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Signature Chefs Auction, Memphis

DATE: Thursday, November 15, 2018  |  Time: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Guesthouse at Graceland
ADDRESS: 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN 38116

For more information please contact Rosa Potts at 901-800-0346.


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Join us for 2018 Memphis Signature Chefs Auction, as Memphis’ finest culinary talent come to support the March of Dimes. This year's event marks the 80th anniversary for March of Dimes, and we are celebrating at the Guesthouse at Graceland. The Signature Chefs Auction is a high profile black-tie gala that pays tribute to the culinary excellence of our prominent chefs, while raising money to improve the health of all moms and babies. From your arrival at the event you will enjoy the chance to taste the chef's creations while bidding on the Silent and Super Silent Auction packages, before taking your seats for the Live Auction and Fund the Mission. Enjoy the evening with your friends, while you bid on our unique packages, and raise your paddle to Fund the Mission and give generously to save babies.


We are so excited and fortunate to have Lea Carr, Paragon Bank and Sharon Posman, Lipscomb & Pitts as this year's event Co-Chairs. This year's goal is $160,000, and we look forward to surpassing it with their leadership. 

Event Co-Chairs: Lea Carr & Sharon Posman
Lead Chef: Josh Steiner, Strano by Chef Josh
Revenue Chair: Kelly Bunch
Auction Co-Chairs: Carissa Shumaker
Communications Chair: Ron Wong

Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present this year's Signature Chefs event. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this evening possible.


We are excited to have Chef Josh Steiner as this year's Lead Chef for our Signature Chefs Auction.
He will bring great leadership and the recruitment of the finest chefs, Memphis has to offer.
Thank you, Chef Josh!


Strano's Chef Josh Steiner grew up in a predominately Sicilian and Moroccan kitchen under the watchful eye of his two grandmothers. This upbringing has inspired him to create dishes that are based on very old and authentic family recipes with a modern Sicilian twist. Josh was raised in Memphis, TN. and he graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School. As a teen, he started as a bus boy and dishwasher in a neighborhood restaurant and worked his way up to one of the chefs of the restaurant. After getting a taste of the benefits of a chef's lifestyle, Josh decided to make it his life and enrolled in L'ecole Culinaire. During his studies he decided he wanted follow his passions to Italy to learn traditional cooking techniques from the kitchens of the Sicilian masters.


While in Sicily, Josh trained his palate in classes featuring tastings of olive oil, chocolates as well as wine. He frequented the local bustling food market in Palermo then worked side by side with Chef Vincenzo to create the traditional Sicilian dishes. Josh spent time in a local Modica restaurant working in the kitchen to help create their regional specialties. In Taormina, not far from Mt. Etna, Josh learned true Sicilian cooking from true Sicilians.


Sicilian cuisine is perhaps the most celebrated in all of Italy because of the exceptionally fresh ingredients that are readily available thanks to the gloriously mild Mediterranean climate. It is also a confluence of the people's that inhabited the island over the ages including the Greeks, Romans, Normans, Arabs and Spanish. This fits in well with Josh's own fused Moroccan and Italian roots. On this journey, Chef Josh learned the value of using natural ingredients to create delicious and delicate cuisine. The cuisine of Sicily, from cannoli to couscous is as complex as its history and beauty that also include the island's world famous wines. Chef Josh's cuisine is both genuine and elegant as he strives to use only local seasonal ingredients and products to ensure your experience at Strano is as fresh and authentic as possible.


Join us for this Evening of Giving, and become a sponsor for this exciting event. With your support, we will surpass our goal of $160,000! We are looking forward to moving to an astonishing new venue where we will be celebration the March of Dimes 80th Anniversary by going back to the 80’s, the 1980’s. The 2018 Memphis Signature Chefs Auction will change lives!

Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Signature Chefs event, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Kristin Davidson, 901-800-0344.


This year's Ambassadors are Smith, Parker, and Jackson Forbush. This year we will share the story of brothers who truly are determined and strong.

Every year more than 15 million babies are born prematurely; a million will die before their first birthday as a result. With your gift at Signature Chefs to the March of Dimes, you can help to fund the research, education, and support to ensure more babies celebrate their birthday.
The March of Dimes is dedicated to giving every baby a healthy start in life. The key ingredient is you. 

By contributing as a Fund the Mission donor, you make a significant contribution to the March of Dimes. 


The Signature Chefs participating in the event, is what makes this event so amazing. Nowhere else can you have the best in culinary, all in one evening! A HUGE thank you to this year's Lead Chef, Josh Steiner, Executive Chef and Owner of Strano by Chef Josh.
This year's panel of chefs is sure to be the largest and best yet. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event.
*Check back for updates*



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