March of Dimes Signature Chefs and Wine Extravaganza 2010

What could be better than getting wined and dined by several of Miami’s top chefs from the most prestigious restaurants the city has to offer? Well, having all the proceeds go to charity of course. March of Dimes will be hosting its lucky number 13 annual Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza. The event, hosted by Celebrity Chef Sunny Anderson of the Food Network, will honor Bank of America’s Senior Vice President Maria C. Alonso for her for her loyal support of March of Dimes.

On Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom will be inundated with the aroma of delicacies from Miami’s most renowned restaurants including Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Meat Market, Smith & Wollensky, Azul at the Mandarin Orienal, Por Fin, Rosa Mexicano, Emeril’s Miami Beach, and many more. The theme of this year’s event is focused on America’s Food Revolution — a take back to the time when good food was made from scratch and only with the freshest ingredients.

To complement the decadent array of food prepared by Miami’s most celebrated chefs, guests will be presented with wines and Champagnes distilled from the world’s finest vineyards, courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits. The evening event boasts exhilarating entertainment for those in attendance, in addition to live and silent auctions for dining packages, fine wine and champagnes, travel and hotel stays in exotic locations, fine art pieces, and other specialty items, with all proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes. Miami’s favorite pop artist and philanthropist, Romero Britto, created this year’s event image, “Swiss Cheese.”

Event Chair Vincent Croce of Wealth Capital Management encourages the community to come and enjoy the extraordinary food and wine, while at the same time having “the satisfaction of knowing that they’re playing a part in reaching a day when all babies are born healthy and full-term.”

Tickets for the event are $150 per person in advance, $175 per person at the door. Limited tickets for both the Extravaganza and an exclusive VIP Champagne Reception immediately preceding the event are available at $250 per person. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the March of Dimes. Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail on Watson Island. For more information, call 305.477.1192 or visit

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy.