South Florida's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry
Join Us to End Childhood Hunger in America
Friday, May 12, 2017
VIP Plus: $200 | 6:00pm-10:00pm | Includes Afterparty & Hour Early Access
VIP Admission: $175 | 7:00pm-10:00 | Includes Afterparty Admission
General Admission: $125 | 7:00pm-10:00pm
Afterparty Admission: $75 | 10:00pm-12:00am
Hashtags: #NoKidHungry #TOTNSFla
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2017 Participating Restaurants
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Artisan Beach House
Bar Collins at Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres
Beaker & Gray
Bourbon Steak Miami
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits
Cosair Kitchen + Bar
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
db Bistro Moderne
EDGE Steak & Bar
Fi'lia by Michael Schwartz
Finka Table & Tap
Glass & Vine
Jaya at The Setai
Katsuya South Beach
Louie Bossi's Ristorante Bar & Pizzeria
Lure Fishbar, South Beach
Market at EDITION
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Ono Poke Shop
Ortanique on the Mile
Pao by Paul Qui at Faena Miami Beach
R House Wynwood
Red, the Steakhouse
SUGARCANE raw bar grill
TALDE Miami Beach
Temple Street Eatery
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
The Cafe at Books & Books
The Dutch Miami
The Salty Donut
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
Wynwood Kitchen and Bar
Sugarcane raw bar grill, Executive Chef and Partner
Chef Timon Balloo was born to Chinese and Trinidadian parents. His scrapbook of memories leads with days on the farm, ethnic recipes, and a favorite pastime of watching the PBS show Yan Can Cook. Little did he know then that he would soon be on the fast track to a James Beard Foundation “Best New Restaurant” nomination. This and a host of other accolades continue to reflect his dedication to the seasonal, local ingredients that fuel his daily inspirations taken from the market’s freshest offerings.
In 1998, Balloo began his official journey toward a stellar culinary career. Through the international program of extended studies at Johnson & Wales, Balloo traveled to Belgium to work at Hotel Métropole under the French Master, Chef Dominique Michou. Balloo honed his classical culinary training skills by working his way up from entremetier comis (hot line) to patisserie comis. Of that time, Balloo recalls: “The vegetables and animals would often come straight from the farm. It wasn’t unusual for us to have to skin and pluck the next dish… now that was farm-to-table cooking!”
Balloo considers his first real professional lesson – on humility in the kitchen – to have been taught by “Professor” Allen Susser, one of Miami’s most influential chefs. “In Chef Susser’s kitchen, you were broken down and then built back up,” Balloo explains. “My time cooking at Chef Susser’s gave me a new respect for food.”
Balloo went on to become Junior Sous Chef at the five-star AZUL in Miami’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel under the leadership of Michelle Bernstein, Balloo’s greatest mentor. “Michelle taught me to cook from my heart and, as such, I started to craft my own approach to food, infusing it with what I like to call ‘Asian-Caribbean soul.’”
From La Broche in Miami to SUSHISAMBA in New York City, Balloo eventually earned Executive Chef status. Among his favorite dishes at SUGARCANE raw bar grill’s sister restaurant, SUSHISAMBA, was the Moqueca Mista: “It touches a depth of flavors, it is simply prepared – void of ‘fancy’ techniques – and it has personality when it enters the dining room. Food is about life and excitement, but it’s also very much about integrity.”
Through the use of simple ingredients to create great food, Balloo started to form his signature style: the juxtaposition of bold flavors made for sharing, prepared on small plates. He partnered with Amir Ben-Zion to launch Domo Japones in Miami’s Design District; the Japanese concept highlighted one-of-a-kind ingredients in a former post-office-turned-restaurant. Balloo’s menu was awarded three stars by The Miami Herald and voted “Best Japanese 2008” by Miami New Times.
