All night long 350 guests will enjoy an evening filled with gourmet treats, delightfully refreshing cocktails, dancing, a silent auction, and much more. Our event co-chairs will once again be two of the most influential and dedicated women in South Florida- both good witches of course-Gale Butler of AutoNation Inc. and Jen Klaassens of The Wasie Foundation.
Come celebrate with us the achievements of ARC Broward Culinary students as they showcase their work with some of South Florida’s best chefs. Join us in recognizing ARC Broward’s premier 2013 advocates and supporters, including the founders of the Traveling Plate, ARC Broward Culinary Institute’s underground supper club.
Chef Michelle Bernstein, Honorary Chair
Since exploding onto the national spotlight in the mid-1990s, 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.