Since taking over hosting duties of Cleveland’s top two culinary fundraisers, Michael Symon has managed to progressively up the stock of each one. Those two events – Autism Speaks Chefs Gala and the Five Star Sensation – occur every other year, with just one of them taking place each summer.
This year the spotlight once again falls on Autism Speaks, a mega-fundraiser for autism research. The last installment, held in the atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art in August of 2014, was attended by 700 guests and raised more than $250,000. This year, the party moves to a new location, the Grand Ballroom of the Cleveland Convention Center. The date: Saturday, August 6.
Once again, Symon is enlisting the help of a high-powered friend. Celebrity chef and special guest Bobby Flay will join Symon on-stage for a live and interactive dinner preparation. High bidders will have the chance to join the chefs on stage for a very special dinner. Other silent auction prizes also will be available for purchase.
The rest of us will have to make do with food prepared by some of Cleveland’s top culinary talent. More than 20 chefs representing more than 40 restaurants will be offering specially prepared dishes for party goers. That long list of talent includes Tim Bando (Grove Hill), Jonathan Bennett (Moxie, Red), Dante Boccuzzi (Dante, DBA, Ginko, Dante Next Door), Derek Clayton (Michael Symon Restaurants), Douglas Katz (fire food and drink, Provenance), Matt Mytro and Paul Minnillo (Flour), Jonathon Sawyer (Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Trentina), Steve Schmoler (Crop Bistro), Karen Small (Flying Fig), Rocco Whalen (Fahrenheit) and Eric Williams (Momocho, El Carnicero), among many others.
Tickets start at $250 per person and include 2 drink tickets, complimentary valet parking, and tastings from the Cleveland chefs.
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