The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Santé: A culinary odyssey

 An evening out to enjoy the extraordinary culinary delights from over 40 of your favorite regional chefs is the centerpiece to the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland’s 5th annual Santé fundraiser being held Thursday, November 20th from 6 pm to 10 pm at the M & T Bank Stadium, North Club Level Lounge.

There is an emotional tie to the Kidney Foundation after losing a friend and a cousin to kidney disease. My friend Phyllis was the first live kidney transplant at John Hopkins Hospital and she gained about six more years to enjoy life but passed away when she was 30. My cousin, whose transplant failed, was spending her life on dialysis and eventually gave up, she has been gone well over 30 years. Advancements in science and your dollars have helped improve the lives of those with kidney disease and continue to do so.

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, Banditos, 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, Grano Emporio,  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, Oyster Bay Grille, 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.

An interactive culinary event, you get to choose your favorite dish by voting in the People’s Choice Award .  

There is no Jerry Lewis Telethon here to raise dollars but there is the Santé event offering you a steal on a gourmet experience along with 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  for a ticket price of $125 per person. Invite your friends and family.

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.

Santé means health, to my readers – Santé 

Santé – A Culinary Odyssey – Thursday, November 20th – M & T Bank Stadium – North Club Level Lounge – 6 p.m .to 10 p.m.   Facebook

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