ARC Broward’s “Delish 2014 – FIRE & ICE” Presented by The Wasie Foundation

Natalie Horowitz
January 6, 2014

Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein Returns as Honorary Chair and Judge

ARC Broward, a not-for-profit human services organization dedicated to providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, hosts its third annual superb fundraising event—Delish 2014, presented by The Wasie Foundation. The event will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Nationally renowned celebrity chef, Michelle Bernstein, returns as honorary chair of this year’s event which celebrates the success of the ARC Broward Culinary Institute.
This is the second year that Chef Bernstein will be judging the event’s cooking stations which showcase the culinary creations of ARC Broward’s graduates. This year’s Delish theme, “Fire & Ice,” will feature a faceoff between two of nature’s strongest elements and allow battling chefs to experiment with different techniques to make the perfect hot and cold culinary experiences. All proceeds from the event will support critically-needed services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and those with various other life challenges.
“It is an honor to be part of such a fabulous event for an incredible cause. I truly believe in the ARC Broward Culinary Institute’s mission of using food as a tool to transform lives, and the food that the students are creating is top-notch,” said Chef Michelle Bernstein.
Guests will enjoy an evening of gourmet treats, refreshing cocktails, dancing, live entertainment, a silent auction, amazing Fort Lauderdale Beach views and much more. Attendees will also have the chance to judge competing food stations comprised of culinary delicacies created by ARC Broward Culinary Institute student chefs paired with chefs of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Jen Klaassens, vice president of programs for The Wasie Foundation, and Heather Geronemus, public relations specialist for Ultimate Software are the event co-chairs.
In addition to judging the culinary stations and selecting an official winning chef team, Chef Bernstein will also present the ARC Broward Culinary Institute Student Chef of the Year, “Michy’s Best” Award to Ashley Guzman.
The ARC Broward Culinary Institute offers a food service training certificate program for individuals with developmental disabilities and those with other life challenges. The ARC Broward Culinary Institute also includes a nonprofit catering service for students to obtain real world on-the-job training. Revenues generated from the catering services directly support job training, placement and student scholarships.
Delish sponsors include:  The Wasie Foundation, Stolichnaya Vodka, AutoNation, Roetzel and Andres, Tim Singer and Associates, OK Generators, Ultimate Software, Allied Kitchen and Bath, Lifestyle Publications, Marsh & McLennan Agency | Seitlin, PNC Bank, Broward Health, Bank of America, Vedgee, Doumar Allsworth Laystrom Voigt Wachs Adair & Bosack, LLP, Ken & Bernadette Gregson, UBS, Smart LED Concepts, Nova Southeastern University, Gary Arenson, City Furniture, Community Bank of Broward, Cymbal Development, Downtown Photo, Events by Vento Designs, Exults Internet Marketing, Green Mountain Coffee, Greenspoon Marder, Hoffman’s Chocolates, Iberia Bank, Keiser University, MBAF, Steve and Diana Pattison, Phoenix Package Logistics, Polaroid Fotobar, Publix Super Markets, Inc., the Rosenbloom Family and Udder Sweets. 
Tickets to attend Delish 2014: Fire and Ice are $125.00 per person. VIP Poolside Cabanas are also available starting at $7,500 – only four are available. Other sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $1,000. For more information on sponsorships and to purchase tickets, please contact Jessica Kersey at, (954) 746-9400 or visit
Incorporated in 1956, ARC Broward is a nationally accredited, private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities, as well as those with various other life challenges. ARC Broward operates three “mission-based” enterprises including the ARC Broward Learning Institute, ARC Broward Culinary Institute and ARC Broward Electronics Recycling Services and provides services through 21 programs in 10 locations across Broward County. By working hand in hand with families, guardians, businesses, civic organizations, donors and funders, encouragement and opportunities that create life-changing outcomes are provided so that people with developmental disabilities and other challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities. To learn more or to donate visit or call 954-746-9400. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Chef Michelle Bernstein
Since exploding onto the national spotlight in the mid 1990’s, Chef Michelle Bernstein has remained one of the region’s most well-respected and successful chefs/restaurateurs. A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, this passionate master chef has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun. “My food isn’t heavy handed or unnecessarily complicated,” says Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008). “You don’t need heavy handed technique and over the top presentations to make a dish work. It’s about amazing ingredients, layered flavors and simplicity. My style of cooking is inspired by my own food memories and it’s the simple, soulful cooking that stays that I remember from my travels. I cook the food I love and I think that love translates to the diners.” These days, Bernstein is busier than ever. Beyond successful restaurants, Michy’s and Crumb on Parchment, and her own family (she and husband/partner David Martinez recently became parents), Bernstein dedicates time to Common Threads an after-school program for underprivileged kids. She regularly appears on an array of national TV shows, from Top Chef to Good Morning America. In addition, she is part of the Lexus Culinary Masters, a brand ambassador for Crisco, and is a member of the Macy’s Culinary Council and the LEAN CUISINE® Culinary Roundtable.
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