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Good Friday! Dine for Quantum House at Taste of Compassion Monday

January 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Monday night is the Taste of Compassion dine-around at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace; tickets are only $75.

It’s the annual benefit for West Palm Beach’s Quantum House in West Palm Beach. The house is used as an inn for families who have loved ones, usually children, being treated in local hospitals. While on the campus of St. Mary’s Hospital, Quantum House provides a home away from home for families, often from out-of-state, who must stay near a  hospital for an extended period of time.

Support from within the house

Quanum House living room

Having had three co-workers who used houses like this when they had to stay in out-of-town cities with their kids in hospitals, I know how important these places really are.  

People who use the house pay what they can for meals and lodging. Being in the same situation creates a bond between the families who are there for one another during often stressful times.

Restaurants and country club chefs involved

Ken Wade

The American Culinary Federation of Palm Beach County got their chefs involved in this charity years ago – and chefs from private clubs, restaurants and food suppliers rally to the cause each year. Ken Wade, of Paddy Mac’s Irish Pub in Palm Beach Gardens, heads up the chef lineup each year, and puts on a big golf tournament to support it as well.

Who’s going to be there?

Participating members include area hotels and clubs: Del Aire Country Club, Devonshire at PGA, Mariner Sands Country Club, Sailfish Point Country Club, the Bear’s Club, The Breakers, Gulf Stream Country Club, and the Sailfish Club of Florida.

Restaurants who have donated their time and foods include: McCormick and Schmick’s (opening soon in CityPlace), Secrets Piano Bar and Grill in North Palm Beach, Cafe Copenhagen in Jupiter, Gratify (coming soon to downtown West Palm Beach), Cabo Flats (coming soon to Downtown at the Gardens), Paddy Mac’s Irish Pub in Palm Beach Gardens, Talay Thai in Palm Beach Gardens, The Bistro in Jupiter, Cafe L’Europe in Palm Beach, Panara Bread in CityPlace.

Food suppliers and kitchens are: Independent Seafoods, Mrs. D’s Custom Foods, Hoffman’s Chocolates, Sysco Southeast, and Serendipity Ice Cream.

Lincoln Culinary’s future chefs

Students at West Palm Beach’s Lincoln Culinary (formerly Florida Culinary Institute) will again provide desserts and help the chefs serve and bus during the event.

Me, too!

I’ll be there, too, as Honorary Chairman of the event. I love that the chefs donate so freely to events like these and am pleased to be a part of it.

Come on out and expect a great event – there’s food and wine galore.

A taste of the Taste!

Click here for a video and story about Frikadella, from Cafe Copenhagen’s chef Christian Cotton. He’s one of the chefs and shows us how to make this 200-year-old Danish favorite.

Taste of Compassion

  • When: Monday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace, 700 Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach
  • Cost: $75
  • For tickets: www.quantumhouse.org

Tags: Calendar: SoFla Food Events · Good Friday! · The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Dave // Feb 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    These houses where people can stay during their childrens treatment are valued very highly with the people who use them (as we have have when our son was admitted when he was 6 weeks old) and they need all the support they can so that others can benefit.

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