Chefs for the Keys event on Oct. 6 will benefit hurricane victims

Property damage and financial hardship are widespread in the Florida Keys in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and many residents are desperate.

Chef Adam Brown of The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens, along with En-Flux private chef Troy Sheller, are organizing a massive effort to help food and beverage hospitality employees who are out of work.

“It all started as a Facebook post,” Brown said. “The response was spontaneous and amazing.
I can’t believe all the people who want to help. Thankfully, it’s growing into an area-wide, collaborative program.”

All proceeds will benefit the food and beverage hospitality workers in the Florida Keys who are out of work due to the storm. The money is being donated to the Islamorada Beer Company team, founders of the Florida Keys Fund/Gotta Love Them Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, to make sure all proceeds are distributed to those individuals.

Volunteers from left to right: Will Penenori, Tamra FitzGerald, Denise Mariani, Chef Troy Sheller, and Chef Adam Brown.

“Tourism is the lifeblood of the Keys,” Sheller said. “It forms the basis of the economy, and the area can’t survive without restaurants and bars. If Palm Beach County had been hit just as hard, we would be suffering equally. It’s gratifying for us that we can lend a helping hand to people in the industry.”

The relief effort is twofold:

The participating chefs and restaurants have agreed to donate a percentage of their daily revenue from Thursday, Oct. 5, and other services or auction items.

A “Chefs for the Keys” event will be held on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Riviera Beach Marina Village from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $125 and will include food from the area’s top chefs, an open bar, live entertainment, and a silent auction. The event is being emceed by Mo & Sally from KOOL 105.5. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets at com/chefs-for-the-keys. The event facility is being sponsored by Commissioner Dawn Pardo and the Riviera Beach CRA Marina Village Event Center.

“All our customers have to do on Thursday is show up,” Brown said. “Simply by eating and drinking in our restaurants, they’ll be contributing to those affected by Hurricane Irma. By attending the event on Friday, they can make a much larger impact.”

Some of the participating chefs and restaurants include:

Addam Actis, Corner Porch

Adam Brown, The Cooper

Ben Burger, Mariposa

Gustavo Calderon, 3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa

Brian Cartenuto, Tucker Dukes and Union 27

Lynn Dorsey, Magick in Your Kitchen

Scott Edison, Dubliner Irish Pub

Bruce Feingold, DADA

Chuck Gittleman, Cask + Shaker

Eddie Grosman, private chef

Eric Grutka, Ian’s Tropical Grill

Michael Hackman, Aioli

Jeremy Hanlon, Benny’s on the Beach

Alethea Hickman, Stonebridge Country Club

Thomas Opt Holt, 50 Ocean

Nina Kauder, private chef

Seth Evan Kirschbaum, Restoration Hardware

Michael Kuckelman, Bush Brothers

Tim Nickey, Kapow! Noodle Bar

Taun Norlander, private chef

George Patti, MEAT Eatery and Union 27

Scott Randazzo, Dubliner Irish Pub

Mike Saperstein, Rebel House/Sunshine Provisions

Troy Sheller, En-Flux Private Chef Services

Charlie Soo, Talay Thai Cuisine

Andrew Tsang, Drew’s Island Catering


Desserts by David Innes, Sundy House


The list of sponsors and donors is growing, but currently includes:


Accurate Event Group


Bush Brothers

Cod & Capers Seafood

Commissioner Dawn Pardo

Culinary Convenience


Islamorada Beer Company


Mariani Marketing & Events

Mr. Greens

Oceana Coffee

Riviera Beach Marina Village

South Florida Dines

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Florida

Sunshine Provisions

The Chefs’ Warehouse

The Cooper, Craft Kitchen & Bar

Twisted Trunk

UniteUs Group

Venue Marketing Group

Viking Yachts

Wellington Hospitality Group


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