Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sneak peek: Tastes from the Heart of Florida United Way Chef's Gala 2016

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 4:35 PM

click to enlarge A tasting of chocolate ganache by chef Amanda Lauder (The Ganachery)
  • A tasting of chocolate ganache by chef Amanda Lauder (The Ganachery)
Heart of Florida United Way hosts its 24th annual Chef's Gala May 21 at Epcot World Showplace. It's United Way's largest fundraiser, with proceeds going to support education, income, health and basic needs for more than 400,000 people.

We got a sneak peek this past Wednesday into some of the fare that will be offered at the Chef's Gala. The dishes were prepared by chefs Mariano Vegel (Primo at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes), Jared Gross (Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando), Nicolas Lebas (Bull & Bear) and Amanda Lauder (The Ganachery).

click to enlarge Syrah wine braised beef short rib, Yukon Gold mashed potato (Lebas)
  • Syrah wine braised beef short rib, Yukon Gold mashed potato (Lebas)
click to enlarge Peekytoe crab salad on a gougère, lemon and smoked paprika aioli, shallots, root vegetable chips (Vegel)
  • Peekytoe crab salad on a gougère, lemon and smoked paprika aioli, shallots, root vegetable chips (Vegel)
click to enlarge Loch Duart salmon, Meyer lemon aioli, green apple avocado toast, hot pepper jelly (Gross)
  • Loch Duart salmon, Meyer lemon aioli, green apple avocado toast, hot pepper jelly (Gross)
click to enlarge Wines
  • Wines
click to enlarge From L-R: Gross, Lebas, former Surgeon-General and event co-chair Dr. Antonia Novello, event co-chair John Pisan, Vegel
  • From L-R: Gross, Lebas, former Surgeon-General and event co-chair Dr. Antonia Novello, event co-chair John Pisan, Vegel

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