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Signature Chefs Auction, Baltimore

DATE: Monday, October 29, 2018  |  Time: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
ADDRESS: 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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Every year more than 15 million babies are born prematurely; one 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.


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chair and committee members who after months of hard work, help take the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the volunteer leaders who make the event possible.

Chair: Eric Marhoun



This year's Chef Honorees are Jim and Melissa Benson from Eleven Courses Catering & Event Co. A Baltimore native, Chef Jim Benson's first and only culinary job before launching Eleven Courses was illegal. Just barely a teenager, not officially old enough to work, Jim got a job at a local grocery store in the produce department. He fell in love with the simplicity, beauty and freshness that surrounded him every day and started bringing his work home. Over a decade later, after graduating college, countless dinner parties for friends and family and extensive international travel, Jim created Eleven Courses with his wife, Melissa.

Jim is regularly featured on FOX, ABC, CBS, and USA for the latest in wedding, food and event trends.

Melissa grew up in a very food-centric family - exposed to great restaurants from a young age and used to something always cooking in the kitchen. "Family dinners were a big deal in my house and every night was a true celebration of good food and people. Jim and I met in college and he started spoiling me with his cooking right away. We entertained all of the time, and I was constantly going out and buying new place settings, centerpieces, etc. to design the perfect event. After one epic eleven course party, our journey began - weddings, galas, corporate affairs and soirees of all kinds."

"We are thrilled to serve as the 2018 Chef Honorees for Signature Chefs Baltimore!"

Chef Honorees: Melissa and Jim Benson of Eleven Courses Catering & Event Co.


Put your business in front of a large and affluent audience; partner your business with the urgent mission of the March of Dimes and support the health of babies here in Baltimore and across Maryland by sponsoring this year’s Signature Chefs Auction. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tina Cavucci at 571-257-2308.


Join us for the Signature Chefs Auction - Baltimore. The event offers an evening of fine food, wine and fabulous auction items. You will be able to taste exquisite sample dishes of over 25 of the area's celebrated chefs all in one evening. The tasting and silent auction begin at 6:00 pm and the live auction will begin at 8:00 pm. The emcee for the evening will be Jessica Kartalija from WJZ- TV.

2018 CHEFS

Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event.

Honorary Chefs
Chef Jim and Melissa Benson, Eleven Courses Catering and Event Co.

Signature Chefs
Chefs Bryan Bernstein & Patty Emanueli, Saval Foods
Chef Nino Germano, La Scala Ristorante
Chef Carlos Gomez, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Chef Jason Hisley, Cake by Jason Hisley
Maria Fleischmann, Innovative Gourmet
Chef Scott Hines, B&O American Brasserie
Grilled Cheese & Co.
Chef Jamie Buschman, Roy's Restaurant
Chef Evan Orser, McFaul's IronHorse Tavern
Chef Sean Gomez, Pairings Bistro
Vida Taco Bar
Chef Bill Tien, Matsuri
Chef Craig Curbean and Chef Dante Davis, Taste This
Chef Mike Broglia, Birroteca Baltimore
Chef Carl Zimmerman and Chef Anthony Gitangu, The Yard
John Linderman, Barrett's Grill and Glyndon Grill
Chef Tony Jerbi , Linwoods
Chef Steve Monnier, Chez Hugo Bistro


Media Sponsors

Thanks to our Media Sponsors for supporting the Signature Chef's Auction.

WCBM, Best In-House Photography, Downtown Diane , Heid-N-Seek, JZ Eats