ARC Broward’s Delish 2016 Presented by PNC Bank Raises More Than $180,000 to Support Services for Individuals with Disabilities and Life Challenges

ARC Broward’s Delish 2016,  presented by PNC Bank, raised more than $180,000 for ARC Broward’s programs including the ARC Broward Culinary Institute, which provides culinary training and job placement assistance for people with disabilities and life challenges. More than 400 guests enjoyed a South Florida Culinary Tour featuring the top restaurants in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.

Guests enjoyed an evening of gourmet treats, refreshing cocktails, a silent auction and the eclectic art collection at The Gallery of Amazing Things. Attendees also had the opportunity to select the winning dish by casting their votes via their mobile devices. The event was emceed by WSVN Channel 7 Bite with Belkys, BelkysNerey and event chairs included Heather Geronemus of Ultimate Software and Steve Fuino of PNC Bank.All proceeds from the event will support critically-needed services for children and adults with disabilities and those with various other life challenges.

The winning chefs includedChef Venoy Rogers III of Essensia at the Palms Hotel for winning “2016 Best South Florida Chef Mayersohn Family Award” and Chef Adrienne Grenier from 3030 Ocean for winning “Fan Favorite”.

ARC Broward’s Student Chef of the Year award was presented to ARC Broward graduate, Lexi Cantore for her passion for the culinary arts, perseverance and excellent performance she displayed while completing ARC Broward’s Entry Level Culinary Arts Certificate Program over the past year.

This year Delish partnered with eight South Florida restaurants and executive chefs that created pop-up versions of their restaurants in the Gallery of Amazing Things on Thursday, April 14th. Chef Lauren DeShields of Market 17, Chef MichaelColetti of Sunny’s at The Hall on South Beach, Chef Philip Darmon of Hardy Park Bistro, Chef Adrienne Grenier of 3030 Ocean, Chef Toby Joseph of Wild Sea Oyster Bar, Chef Venoy Rogers of Essensia at The Palms Hotel & Spa, Chef Robyn Almodovar of Palate Party, and Chef OdelArencibia of Season’s 52 Coral Gables partnered with ARC Broward Culinary Institute students to provide guests with a taste of South Florida. Riverside Market joined the event to provide a custom beer garden, in addition to William Hill and New Amsterdam who provided the bar for the evening. VIP ticket holders also enjoyed a reception featuring delicious bites from Adena Grill and LaMarca Prosecco.

In addition to presenting sponsor PNC Bank, partners included AutoNation, Publix Supermarket Charities, Ultimate Software, Greenspoon Marder, City Furniture, Tim Singer and Associates, Gold Coast Magazine, Mad Studios, WBS Technologies, Vedgee, Moss and Associates, Front of House, Roetzel and the Mayersohn Family, Bank of America, Tripp Scott, Marsh and McLennan, RSM US LLP, Holland and Knight, Channel 7 News, Breakthru Beverage, Berger Singerman, The Eppy Group, Adena Grill, Season’s 52 Coral Gables, 3030 Ocean, Market 17, Hardy Park Bistro, Sunny’s, Essensia Restaurant and Lounge, Wild Sea Oyster Bar, Riverside Market, Palate Party, Crepe Maker, Hoffman’s Chocolate, Urban Desserts, AFR Furniture Rental and Event Furniture, La Croix, William Hill, New Amsterdam and La Marca Prosecco.

Student Chef Sponsors include Gary L. Arenson, Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, Broward Health, C and F Electric, Carolyn Davis and Ned Black, DoumarAllsworth, Cheryl Duke, Children of America, Eaton Financial Group, Holy Cross, Marti and Wayne Huizenga, Alice and Mike Jackson, The Massey Family, Matrix Health, Albert and Beatriz Miniaci, Maria Miniaci, Chad Moss and Cheryl Seinfeld, Cindy Reilly of Title Partners of South Florida Inc., Nova Southeastern University, Stonegate Bank, Walgreens  and Zimmerman Advertising

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Since 1956, ARC Broward has worked hand-in-hand with the community to provide the encouragement and opportunities that create life-challenging outcomes so that people with disabilities and other life challenges can live, work, and play in their communities. ARC Broward operates at nine locations and provides 21 programs throughout Broward County, FL. These include ARC Broward’s mission based enterprises that provide training and employment opportunities for individuals served while generating revenue to help fund services. To learn more or to donate or call 954-746-9400.