The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold its 4th annual Santé: A Culinary Odyssey celebration, Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the M&T Bank Stadium, North Club Level (1101 Russell St.) in downtown Baltimore.
With over 750 guests expected, the business/casual fête will feature signature dishes from over 40 top local chefs paired with enticing beverages.
To date, vendors include: B&O American Brasserie, Bertha's Mussels, Black Tie Caterers, Blue Hill Tavern, Bluegrass Tavern, Brio Tuscan Grille, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Café Gia, Café Hon, Cheese Galore and More, Chef Egg, Chipparelli's, Ciao Bella, Clementine, Cooking with Catherine, Corner Bakery, Fleet Street Kitchen, Grillfire, House of Audré, J Paul's, Joe2, Laurrapin, Lord Baltimore Hotel, Natasha's Just Brittle, NeCe's Green Apron, Oyster Bay Grille, RA Sushi, Richardson Farms, Roy's, Sobo Café, Stratford University, Talara, Tark's Grill, The Food Market, Hampden, Woody's Dewey Beach.
New this year, the chefs will vie to win the “People’s Choice” awards, selected by guests, and the “Best of Santé” awards, selected by a panel of judges.
Adding to the fun will be live music, interactive food demonstrations and the chance to pose for pictures in costume at the photo booth.
Ideal for holiday shopping, the silent auction will feature unique and sought-after items from local businesses, such as sports memorabilia, dining and entertainment packages, local art; spa, health and fitness packages and vacation packages.
Guests also can raise their paddles to win 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.
What’s more, NKF-MD will honor two 2013 “Kidney Champions” for their accomplishments in the surgical and medical world, specifically relating to transplantation and kidney health:
- Dr. Stephen T. Bartlett the Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor of Surgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, senior vice president and surgeon-in-chief, at the University of Maryland Medical System and immediate past president of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA)
- Dr. Michael J. Klag dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and past chair of both the Association of Schools of Public Health and the NIH Advisory Board on Clinical Research.
In the spirit of the holidays, Simpkins will attempt to set a record for the world’s longest cheesecake (50 yards, pumpkin flavored), which he will serve at Santé.
Santé will raise much needed funds for NKF-MD’s patient emergency assistance program, providing essentials such as food, housing costs, utilities, medication and transportation to dialysis. Dollars raised also fund vital research at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland.
Admission is $100 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 Lydia Foxwell at 410.494.8545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For more information, visit www.kidneymd.org.