This year’s Chef’s Gala for Heart of Florida United Way is at Epcot World Showplace on Saturday, March 2 from 6:45-10 p.m. More than 20 of Central Florida’s favorite chefs will offer an array of food and wine pairings at this premier charity event, which raises nearly $300,000 each year for education, income, health and basic needs programs that serve thousands of Central Floridians. In addition to exquisite cuisine and thoughtfully paired fine wines, this upscale event hosted by Walt Disney World Resort also includes live music and a silent auction.
We recently visited Primo by Melissa Kelly at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes to enjoy a delicious preview of one of the evening’s offerings. Beloved by locals and visitors alike for its contemporary take on Italian cuisine, the menu focuses on local ingredients, often from the on-site garden. At this year’s Chef’s Gala, guests will be able to enjoy wild mushroom casarecce, a dish that has been on the restaurant’s menu since its opening. This seasonal favorite combines short twists of pasta with wild mushrooms and English peas in a citrus butter sauce, and comes topped with horseradish and bacon crumbs.
Individual tickets are $350 (a couple’s package is $650) and can be purchased HERE. See below for a complete list of participating eateries.
Ale & Compass Restaurant – Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park
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Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot Center
Fiorenzo Italian Restaurant – Hyatt Regency Orlando
Hemisphere – Hyatt Regency Orlando
Highball & Harvest – Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park
Latitude and Longitude – Orlando World Center Marriott
Le Cellier Steakhouse – Epcot®
Morimoto Asia – Disney Springs
Primo by Melissa Kelly – J.W. Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
STK Orlando – Disney Springs
Tiffins – Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area
Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Amorette’s Patisserie – Disney Springs
BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
The Glass Knife