21st Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

                 One of the area’s most popular food events featuring more than 12 top local chefs will return for its 21st year on Wednesday, November 7. Signature Chefs Auction presented by Goya® benefiting the March of Dimes begins at 6:30 p.m. at a one-of-a-kind venue, Paradise Plaza Event Space, in the Miami Design District.

                Signature Chefs Auction presented by Goya ® on Thursday, November 7 will include a stellar lineup of chefs from more than a dozen of the area’s most notorious restaurants, including Chef Karla Hoyos from The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Executive Chef Timon Balloo from Sugarcane, featured on Iron Chef Gauntlet Executive Chef Clark Bowen from Boulud Sud, Chef Fernando Desa from Goya®, Chefs Michael Beltran & Justin Flit from Ariete and Nave, Chef Benjamin Murray from Pao, Corporate Executive Pastry Chef Jessica Scott from Barton G, Chef Horacio Rivadero from Plant, Executive Pastry Chef Max Santiago, Food Network’s Best Baker in America, Azucar Ice Cream, Panther Coffee, Exquisito Chocolates, Miami’s first chocolate factory - with more Chefs and special performances revealed soon. The evening will include remarkable entertainment, a spirited live auction featuring many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and our very special Fund the Mission. 

                Culinary Chair, Chef Richard Hales of Bird & Bone expresses, “It is an honor to join the March of Dimes in its mission on such an exciting night, bringing my friends, the greatest chefs in Miami, together for one of the most amazing events of the year.”

                Funds raised by Signature Chefs Auction help support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Today, one in 10 babies in the United States is born premature, including one in 10 in Florida. March of Dimes is committed to working together to improve the health of every mom and baby. 

                "It is an honor to be the presenting sponsor of the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Event for the 7th consecutive year," shares Cynthia Chipi, marketing director of Goya Foods of Florida. "It is truly a wonderful event and our partnership helps provide awareness to the importance of the March of Dimes mission of preventing preterm labor, newborn health problems and infant mortality.”

                Sponsors of note include Presenting Sponsor Goya®, Gold Sponsor Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Silver Sponsors Wells Fargo and Centennial Bank, and Media Sponsors Brustman Carrino Public Relations, iHeartMedia, NBC6 and South Florida Luxury Guide.  Event partners include The Confidante Miami Beach, Bacardi, and Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.  

                VIP table host for the event is $3,000, and individual tickets for the event are $150 per person. For more information, visit signaturechefs.org/miami or contact the March of Dimes at (786) 918-9930 

Celebrations leading to November 7 are already underway.  Culinary Chair Chef Richard Hales and Event Chair Rebecca McCarron welcomed more than 60 sponsors, media partners, chefs, board members, and donors at The 1930s House at the VIP event on Thursday, September 27 hosted by The Confidante Miami Beach to kick-off this year’s Signature Chefs. Guests enjoyed the savory bites of Chef Hales’ restaurant The Bird & Bone while listening to the energetic sounds of The Dutchies and capped off with the sweet delights of Exquisito Chocolates. March of Dimes Miami Board of Directors Chairman Luis Arango thanked the lively group for attending, while prominent chefs from the area's outstanding restaurants shared what is to come with their tasting menu for the main event.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

About Goya®

Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; the combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings, and convenient preparation makes Goya products ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit www.goya.com.

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