Flying With the Stars, a two-night charity-driven dinner event, will return for its second year with three rising-star Italian chefs flown in from Milan. Sponsored by American Airlines, the two evenings of Italian-style
"We want to give guests a great night and have them eat food that they can't get every day," says Carlo Donadoni, Flying With the Stars maestro and co-owner/chef of Salumeria 104 and Midtown Oyster Bar. "And it all goes to a good cause — to help kids who are suffering."
Each night will include a wine-paired six-course menu crafted by Milan-based chefs Luigi Taglienti, Alberto Buratti, and Claudio Francesco Ceriotti, along with Miami chefs Angelo Masarin and Donadoni.
"Instead of one chef like last year, we wanted to make it bigger and bring three different chefs from Italy," he says. "One night the menu will be more seafood-oriented, and the other night will be having more meat to follow Salumeria's type of food."
Expect the menu to include sea scallop tartare with gin tonic foam; black cod served with Sessanio lentil velvet cream topped with saffron foam; foie gras cream caramel; and an inventive take on a classic clam chowder.
"The current gastronomic environment in Italy is very creative and innovative," Donadoni says. "We want to bring it to Miami in real time to show what's happening in Italy right now. Who knows when Italian restaurants here will start to use these techniques, so at this dinner, you can taste it now."
During dinner, a silent auction will place a medley of items up for grabs, including Miami Heat tickets, jewelry, wines and spirits, and first-class airline tickets between Miami and Milan. All proceeds will go toward the Miami Children’s Health Foundation.
Flying With the Stars was created last year to showcase American Airlines' new direct flight from Miami to Milan. The dinners raised $26,000 for the Mourning Family Foundation through the two-night silent auction. Donadoni says he hopes to see increased success this time around.
"We organized the event really last minute last year, and it was still a huge success," he says. "This year there was a lot more thought put into it, and we're trying to offer guests more than we did before."
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Seating will be capped at 50 guests per night because the dinners are meant to be exclusive. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase through tonight at Eventbrite.com at $250 per person.
Donadoni plans to continue the annual dinners every November. "This really shows the Italian community coming together," he says. "We want this to be a landmark in Miami."
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