Top Chef’s Sam Talbot and Miami’s Hottest Chefs Team Up for Annual Event to Support DRI

MIAMI, Florida – April 20, 2017 – Some of the most popular chefs from across South Florida will treat guests to the best seat in the house at the annual Out of the Kitchen event hosted by two-time Bravo TV “Top Chef” alum chef Sam Talbot and CBS Miami Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter Lisa Petrillo in the St. Regis Bal Harbour, April 28, 2017. Proceeds will benefit the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

The culinary maestros will each have their own chef’s table inside the main ballroom of the resort and simultaneously prepare their signature, specially crafted three-course dinner for their 12 adventurous diners – who won’t know what they’ll be eating until they arrive that evening. Guests will also enjoy a cocktail reception with pop-up restaurants* including BH Burger Bar and Council Oak, and specialty cocktails by LILT Lounge, as well as desserts from Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies and MDough later that evening.

Returning co-chairing chefs Brad Kilgore of Alter and Dave Hackett of The Biltmore Coral Gables will be joined by following fellow renowned chefs*:

Chef Wolfgang Birk, Area 31

Chef Franck Steigerwald & Chef Anatasios Chasekioglou, Atlantikos at the St. Regis Bal Harbour

Chef Dustin Ward, BLT Prime

Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, Glass & Vine

Chef Sean Brasel, Meat Market

Chef Bobby Frank, Mignonette

Chef Adrienne Grenier, 3030 Ocean

Chef Scott Linquist, Coyo Taco/Olla

Chef Nicole Votano        

Chef Jamarr Massey, GROWN

Chef Alex Becker, Kuro

Chef Mike Pirolo, Macchialina

Chef Tim Andriola, Timo

Chef Jhonnatan Contreras, Toro Toro

Chef Adrianne Calvo, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar

Chef Sebastian Fernandez, 33 Kitchen

Chef Raul A. Del Pozo, Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Chef Fabien Gnemmi, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Chef Dimitris Harvalis, Elia Gourmet

*More restaurants and chefs are being added.

There will also be many food/dining-related raffle prizes, a live auction featuring exclusive getaways and TV show tickets, plus each guest will also receive a copy of Talbot’s new cookbook 100% Real: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh. 

Talbot, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teen, has dedicated himself to advocating for a cure and healthy living, and even co-founded the Beyond Type 1 foundation to help raise awareness and funds for diabetes organizations such as the DRI. Also committed to a cure are event Co-Chairs Amy and Scott Greenwald and Tammy and Steve Klein. The Greenwalds and the Kleins have daughters living with type 1 diabetes and will stop at nothing until a cure is found.

Special thanks are extended to the following event top sponsors to date:

Amy & Scott Greenwald

Stearns Weaver Miller

Marquis Bank

Wild Oceans

Gerson, Preston, Klein, Lips, Eisenber, Gelber

The Tonkinson Foundation

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Heartland Payment Systems

Meland, Russin, and Budwick Attorneys at Law

Schwartz Media Strategies

Beno & Rosa Schecter

Bercow, Radel, Fernandez & Larkin

Tickets to Out of the Kitchen are $275 per person and can be purchased online at  Sponsorship packages are also available. The St. Regis Bal Harbour is located at 9703 Collins Avenue in Bal Harbour. The cocktail reception begins at 7:30 p.m., and the seated dinner begins at 8:30 p.m. Space is limited; reservations required.  For more information, please call the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at 954.964.4040.

About the Diabetes Research Institute
The mission of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most comprehensive research center 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 by developing a DRI BioHub, a bioengineered “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas. While various BioHub platforms are being tested in preclinical and clinical studies, the DRI is also developing strategies to eliminate the need for anti-rejection drugs and reset the immune system to block autoimmunity.

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