Calling All Foodies! FLIPANY’s Chefs Up Front Events are Just Around the Corner


The D&Co Dynamos will be combining two of our favorite things: giving back to our community and enjoying delicious food! Fort Lauderdale PR firm Durée & Company is proud to represent and support a number of nonprofit clients who make an extraordinary difference in the community, including FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) whose mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs. FLIPANY will host its 7th annual Chefs Up Front fundraising dinners this August at The Biltmore in Coral Gables and the W Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale.

If you are a foodie like us, this event is for you! And our client, Sapoznik Insurance, agrees. They just became a bronze sponsor because not only does Chefs Up Front guarantee you a decadent five-course meal prepared by one of South Florida’s renowned chefs, but each chef personally prepares his or her own signature dishes tableside for the table of 10. Each table’s menu is unique and each course is complemented by a perfectly paired wine. Additionally, 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program that connects families with healthy food by teaching them how to prepare nutritious, tasty meals on a limited budget. FLIPANY is the lead Florida partner of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Some of South Florida’s culinary royalty who will be dazzling guests at The Biltmore in Coral Gables include:

  • Aaron Dreilinger with Chef David Catering and Event Design
  • David Hackett with The Biltmore
  • Alan Hughes with Chef Alan Hughes
  • Brad Kilgore with Brava/Alter
  • Cristian Cuevas with 50 Eggs Inc.
  • Brian Nasajon with Beaker & Gray
  • Dustin Ward with BLT Prime
  • Adrianne Calvo with Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Pedro Lopez with Soyka
  • Ryan Martin with 180 Degrees at DRB
  • Pablo Zitsman with No Name Chinese
  • Sean Brasel with Meat Market

The acclaimed chefs who will be delighting diners at the W Fort Lauderdale are:

  • Aaron Dreilinger with Chef David Catering and Event Design
  • Jon Capo with Steak954
  • Brian Cornelius with Shooters Waterfront & Events by Grateful Palate
  • Gina Sansonia with Cucina Bambina
  • Marc Gruverman with The Capital Grille
  • Mike White with Tsukuro
  • Andrea Fadda with Zona Blu
  • Derek Rosen with OCEAN2000
  • Adrienne Grenier with 3030 Ocean
  • Robyn Almodovar with Palate Party
  • Giovanni Rocchio with One Door East/Valentino

This elegant epicurean event will be hosted by radio personalities Julie Guy and Evelyn Curry of 101.5 LITE FM and Kimmy B. of Hits 97.3. The evening will begin with a special reception of delectable hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails alongside a silent auction, followed by your own private dinner for 10 elegantly prepared tableside by one of South Florida’s cooking elite in the most intimate of settings and an after party will follow.

Chefs Up Front will occur at The Biltmore on August 18 and at the W Fort Lauderdale on August 25 with the receptions starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $250 a person and you may choose your chef for the evening. To purchase event tickets, visit www.chefsupfront.org, choose the event location you would like to attend and scroll down to select your seats.

We hope you will join us for these dynamic fundraising dinners. We promise you’ll leave with a huge smile and gourmet memories to last a lifetime!

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estate, public relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising, Special Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.