Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cooking for Life Festival: Great Food for a Great Cause

This weekend I had the opportunity to experience Cooking For Life, a culinary festival that brought together some of the nation's finest chefs for a series of events to benefit the Common Threads organization.
If you haven't heard about Common Threads, let me tell you, they do great stuff. The organization's main goal is to end child obesity through hands-on nutrition and cooking programs around the country. Their programs have positively impacted the lives of thousands of children in cities like Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and DC, and they count  with the support of culinary professionals like chef Michelle Bernstein, who is also on the board of directors. 
Even though they've hosted several dinners and parties in the past, Cooking for Life was Common Threads' largest initiative so far, providing attendees with two days of events that included a beach side brunch with some of the country's finest chefs. I got a chance to attend the brunch, and was delighted to try dishes by chefs like Fabio Viviani, Jamie DeRosa and of course, Michelle Bernstein. 
As you can see from my pictures below, this was truly a beautiful and high quality event, and if they bring it back again next year you should make it a point to try it out. Not only will you be enjoying some great food from great chefs, but also, you'll be supporting a good cause. And that's a win win in my book!
To learn more about Common Threads, visit their website here
What an honor to meet celebrity chef Fabio Viviani, from Siena Tavern!
 The most amazing sticky buns I've had in my life (sorry Knaux Berry farms!) by Seagrape
Two of the most talented (and nicest!) chefs in Miami: Jaime DeRosa & Michelle Bernstein <3
Tongue and Cheek station - Zak the Baker bread with honey and jams
Ingredients from Siena Tavern's dish (featured picture at the top of the post)
Jalapeño cheese crawfish grits, by Chef John Besh

Chef Jaime DeRosa, having some fun with the team behind Proof Pizza
 Ropa vieja served on a blueberry cake... Amazing combination, by the amazingly talented chef Stephanie Izard, from Little Goat Diner in Chicago

 Packed house at the Thompson hotel!
Causa Nikkei, by chef Diego Oka from La Mar

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