The chefs are ready with recipes that reflect their culinary skill and unique, personal style. The list of items for auction has never been more appealing. This year’s March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction will be a special celebration of the organization’s 75 years of contributions to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
“The event will focus on honoring the March of Dimes’ past, present and future. We plan to have iconic era photos throughout the event space to tell the story of our history,” State Director Kathryn Marshall says. “There will also be messages about how the March of Dimes is currently working in the community, as well as our goals for the future to educate attendees about how they can be a part of our future.”
Time to Party
The evening begins at 6:00 p.m., with chef tastings and a silent auction. Daniel Asher, executive operations chef for Root Down and its sister restaurant, Linger, will offer a variety of signature
servings rooted in the eateries’ globally influenced cuisine that showcases flavorful combinations of distinctive ingredients and locally farmed, seasonal produce. Executive Chef Scott Skomal from 15Fifty Restaurant brings his establishment’s “American with an Urban Flair” good taste to the party. Likewise, Pete List will prepare artful variations on “Rustic-American” dishes fashioned from simple ingredients that you might find on the menu at Denver’s popular Beatrice and Woodsley, where he serves as executive chef. If something smoky and down-home sounds good, Jameson Vasquez and Vic Matthews from Southern Hospitality will offer BBQ favorites. These are just a few of the chefs who will tempt guests with their creative flair and distinctive twists on selections ranging from seared scallops to pulled pork, to beet latkes, bread pudding and everything in between.
“I really enjoy doing the March of Dimes Signature Chef event because it gives me a chance to give back by donating my time,” says Beatrice and Woodsley’s List. “We usually put together two to three small tastes for the guests. It’s fun for me and for our staff to be away from the restaurant for a night and to see and to sample what the other participating signature chefs prepare, which we rarely have a chance to do. It’s all for a great cause and always an entertaining evening.”
Make a Bid
The auction segment of this year’s event will have guests vying for exciting, delicious, memory-making opportunities. College football fans can compete to win tickets for the 2014 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. A little Southern California sunshine and some family time with Mickey and Minnie makes Disneyland a great vacation destination to bid on. The theme park now features two new lands: Buena Vista Street and Cars Land. Exquisite jewelry will be offered. Signed Avalanche memorabilia will appeal to hockey enthusiasts, and golf packages include fabulous courses to conquer. These, as well as one-of-a-kind culinary experiences from the evening’s signature chefs, are only some of the incredible auction offerings that will go to the highest bidders.
Support for the Cause
“Our Signature Chef event is unlike most events of its kind, because we bring in the top chefs in the community and provide fabulous auction items and an atmosphere for guests to socialize and network. The event is important to the chapter because it provides a venue for us to be able to talk about our mission and the future of our organization,” Marshall notes. “To achieve our mission, we fund research, community services, education and advocacy. Thanks to collaborative efforts, Colorado’s preterm birth rate has improved by 16 percent since 2006, sparing nearly 5,000 babies and resulting in an estimated savings of over $142 million in healthcare costs. In Colorado, 85 cents of every dollar raised funds mission programs. Thanks to the financial support received from events like our Signature Chefs Auctions, the March of Dimes is able to continue to grow programs and serve families across Colorado.”
Many children suffer lifelong consequences of being born too soon. Research to identify causes and formulate prevention strategies is a top priority. “Also important to note, March of Dimes is funding interventions and quality improvement initiatives to improve outcomes for babies born prematurely and is also working with the Colorado Hospital Association, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other partners to reduce the number of non-medically indicated inductions and deliveries that occur before 39 weeks of pregnancy,” Marshall adds.
With live music, food prepared by some of the finest chefs in Denver and an exciting array of items to be auctioned in support of an exceptional mission, the March of Dimes 2013 Signature Chef Auction is one of the most important and enjoyable evenings on Denver’s annual calendar. Colorado Expression is proud to be the media sponsor for this event.