Cooks donate culinary expertise in public sale to profit March of Dimes »Albuquerque Journal

Local chefs are taking time out on Thursday November 2nd for a good cause.

The chefs will serve amuse bouche offers and small tastings during the Signature Chefs Auction, which will benefit the local chapter of the March of Dimes. According to Aisha Smith, March of Dimes Development Director, the organization’s mission is to end premature, infant and maternal mortality.

“It’s a fundraiser and a dining experience,” said Smith. “We have a live auction and some other revenue incentives to try and raise money for our mission. But really we focus on the celebrities of the event who are local chefs and people can come and try small amuse bouches and small tastings from the chefs of our local restaurants. And the chefs also donated culinary experiences that will be auctioned on the evening of the event that really celebrates their talents and their incredible donation to the March of Dimes. “

Participating chefs are Jon Young from Fresh Bistro, Marc Quiñones from Más y Tapas, Cory Gray from M’tucci’s, Jon Young from Fresh Bistro, Israel Rivera from The Shop, Daniel John from Torinos @ Home and Rodney Estrada from Zacatecas. Food Network Chopped Winners Carrie Eagle from Farm & Table and Marie Yniguez from Bocadillos will also be attending the event.

“They do some prep and then arrive early,” said Smith. “We have it at the Albuquerque Hotel so we’re going to set up a room and they are going to have some stations in the room and they are going to have a crew and we are getting some cooking students from Sandia High to help them school so they do the night lots of setups. They do a lot of work. It is a very large donation from you to us. “

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The money raised will support maternal and child health programs in New Mexico, according to Smith.

“We also support (neonatal intensive care) family support in the state of New Mexico and have research programs,” said Smith. “We have five centers for research into premature babies and some of the funds go there. New Mexico’s premature birth statistics are rising, so more babies are born prematurely. We expect these rates to increase with the new data for the year we are in. We have more mothers and babies dying in childbirth than we have had in a long time. So it’s a very relevant thing and we still have a lot to do. “

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