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Posted on 08/21/2012

Whet Your Appetite for the 19th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction to Benefit the Ann Storck Center Taking Place September 21 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino


HOLLYWOOD, Fla.  – Whet your appetite for the 19th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction to benefit the Ann Storck Center, one of Florida's most respected non-profit organizations. The delicious affair will kick-off at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m.


The Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction is one of the top culinary galas of the social season. Each year, the event has grown exponentially with last year's soiree welcoming more than 500 guests and netting $320,000 to support the Ann Storck Center. 


"This not-be-missed event gives our renowned local chefs an opportunity to showcase their culinary skills while serving a great cause," said Charlotte Mather-Taylor, executive director of the Ann Storck Center. "Food connoisseurs and loyal attendees all agree that the Ann Storck Center's Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction is one of the most outstanding fundraisers of its kind."


The extravagant evening begins with a silent auction featuring a variety of sports and entertainment celebrity-signed memorabilia and massive gift baskets featuring dozens of hand-picked, professionally packaged luxury items. Top favorites include exotic vacation getaways, jewelry, spa treatment packages, golf packages and more. A unique live auction called "Bids for Kids" will lets guests make a difference by sponsoring a child attending the Ann Storck Center's Preschool.


"We are so grateful to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the chefs and the hundreds of people who participate in this spectacular event to help the Ann Storck Center raise vital funds for the important services they provide," said Roz Perlmutter, event co-chair, together with fellow co-chairs Joan Ast, Marge Osceola and Doris Sipos.


Local restaurants and personalities confirmed to be a part of this year's event include 1500 at Eden Roc, Aruba Beach Cafe, Bamboo Noahs, BlueBell Creameries, Bob Roth's New River Groves, Brooks Restaurant, Cafe Prima Pasta, Casa D'Angelo, Chef Elisa's Catering, Dapur, Galler Chocolatier, Hard Rock Cafe, Hell's Kitchen contestant - Robyn Almodovar, Jimmie's Chocolates, Kitchen 305, Malcolm's , Oceans 234, Renegade BBQ, Rip's Sports Bar & Grill, Seminole Hard Rock & Casino, Steak 954, Tatu Asian Restaurant, Timpano Italian Chophouse, Whole Foods and Wholesome Meals.


The 19th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction to benefit the Ann Storck Center is supported by a dynamic organizing committee including Susan Renneisen, Sarah Moss, Calla Gutter, Alyssa Lovitt, and Steven Lessne.


Tickets are $150 per person or $275 per couple. For more information about the upcoming 19th Annual Ann Storck Center Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction, please contact Jennifer Homan at (954) 584-8000 or .


About the Ann Storck Center

Fifty years ago, Nurse Ann Storck brought hope and a chance to gain independence to a special group of children who were developmentally disabled. Today, the Ann Storck Center, named in her honor, serves over 300 children and adults with severe and multiple developmental disabilities, including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism and mental retardation. The Ann Storck Center neighborhood campus in Fort Lauderdale features a preschool for infants and toddlers up to five years old, a developmental training program, and three family-like homes for children and adults with severe and/or multiple disabilities. The Center also operates four professionally staffed and equipped homes in other local neighborhoods, including the Gizmo House, a high-tech "smart" single family home for six residents, and the Pembroke Pines Cluster.  For more information, please visit


About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to PLAYHARD!  Play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida's ultimate entertainment destination. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold 'em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, 2,500 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player's Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef's Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold 'em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe -Hollywood, part of Hard Rock's 138 globally recognized rock 'n' roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 19 restaurants, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, the Body Rock Spa, 22 boutique shops, 14 bars/nightclubs and lounges, the 400-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at or .