Today I had a chance to preview some of the incredible dishes to be prepared by Central Florida Top Chefs for the Appetite for the Arches fundraising event on March 1st. All of the signature creations are made with McDonald’s ingredients!!!
We started with an amazing Charmoula Chicken created by Chef Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon.
Followed by a Chipotle BBQ Beef Enchiladas prepared by Chef Kevin Fonzo of The K Restaurant,
and Brandade Fritter made by Chef James Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig.
We ended our evening with one of my personal favorites, an Caramel Apple Bread Pudding by Chef Julie Petrakis of The Cask & Larder.
Ronald McDonald House is an amazing organization that provides a home away from home to families with children receiving treatment at local hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando. I was introduced to this charity last year by Chris Muszynski through their Share-A-Meal program, where small groups come out and cook lunch or dinner for the families staying in the house. What a rewarding experience it was for me to be able to help prepare a meal and see it being so appreciated by so many families. And now I am so happy to see this organization creating another opportunity for our community to get involved and give back. Thank you so much to Chefs Julie & James Petrakis, Chef Kevin Fonzo, Chef Kathleen Blake and all of the chefs participating in this great event, to the volunteers, and to all of the attendees of the Appetite for the Arches on March 1st.