FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Top Chefs from Washington, D.C. Area to Lend Culinary Skills
at 14th Annual St. Jude Gourmet Gala
WASHINGTON – January 17, 2012 – Preparations are underway for the 14th annual St. Jude Gourmet Gala presented by The Heisley Family Foundation on Feb. 21 in Washington, D.C. The gala is guaranteed to satisfy the savviest of palettes while raising support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Led by Honorary Chair and Chef Geoff Tracy, more than 40 top chefs from the area’s finest restaurants will lend their culinary skills to create a memorable experience for more than 750 business, financial and political leaders.
“It’s an honor to share our talents at an event that will help St. Jude find answers to save the lives of countless children,” said Tracy. “On a lighter note, the gala presents the perfect setting for collaboration among some of the industry’s best and a friendly competition to produce the perfect dish.
Attendees will vote for their favorite dish of the evening to determine which chef is the winner of the Taster’s Choice Award. Last year’s award recipient was Chef Scott Drewno from The Source by Wolfgang Puck who prepared spicy tuna tartare-filled sesame miso cones with shaved bonito and tobiko. Additionally, guests may choose to participate in live and silent auctions, featuring items such as a trip to Memphis to tour St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
To date, the St. Jude Gourmet Gala has raised approximately $3 million for the hospital, which opened its doors 50 years ago. St. Jude relies primarily on the public’s generosity to support its lifesaving mission. It costs $1.7 million to operate the hospital every day, with more than 75 percent of that funding coming from the public through fundraising events like the Gourmet Gala. And in keeping with its mission, families never pay St. Jude for anything. St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, travel, lodging and food for each patient and a family member.
The following D.C. area restaurants will present delicious tastings at the 14th annual St. Jude Gourmet Gala:
BGR The Burger Joint
Blue Duck Tavern
Capital Grille of Washington DC
Charlie Palmer Steak
Hank’s Oyster Bar
KAZ Sushi Bistro
Lima Restaurant & Lounge
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Michel by Michel Richard
Michel Richard Citronelle
Potomac’s Founding Fathers
Ronald Reagan Building – Intl. Trade Center
Santa Lucia Estate Coffee
Taberna del Alabardero
The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Tickets for this year’s Gourmet Gala are now on sale for $350 per ticket or $3,500 for a table of 10 (all tickets are tax-deductable). Corporate sponsorships are also available, starting at just $2,500, with ads starting at $250 for a tax-deductable donation. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, contact Daniela Romero at (800) 336-3083 or visit http://www.stjude.org/gourmetgala.
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About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, visit http://www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
Ann Marie Tropiano
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Mid-Atlantic Regional Office