Heart of Florida United Way 22nd Annual Chef’s Gala Preview

Heart of Florida United Way 22nd Annual Chef’s Gala Preview

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The Heart of Florida United Way Chef’s Gala (May 10) features exquisite cuisine from more than 20 of Central Florida’s top chefs, accompanying thoughtfully paired fine wines, live music and a silent auction. Chef’s Gala is United Way’s largest fundraiser for education, income, health and basic needs programs for the residents of Central Florida, and we want to give you an exclusive preview of the event, and of course, the delicious food.

On Thursday, April 17, during lunch at Primo Restaurant in Orlando, the United Way held a preview opportunity to the Chef’s Gala, called “The Dish on the Chef’s Gala: Media Preview,” featuring five select sample signature dishes made by the event’s top chefs.


22nd Annual Chef’s Gala

Benefiting Heart of Florida United Way

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Epcot® World Showplace

6:45 p.m.: Silent Auction, Sparkling Wine and Martini Bar Reception
7:30-10:00 p.m.: Main Event

Thanks to the generosity of host and sponsor, WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort, and other fine sponsors, last year’s event raised more than $296,000 for local residents in need, which makes it easy to see why Chef’s Gala has been a Tasteful Way to Make a Difference for 22 years!

2014 Participating Establishments
(as of 4-30-14)

Artist Point
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Biergarten Restaurant

Bull & Bear®
Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Cress Restaurant

Flying Fish Cafe
Disney’s BoardWalk

Jiko – The Cooking Place
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

K Restaurant

Mama Melrose’s
Ristorante Italiano
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Primo by Melissa Kelly
Grande Lakes Orlando

Raglan Road Irish Pub
and Restaurant

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion

The Crystal Palace

Thornton Park
Restaurant Group

The Wave …
of American Flavors
Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Tusker House Restaurant

Victoria & Albert’s
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa


Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Bakery
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

BoardWalk Bakery
Disney’s BoardWalk


Coffee Roasters’ Alliance

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company


Coastal Wine & Spirits

Crush Distributors

Southern Wine & Spirits

Strategic Importers

Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services charity and the largest provider of funds to the region’s most critical health and human service programs. Last year it raised and managed $25.3 million throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. HFUW is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, health and safety. It also operates United Way 2-1-1, Central Florida’s community crisis and suicide hotline and information and referral helpline; a Volunteer Resource Center; a Gifts In Kind Center; a Stewardship program that works with agencies to provide emergency assistance; and the Ryan White Part B program, which administers more than $2 million to provide HIV/AIDS services and referrals.

HFUW impacts more people annually than any charity operating in the tri-county area and partners with local businesses, government, other charities and individuals to increase awareness of local health and human service issues and to inspire hope, provide options and create possibilities for people in need. In 2011, HFUW was awarded Charity Navigator’s highest “Four-Star Rating” for exceeding industry standards in fiscal management and outperforming other charities in its area of focus. Visit www.hfuw.org for more information, or call (407) 835-0900.

Chef Gilberto Ramirez // Primo by Melissa Kelly at Grande Lakes Orlando
Poached Maine Lobster Truffled Brioche with Garlic Aïoli, Primo Garden Chives, and Crispy Buttermilk-Malt Vinegar Marinated Shallots
Chef Gilberto Ramirez


Chef Greg Richie // Thornton Park Restaurant Group
Slow-braised Pork Shank on Parmesan Grits with Shrimp and Sausage
Chef Greg Richie


Chef Jared Gross // Napa Hyatt Regency Orlando
Spicy Florida Shellfish Cioppino with Smoked Paprika Rouille and Saffron Croutons
Spicy Florida Shellfish Cioppino with Smoked Paprika Rouille and Saffron Croutons


Pastry Chef Andreas Born
Crunchy Sugar Cookie Puff with Lemon Grass Cream
Caramel Custard with Passion Fruit Glacé
Banana-Toffee Mousse on Cocoa Crunch with Strawberry-Banana Pearls Caramel
Milk Chocolate Crémeux with Mojito Concoction on Almond Rocher
Desserts All Together…This was all so very amazing…


KRYSTLE NGUYEN is a food enthusiast and many of her childhood memories were created in the restaurants that her parents owned while she was growing up - trying new dishes and interacting with customers. You can catch her on the weekends exploring Orlando or helping her parents manage the family restaurant, Saigon Noodle and Grill. Photos taken by Krystle Nguyen with the Nikon D5000 DSLR and Olympus OM-D E-M10.


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