Signature Chefs


Katzaroff, Lori
[email protected] | (602) 686-7342
[email protected] Katzaroff, Lori

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Signature Chefs Auction, Phoenix

DATE: Sunday, November 14, 2021  |  TIME: 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Talking Stick Resort
ADDRESS: 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256


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Please note, in response to the rising number of COVID cases across the U.S., March of Dimes has adopted a COVID safety policy to safeguard the health of every guest, volunteer and family who gather at in-person events. This policy includes vaccine or testing (negative test results must derive from a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the in-person event), as well as masking requirements for participation in March of Dimes events.

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The chefs, volunteers and guests who make up our Signature Chefs Events community are coming together in new, innovative ways to suport moms and babies this year.

We are following state mandated guidelines in response to COVID-19 and will not have an in-person event this year. So, we are preparing an exciting, new Virtual Gala for your 2020 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction experience!

We need your help now more than ever. Your support funds:

  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks and so much more!

Support the mission

Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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We are so excited to be back in person this year with all of you, raising mission critical funds for moms and babies while enjoying the culinary delights of amazing chefs from restaurants and resorts around the Valley! Our silent and live auctions are returning, with unique and exclusive packages to bid on...and our Mystery Box Raffle will include gift cards to local restaurants and a GRAND PRIZE from House of Diamonds! You'll hear from our 2021 Event Chair Hilla Sferruzza (CFO for Meritage Homes), and other wonderful guest speakers, and everyone will have an opportunity to help FUND THE MISSION of March of Dimes.

Top sponsors and donors will be invited for a sneak peek of the festivities at our VIP Preview Party, which will be held on September 14, 2021, at Chateau Luxe in North Phoenix.  Six additional chefs will provide a 3-course meal in a more intimate setting, and our Mission Ambassador Family will make a guest appearance to share their story.  

Our 2020 SIGNATURE CHEFS CHAMPION COMPETITION was a breakout success! We featured 10 chefs in their quest to be crowned the 2020 Signature Chefs Champion! Each chef created a delicious dish featuring nutrients vital to a healthy pregnancy, which was shared via video on social media. Viewers voted for their favorite chef by donating to their linked fundraising page benefiting March of Dimes Arizona. Contributions were combined with scores from our special celebrity judges to determine the winner. Chef Ned Heath of Intentional Foods will be returning this year to defend his Signature Chefs Champion title against a vibrant slate of competitors. The 2021 winner will be announced at the VIP Preview Party and will serve as our VIP Reception Chef on November 14th at Talking Stick Resort. Check out the list of chefs below, and be sure to cast your vote with your donation dollars for March of Dimes!


Tony Rea
Creations in Cuisine
VIP Preview Party Chef

Brynda Felix
Vera & Co
VIP Preview Party Chef

Michelle Daniels
All About Food
VIP Preview Party Chef

Brett Vibber
WILD! Arizona
VIP Preview Party Chef

Cory Oppold
SimmerDown Meals
VIP Preview Party Chef

Maurice Gordon
Chateau Luxe
VIP Preview Party Chef

Ned Heath
Intentional Foods
2020 Signature Chefs Champion & 2021 Competitor

Greg Smith
Ling & Louie's
2020/2021 Competitor

Michelle Jacobs
2020/2021 Competitor

Adam Allison
HandleBar Diner
2021 Competitor

Jennifer Russo
The Market Restaurant + Bar
2021 Competitor

Mario Rana
Osteria Mia
2021 Competitor

Joey Maggiore
Sicilian Butcher
2021 Competitor

Danielle Realmonte
Mowry & Cotton
2021 Competitor

Tom Freimuth
Talking Stick Resort
2021 Host Chef

Ken Arneson
Alter Ego Tempe, at Canopy by Hilton
2021 Signature Chef

Derek Upton
In collaboration with
The Clarendon Hotel
2021 Signature Chef

Josh Bracher
Driscoll Cuisine & Cocktail Concepts
2021 Signature Chef

Eric Howson
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale
2021 Signature Chef

Thomas Riordan
Sheraton Grand WildHorse Pass
2021 Signature Chef

Tom & Lin Baumbach
Tom & Lin Catering (TLC)
2021 Signature Chefs


March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.

For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now we're building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn't go according to plan. We advocate for policies that prioritize their health. We support radical improvements to the care they receive. And we pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies.

Data shows that the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations in the world for childbirth. Over 700 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes, and the CDC reports that 60% are preventable. The preterm birth rate is on the rise. Two babies die every hour in the United States. 
By joining our Signature Chefs community you are making a big difference!



A limited number of Sponsorships are still available! Reserve your spot today!

Contact Lori Katzaroff, Senior Development Manager:
 [email protected] or 602-686-7342.

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