minutes, tickets to the coveted Traveling Plate dinners have become a hot commodity in South Florida. he Traveling Plate is sponsored by PNC Bank and Premier Beverage Company and proceeds from each Traveling Plate dinner are used to fund scholarships for future student chefs who will attend the ARC Broward Culinary Institute. Using food as a tool to transform lives for adults with disabilities and other life challenges, the ARC Broward Culinary Institute provides job training opportunities for graduates of the Entry Level Culinary Arts Certificate Program. The ARC Broward Culinary Institute provides real-world training for its students through its catering services which offers competitively-priced catering for a variety of occasions, from weddings to business lunches.

Since its inception in January 2012, The Traveling Plate dinners have raised more than $50,000 in student scholarships. The Traveling Plate dinners also provide ARC Broward’s student chefs with a chance to work alongside guest chefs in preparing and serving the cuisine. The experience allows student chefs to demonstrate their skills to the area’s top chefs, often leading them to employment opportunities.

Chef Robinson has served as the head chef on some of the world’s most glamorous yachts for the past seven years and is permanently stationed in South Florida. Before moving to South Florida, he worked under Italian masters in Florence, Italy and gained an apprenticeship at a 3-Michelin Star restaurant. Guests of Monday’s Traveling Plate dinner were also delightfully surprised by the appearance of Chef Robinson’s co-star from Below Deck, Kate Chastain. Chastain serves as chief stewardess and works closely with Chef Robinson on the show, which is currently airing its second season.
Tickets to the events are $75 per person and include a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, a signature drink provided by Premier Beverage, and a multi-course dinner with wine served throughout the evening. Only a limited number of seats are available for each dinner.


The Tale of the Traveling Plate
The Traveling Plate concept was created by the ARC Broward Culinary Institute and came to fruition in February 2012 through a project of the Leadership Broward Foundation Class XXX. While the founding members represent various professional industries, they share one common infatuation – food! Through their love for gourmet food, they came together to bring a new audience of foodies to the ARC Broward Culinary Institute. For more information visit or

Incorporated in 1956, ARC Broward is a nationally accredited, private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing services to children and adults with autism, Down Syndrome, and other intellectual disABILITIES, as well as those with various life challenges. ARC Broward operates three social enterprises including the ARC Broward Learning Institute, ARC Broward Culinary Institute and ARC Broward Electronics Recycling Services and provides 22 programs in 8 locations across Broward County. By working hand in hand with families, guardians, businesses, civic organizations, and funders, encouragement and opportunities that create life-changing outcomes are provided so that people with disABILITIES and other challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities. To learn more or to donate visit or call 954-746-9400.