18th Annual A Night With A Chef

Chef Erika Davis of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club was recently featured on Bravo Network's Top Chefs: Just Desserts.

Chef Erika DavisAmelia Arts Academy has an opportunity for anyone that’s ever wished to spend an evening being pampered by a renowned chef. A Night With A Chef, the 18th Annual Gourmet Progressive Dinner is March 27, 2011. The event combines fine-dining with camaraderie and an element of surprise. Ticket-holders will be treated to extravagant cuisine in private residences around Amelia Island, where they will savor course after course of indulgent foods prepared by highly-acclaimed regional chefs.

Upon purchasing tickets, guests will have the opportunity to select their top 3 choices of cuisine. Each cuisine is prepared by a different chef in a separate home – but the chef and location of each cuisine is confidential information. The night of the event, guests will gather together at a reception with a silent auction, libations, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island’s Niko Anagnastou. At the reception, everyone will receive their culinary destination and make their way to their Night With A Chef. Each home seats no more than 12 people, and guests will enjoy live music and making new friends as they watch their chef prepare their meal.

“We are so lucky to have so many incredible chefs donate their time to support Amelia Arts Academy,” says Theresa Duncan, Executive Assistant. Chef Erika Davis of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club was one of the first chefs to come forward to be a part of this year’s event. Davis was recently featured on Bravo Network’s Top Chefs: Just Desserts, and is rated as one of America’s top African American chefs by Black Enterprise. Davis will be assisted in the kitchen by her friend Matthew Raiford, Executive Chef of the Pentagon and the House of Representatives in Washington DC. Scotty Schwartz, chef and owner of 29 South is another of the evening’s stars. Schwartz is widely known for his thoughtfully prepared, locally sourced cuisine and was featured on the American Express Celebrity Chefs Tour. Executive Chef of the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Thomas Tolxdorf; Adam Sears, chef and owner of Merge; Brian Grimley, chef and owner of Lulu’s at the Thompson House; Lisa Harter of the Mustard Seed Café; Steve Scavotto formerly of Your Place; Michael Gass chef and owner of Kelley’s Courtyard Café; and Katie Shepherd and Tina Stegall Chefs and Owners of Soiree Events & Catering in Jacksonville will all work to make this an unforgettable evening.

“This event takes nearly 50 volunteers to make happen, from the homeowners to the servers and musicians. But the hard work of so many people pays off, to create one of Amelia Island’s most unique and anticipated annual events. More importantly, we count on the Progressive Dinner to raise much-needed funds to continue to provide high quality performing and visual arts education and cultural events to everyone in our community,” says Duncan.

Tickets to A Night With A Chef can be purchased until they are sold out by visiting www.AmeliaArtsAcademy.org or calling (904)277-1225. Seating is extremely limited, and cuisine assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

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