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Washington, DC (February 23, 2011) – Every year, the Gourmet Gala, the largest St. Jude event in DC, brings together the area’s most critically acclaimed chefs to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This year was no exception. Hotel favorites like; Adour, Bistro Bis, Blue Duck Tavern/Park Hyatt, Bourbon Steak, Brabo, Citronelle Michel Richard, CityZen, Sou’Wester, J&G Steakhouse, Ris, Watershed, and WestEnd Bistro were among the many other restaurants who participated in this years annual gala hosted in the National Building Museum.
This event benefits St. Jude’s mission to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. As you might know, St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where no child is ever denied treatment due to a family’s inability to pay.
Attendees will vote for their favorite dish of the evening to determine which chef is the winner of the Taster’s Choice Award. Last year’s award recipient was Chef Scott Drewno from The Source by Wolfgang Puck who prepared spicy tuna tartare-filled sesame miso cones with shaved bonito and tobiko. Additionally, guests may choose to participate in live and silent auctions, featuring items such as a trip to Memphis to tour St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
To date, the St. Jude Gourmet Gala has raised approximately $3 million for the hospital, which opened its doors 50 years ago. St. Jude relies primarily on the public’s generosity to support its lifesaving mission. It costs $1.7 million to operate the hospital every day, with more than 75 percent of that funding coming from the public through fundraising events like the Gourmet Gala. And in keeping with its mission, families never pay St. Jude for anything. St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, travel, lodging and food for each patient and a family member.
In addition to a silent and live auction, attendees came together to support children suffering from catastrophic and life–threatening diseases, all while enjoying an evening that provided an exclusive opportunity to taste some of the D.C. area’s finest restaurant cuisine.
This was a great Mardi Gras-themed event celebrating the life of a child!