An opportunity to reconnect with Samba Brands Management in 2009 brought Balloo back to the growing restaurant group as Executive Chef and Partner of SUGARCANE raw bar grill, which opened in 2010. Shortly after the restaurant’s debut, SUGARCANE raw bar grill took “Best New Restaurant” and Balloo was dubbed “Best Up-and-Coming Chef” by Miami New Times. He was also named “Chef of the Year” by Eater, and the accolades have never stopped.
“SUGARCANE raw bar grill has played a major role in Miami’s food scene since opening. We’re committed to pushing the culinary envelope every day,” he says. “However, our warm, casual vibe will never change – that’s a mainstay of the brand in which we all take a lot of pride.”
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Marybel Rodriguez is an Emmy-nominated weekend anchor for the CBS4 morning news as well as a reporter for the weekday newscasts on CBS4.
She began her career as a “spokesmodel” on the popular Univision television show “Sabado Gigante,” the longest-running entertainment show in history seen in every Spanish-speaking country in the world. After six years with the show, Marybel was lured away to become a feature and entertainment reporter for WPLG. Her desire to cover hard news stories persuaded her to make the switch to CBS4 a few months later.
Marybel is pleased to volunteer her time with the Hispanic community. She was the Hispanic Spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on the west coast. In 2008, Florida International University named her Outstanding Alumni of the Year. In addition, Marybel has received numerous other awards that attest to her professionalism and dedication to news. These honors reflect the way Marybel’s warm and engaging personality connects with South Florida viewers.
Born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents, Marybel has not forgotten her roots or the importance of her culture. A graduate of Florida International University, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Nevertheless, Marybel’s greatest accomplishment is being a mother and wife. She loves spending time with her husband and their three sons.
Hey…it's Froggy!! I’ve been a part of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show since 2006! Shocked they've let me stick around this long? Me too!!
I’ve been hanging around various radio stations since 1994. I started at 933FLZ in Tampa Bay and moved to Y100 Miami in 2002. I’m married to a beautiful woman named Lisa…I’m one of those guys that “married WAY up.” I have a daughter Danielle and a son Caden. I love being a husband and a father!
I’m normally the "guy in the studio in Miami"…but I also travel around the country introducing the Elvis Duran Show to the masses!! You can always count on me to have something inappropriate to say…to just about anything and everything.
During my free time I enjoy NFL and college football (Tampa Bay Bucs and Florida Gators fan) NASCAR (born in North Carolina…you have to like NASCAR) and golf (Tiger Woods). You can ALWAYS find me at any of the fine chain restaurants in your town!! I love living in South Florida…but nothing is better than being able to work in many of greatest cities in the US!
Another fun (or not so fun) fact about me is that I live with a rare, chronic disease called acromegaly, caused by a non-cancerous tumor on my pituitary gland. After years of experiencing unexplained symptoms like being tired all of the time; my hands, feet, forehead and jaw growing; excessive sweating and excruciating headaches, I was diagnosed in 2010. After going through all that I have, I work hard to keep my acromegaly under control! It’s definitely not always easy - it takes a lot of work staying on top of my medication schedule, getting my hormone levels checked, going for regular doctors’ visits and keeping a positive attitude - but the support of my family, friends and all you listeners out there have made the journey easier. If you want to hear more about my journey with acromegaly, check out my video on www.AcromegalyInfo.com.
Who We Help
Florida Impact Since 1979, Florida Impact has been dedicated to reducing hunger and poverty in Florida. Our mission is to inspire and enlist the people of Florida to secure justice for and with those whose economic rights have not been realized. We also work to increase access to food programs by conducting aggressive outreach strategies and public policy advocacy.
Feeding South Florida Feeding South Florida is the sole Feeding America food bank serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. Through direct-service programs and a network of nonprofit partner agencies, including soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, and group homes, Feeding South Florida rescues and distributes more than 40 million pounds of food per year, as well as leads hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and provides innovative programming and education.
FLIPANY Florida introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY)'s mission to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community.
Honorary Founding Chair
Chef Allen Susser