2013 March Of Dimes Signature Chef Auction

Last Thursday I got to join Cait at the Signature Chefs Auction in Simsbury, Ct. The event was a black tie affair and I jumped at the chance to wear a dress from my high school years (the dress I wore is from my junior prom).


“Take part in an evening of world-class cookery you won’t soon forget. Whether you’re a gourmand or not, your inner foodie will delight in delicious creations by the area’s top chefs all to benefit March of Dimes programs.

Plus, along with the supreme cuisine, you’ll be treated to tantalizing auction items. Mixing great food with great fun and adding a dash of your generous support is the perfect recipe to help give babies in Connecticut a strong, healthy start.”

Despite being 45 minutes late to the event due to traffic, I was glad I was better late then never.

I was honored to be able to be apart of such a great event, I know my cousin (her first baby was a premie but he is now a happy and healthy 5 year old) and my cousin’s wife (works for the march of dimes in upstate NY) would be happy to know I got to attend.

The restaurant showing was outstanding:
Barcelona Wine Bar
Brio Tuscan Grille
Connecticut Distributors Inc.
Craftsteak at Foxwoods
Jonathan Edwards Winery
Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Omar Coffee
Pond House Grille
Red Lantern Restaurant and Lounge
Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar
Scorpion Bar
Taste by Spellbound
Union Street Tavern
Wilson’s Pub

There was a silent auction going on while guests could try some of the amazing food the restaurants had to offer.

After putting our stuff down at our table for the evening it was time to get some food and drink in our bellies.

First I sampled a nice white from CT Distributors.

I made a bee-line for Craftsteaks at Foxwoods once I saw they were serving up waygu beef short ribs with pumpkin and farro and homemade roasted chickpeas on top.

beef short ribs

I loved this dish so much, I had 3rds of it!

The chef and manager of the fine establishment.
craftsteak chefs

Wilson’s Pub had a delicious steak and ale slide with cheddar cheese and horseradish sauce. I ate the slider sans bun likes the steak but didn’t love it.
steak slider

Wilson’s pub also provided us with a nice little shot of their Apple Pie Moonshine which was absolutely delicious!

I eventually grabbed a glass of the red wine Jonathan Edwards was pouring. This wine paired nicely with the rest of my dish options for the evening.
j edwards

Pond House Grille served up my second favorite dish of the evening which was Stonington Harvested Scallops, house made potato sticks, roassted serrano tartar sauce, jicama slaw. These were so good I went back for a second.

Scorpian Bar served a Carne Asada ‘Philly’ Rolls (Carne Asada Steak, Pepper Salad, Balsamic Ranch, Cream Cheese). I tried one of the insides of the roll and wasn’t the biggest fan. But Red Lantern Restaurant and Loungue served a delicious Salmon Maki Bite (Cucumber, Salmon Salad, Sesame Ponzu, Chili). This had my sushi loving self all over it!

me and cait with sushi

Salute! Was serving a delicious butternut squash risotto, which they were putting pork butt on top of but I opted out of that option.
This risotto was soo good, I want to have it again!

After filling up with yummy food, I grabbed some sweet treats to bring back to the table and enjoy while listening to the opening speakers and the live auction.

Sweet were provided by Taste by Spellbound.

I grabbed a truffle filled with cookie dough (amazing), a pumpkin pudding it was ok, a salted caramel cupcake it was ok, and a cookie dough cupcake which was amazing and I wish I had grabbed more.

While I munched away WFSB Channel 3 personalities Scot Haney and Irene O’Connor began the evenings festivities of a live auction.

Unfortunately I had to head out once the live Auction began. I was hoping to get the hear the speakers of the evening but I had over an hour drive home and work the next day.

My suggestion for the next year would be to have the speakers first and then the auction.

The event raised $81,000!!

A big thanks to Leigh-Anne and Marc for inviting me to such a wonderful event! I am soo glad I got to be apart of it.

You can make donations at any time here.

Have you ever been to a black tie affair?

Out of all the dishes what would you like to try the most?

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  • i’m so glad you made it and appreciate you fighting the traffic to be there with me! i loved reading this post and that pic of us is pretty darn glam. that is a good suggestion about the speakers, or at least some speakers at first to kick off the event. i think perhaps since people tend to trickle in at the beginning they waited til the end to ensure everyone was there and seated. but maybe at least one or two speakers at the beginning would be a nice welcome to the event.
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