Hurricane Ian

Three Sarasota Chefs Are Hosting a Fundraiser to Support Farms Damaged by Hurricane Ian

The event is sold out, but the organizers are accepting silent auction bids and cash donations.

By Lauren Jackson October 21, 2022

The chef's table at Meliora.

The chef's table at Meliora.

Three local chefs have teamed up to host a fundraiser supporting local farms that were damaged during Hurricane Ian. Chefs Drew Adams of Meliora, Steve Phelps of Indigenous and Anthony Petralia of Tralia will be putting their creative spin on a tasting menu hosted at Meliora on Nov. 6.

"We were talking about doing something and how we could help in a meaningful way and then Anthony reached out. He really drove the whole idea," says Adams. "It's all about helping out and depending on what the farms have, we want to incorporate as much as we can into our dishes."

Adams describes the dinner as seven courses plus an amuse-bouche at the beginning and a small edible takeaway treat at the end. Each chef will be responsible for creating three dishes which include a vegetable course, a protein course and a sweet treat.

"I'm excited to do some more technical stuff that I haven't done in a while," says Adams.

All net proceeds from the event will benefit local farms including Homestead Hydroponic Farm, Blumenberry Farms, Sun Shrimp, Worden Farm, Grove Ladder Farm and Wild Side Farms.

While this event is currently sold out, you can still contribute to the fundraiser through cash or silent auction donations, both of which are being accepted at Meliora.

If you would like to donate, please call Meliora at (941) 444-7692.

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