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April culinary fundraisers benefit heart health

Two fundraisers to benefit the Florida Hearrt Research Institute will be held in April
Two fundraisers to benefit the Florida Hearrt Research Institute will be held in April
Florida Heart Research Institute

The month of April brings two delicious ways to dine and help raise funds to fight heart disease in Miami well, when the Florida Heart Research Institute hosts Driven to Dine, and Heart of a Chef.

Driven to Dine, is a one-of-a-kind luxurious experience that takes place on Saturday, April 14. The evening kicks off with an exclusive cocktail reception and live auction. Then, guests will gather into groups of eight, select a sealed envelope containing the name of one of several top South Florida restaurants, and be ferried there in a stretch limo. At the restaurant, they will partake of an elegant multi-course heart-healthy dinner. Then, the limo will return them to their starting place.

The cost is $625 per person or $5,000 for the entire limo, which seats eight. Restaurants include 1500 Degrees at the Eden Rock Renaissance Miami Beach, Crave, dbBistro Moderne, Edge, Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons Miami, Flemings Prime Steakhouse, La Cofradia, Red the Steakhouse, Tudor House, Trulock's and J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

The second event, "Heart of a Chef," takes place at on April 29 and is a family friendly event that will be held at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.

This food festival targets childhood obesity, which is rising, and leads to heart disease. This fun event features food and wine tastings, along with educational seminars designed to give families the tools they need to make health-conscious decisions.

The event features Short Chef, a culinary expert who is dedicated to educating kids about proper nutrition. Also, the Heart of a Chef's annual culinary battle will be held. This year's cook-off features two local culinary heavyweights -Joshua Wahler, executive chef at Crave versus Giorgio Rapicavoli. Wahler is an alumnus of TV's Hell's Kitchen and Rapicavoli was a recent winner on the TV show Chopped.

Tickets are $30 each, and each adult ticket includes admission for two children.

The Florida Heart Research Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping heart disease through research, education and prevention. Founded in 1944, the organization also offers free services to the community, including onsite and offsite screening programs for the underserved and uninsured.

More info: Florida Heart Research Institute

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