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Cooking for a Cause - Alabama Tornado Victims

Cooking for a Cause:  100 Percent of Proceeds from Chefs to the Rescue to Benefit Alabama Tornado Victims


AUBURN, AL (May 20, 2011) – On Wednesday, June 1st, chefs from Auburn, AL and restaurants across the United States, in partnership with Auburn University, will band together for a night of delicious culinary creations and a great cause.  Chefs to the Rescue will benefit the Auburn Family All-In Relief Fund that provides financial support to the victims of the April 27th tornadoes that touched down in Tuscaloosa, Dadeville, and across the state of Alabama.  The event will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University.  Ticket prices are $100 per person for the event and $1,000 per person for the VIP “Meet the Chefs Reception” that will take place in the hotel’s Terrace Room after the event.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Auburn Family All-In Relief Fund.  Tickets will go on sale on May 16th.  For details on how to purchase tickets, please visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AUChefstotheRescue.   


“The concept of Chefs to the Rescue came naturally after seeing the devastation the tornadoes had left across the sate,” said Hans van der Reijden, Managing Director of The Hotel at Auburn University.  “The culinary talents of this town and from around the country decided to do what we do best – gather a group of friends and colleagues together to cook amazing food and provide support and comfort to those in need.  We can do so much more working collectively than working separately. ”


Chefs to the Rescue will feature a meet and taste with more than a dozen talented chefs whose creations will be paired with beer and wine donated from breweries and wineries from all over the United States.  Individuals who purchase tickets for the VIP “Meet the Chefs Reception” will enjoy one-on-one time with some of the top culinary talents in the country after the event concludes.


The following esteemed chefs will be participating in Chefs to the Rescue:

Local Chefs

Andrew Litherland – Ariccia, The Hotel at Auburn University, Auburn, AL

David Bancroft – Amsterdam Cafe, Auburn, AL

Graham Hage – Zazu, Auburn, AL

John Hamme – Maestro, Auburn, AL

Leonardo Maurelli – The Hotel at Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Miguel Figueroa – Ariccia, The Hotel at Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Rob McDaniel – Spring House, Alexander City, AL


National Chefs

Alan Baltazar – Cuvee Bistro, Destin, FL

Brian Taylor – Culinard Culinary Arts Institute of Virginia College, Birmingham, AL

Cameron Thompson – Two Urban Licks, Atlanta, GA

Chris Hastings – Hot & Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL

Dallas Kee – The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

James Mullaney C.e.p.c – Atlanta International Foods, Atlanta, GA

James Riles – Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, Montgomery, AL

Julio Delgado – The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

Ken Duenas – Café Thirty-A, Seagrove, FL

Kevin Sbraga – 2010 Top Chef Winner, Washington D.C.

M. Bertozzi – Two Urban Licks, Atlanta, GA

Michael Schwartz – Michaels Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, FL & Grand Cayman

Peter Zampaglione – The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, Atlanta. GA

Tasia Malakasis – Belle Chévre, Elkmont, AL

Tim Creehan – Cuvee Bistro, Destin, FL


Wineries & Breweries:


Amizetta Estate Winery


Cannon Wines


Domaine St. George Winery

Duval-Le Roy


Foley Family Wines

Hall Winery

LaMarca Prosecco

Louis M. Martini Winery

Miura Vineyards


Mt. Washington Wine Co.

Pure Argentina

Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Shooting Star

Talbott Vineyards

Trinchero Family Estates


Vino del Sol



Back Forty Brewery

Blue Pants Brewery

Sweet Water Brewing Company

Tall Grass Brewing Co.

Yellowhammer Brewery


Event Sponsors: 

Atlanta Foods International

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef

Four Star Music

Grow Alabama

Kelley Foods

NAI Brannen Goddard

Opelika-Auburn News

Special Arrangements


US Food Service

White Oak Pastures

Women’s Philanthropy Board


For additional information about Chefs to the Rescue, please visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AUChefstotheRescue or call Mike Clardy at (334) 844-9996.


About Auburn University:

Auburn University has provided instruction, research and outreach to benefit the state and nation for more than 155 years, and is among a distinctive group of universities designated as Land, Sea, and Space Grant institutions. Auburn makes a nearly $5 billion economic contribution to the state each year, has more than 250,000 graduates and provides 140 degree programs to more than 25,000 graduate and undergraduate students.  For additional information, please visit www.auburn.edu.


About The Hotel at Auburn University

Centrally located near the shops and restaurants of downtown Auburn, AL, The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center is just a short walk from the excitement of Auburn University and a diverse array of cultural and entertainment attractions.  The hotel features 236 guestrooms and suites and numerous venues for meetings and special events.  For a true taste of Italy, visit Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, located inside the hotel.  An open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating add character to this restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, Sunday Brunch, and offers take-out service.  Located in Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, Piccolo is Auburn's only true lounge experience for specialty cocktails and a large variety of appetizers and desserts.  The property is managed by the Atlanta-based West Paces Hotel Group.  For additional information or reservations, please call (800) 228-2876 or visit www.auhcc.com.


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