The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold its 5th annual Santé: A Culinary Odyssey celebration, Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the M&T Bank Stadium, North Club Level Lounge in downtown Baltimore.
With over 900 guests expected, the business/casual fête will feature signature dishes from over 45 top local chefs, including: AIDA Bistro, B&O American Brasserie, Barrett’s Grill, Bertha’s Mussels, Birroteca, Black Tie Caterers, Blue Hill Tavern, Brio Tuscan Grille, Café Hon, Clementine, Cooking with Catherine, Corner BYOB, Frisco Tap House and Brewery, Grillfire, Heavy Seas Ale House, Highland Inn, House of Audré, J Paul’s, Laurrapin, Le Garage, Maggie’s Farm, Natasha’s Just Brittle, NeCe’s Green Apron, Nutreatious, Portalli’s, Richardson Farms, Sobo Café, Stratford University, Sugar & Ice, Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, Talara, Tapas Adela, Tark’s Grill, TenTen, The Fork & Wrench, The Nickel Taphouse and Wit & Wisdom.
Adding to the fun will be celebrity judges and a People’s Choice competition, interactive food demonstrations, live entertainment and a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, dining and entertainment packages, local art, spa, health and fitness packages, and vacation packages. Guests also can raise their paddles to win a few one-of-a-kind experiences in the live auction and directly support the local kidney community by contributing to the evening’s Fund-The-Mission campaign.
WJZ-TV’s Ron Matz will serve as emcee. Event honorees are Lawrence J. Appel, M.D., M.P.H. (C. David Molina Professor of Medicine and Director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions) and Jonathan S. Bromberg, M.D., Ph.D. (Professor of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology and Chief of the Division of Transplantation at the University of Maryland School of Medicine).
Sponsorship chair is Stuart Bowers (president, DST Brokerage Solutions) and restaurant committee chair is Ben Simpkins CEC CCA WCC (executive chef at Richardson Farms, who was on dialysis following a car accident at age 16 before receiving one of his mother’s kidneys in a transplant the following year).
Proceeds from Santé will fund vital research at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, and directly support NKF-MD’s patient emergency assistance program, which provides essentials such as food, housing costs, utilities, medication and transportation to dialysis.
Admission is $125 per person for as-available lounge seating, $250 per person for a reserved seat and $2,500 for a reserved table for 10. Sponsorships are also available. For admission, sponsorship or auction donation information, visit www.santebaltimore.com or contact Averil Christens-Barry at 410.494.8545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now celebrating its 50th year as an affiliate, The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, serving central and western Maryland, the Delmarva Peninsula and portions of West Virginia, is the area’s only voluntary health agency dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of kidney and urinary tract diseases.