The best of the best in First Coast food returned to the Avenues Mall on Oct. 25 for the 32nd annual Caring Chefs event, benefitting the Children’s Home Society of Florida. The event is touted as the biggest and best food and wine tasting in Jacksonville, hosting crowds of upwards of 2,000 attendees in the mall to sample cuisine from across Northeast Florida.
Both levels of the Avenues Mall were taken over by restaurant vendor booths as visitors were invited to roam, the halls sampling wine and spirits while listening to live music, all in the name of helping children. More than 10 new restaurants joined the roster this year including Orsay, Black Sheep, Table 1, Kazu Japanese Restaurant and Terra Guacha Brazilian Steakhouse.
Thirty years ago, the board of directors for the Children’s Home Society of Florida began the Caring Chefs event in hopes of gaining community support for their cause. The event supports the group’s overall mission: embracing children, inspiring lives.
The proceeds from Caring Chefs are a major portion of the funding for the 22 programs that provide aide and prevention of child abuse. The programs are broken down into three categories: embracing families, residential and clinical programs.
For more information found at www.chsfl.org/caringchefs.