Chef Allen’s offering four-course dinner in benefit series to aid Japan

By Lynn Carroll….

Chef Allen Susser with General Manager Kimberly Szewczyk

A dinner to benefit the people of Japan in their struggles following the recent tsunami will be held at 7 p.m. April 5th at Chef Allen’s, 19088 NE 29th Avenue. Cost is $150.

The dinner is part of a worldwide effort, says Kimberly Szewczyk, general manager and events coordinator for Chef Allen’s.

“Like millions of people around the world,” she says, “we’re watching Japan closely and want desperately to help.”

Szewczyk says the event here in Aventura is the second in a series that began at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia. Athird is already scheduled for April 13th at the Petit Palais in Paris.

“With the help of 10 high-profile and highly influential chefs here in the United States,” she says, “combined with the confirmed efforts of chefs from Japan, China, Morocco, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece and the U.K., we can not only raise funds to help those displaced and hungry in Japan, but do it quickly.”

The fundraiser at Chef Allen’s will start at 7 p.m. with an hour of sushi, sashimi and sake before a four-course dinner is served. Southern Wine & Spirits is donating the sake and wine.

The dinner will feature seared scallops with foie gras, mango jam and brioche toast; pan-roasted Cobia with farro, chorizo, local kale and wild Florida rock shrimp; slowroasted Kurabuta pork loin with sesame glazed sweet plantains and braised local greens, and a dessert of leeches & coconut Pana Cotta, macadamia nut Tuile and passion-fruit syrup.

For information on the overall effort by the world’s top chefs to aid Japan, visit online on or after April 1st, or email

For reservations to attend Chef Allen’s benefit, call 305-935-2900.

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