South Florida’s Top Chefs Cook “Out of the Kitchen” to Benefit the DRI


March 20, 2019 — Imagine 21 of South Florida’s most popular chefs all under one roof simultaneously cooking innovative, three-course meals right at the tableside! It’s happening at Out of the Kitchen, where adventurous diners—who won’t know what they’re being served until that very night—will be seated at tables of 12 and have the opportunity to interact with these culinary artists while they create. To be held in the intimate setting of the St. Regis Bal Harbour on April 7th beginning at 6 pm, the annual event benefits the Diabetes Research Institute and its mission to find a cure.

Bravo TV “Top Chef” Alum Sam Talbot, who lives with type 1 diabetes, will host the event, while local celebrity chefs, Jeremy Ford of Stubborn Seed, David Hackett of the Biltmore Coral Gables, and Norman Van Aken of Three, will serve as the Culinary Chairs, along with Event Chairs Amy and Scott Greenwald and Tammy and Steve Klein.

Boasting a line-up of chefs from the area’s trendiest restaurants, the main event will feature:

• Chef Jeremy Ford, Stubborn Seed
• Chef David Hackett, The Biltmore Coral Gables
• Chef Norman Van Aken, Three
• Chef Mike Beltran, Navé
• Chef Brian Nasajon, Beaker & Grey
• Chef Josh Gripper, The Dutch
• Chef Cesar Zapata, Phuc Yea
• Chef Sean Brasel, Meat Market
• Chef Alex Olivier, Area 31
• Chef Jeffrey Williams, The Social Club
• Chef Adrianne Calvo, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar
• Chef Brooke Mallory, Burlock Coast
• Chef Tasos Chasekioglou, Atlantikos
• Chef Tim Andriola, Timo
• Chef Raheem Sealey, KYU
• Chef Vijay Veena, Jaya at the Setai
• Chef Abel Veulens, Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden
• Chef Scott Linquist, Coyo Taco
• Chef Pablo Zitzmann, No Name Chinese
• Chef Alex Kuk, Temple Street Eatery
• Chef Abraham Silva, M House

Upon arrival, guests will nosh on samplings from cocktail party pop-ups by 26 Sushi & Tapas, Seawell Fish n’ Oyster, The Jim & Nessie and the BB&T CENTER/FLORIDA PANTHERS. A cigar bar, courtesy of Perdomo Cigars, will delight those who enjoy the flavor of the draw. Tempting attendees at evening’s end, fabulous dessert pop-ups by Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop, MadLab Creamery, Phenomenon Nitrogen Ice Cream & Bake Shop, Mo Scotti, and Angelica Lenox/Sweet Guilt should not to be missed. (To-go boxes for desserts will be available for those who just can’t eat another bite that night!)

Top sponsors include: Amy & Scott Greenwald, the Stacy Joy Goodman Memorial Foundation, Sabrina Gallo/Greenberg Traurig, Becton Dickinson, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., Wild Oceans, Gerson, Preston, Klein, Lips, Eisenberg & Gelber, P.A. and the Schechter and Eckstein Family. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Tickets are $300 per person. The St. Regis Bal Harbour is located at 9703 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154. For more information, contact the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at 954-964-4040 or visit

The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As one of the largest and most comprehensive research centers dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks. Researchers have already shown that transplanted islet cells allow patients to live without the need for insulin therapy. Some study participants have maintained insulin independence for more than 10 years. The DRI is now building upon these promising outcomes through its BioHub strategy, a multidisciplinary, three-pronged approach for addressing the major challenges that stand in the way of a cure: eliminate the need for anti-rejection drugs, reset the immune system to block autoimmunity, and develop an unlimited supply of insulin-producing cells. For more information, please visit or call 800-321-3437.


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