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The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar’s Executive Chef Dewey LoSasso will be one of Chefs With A Purpose:HAITI’s featured culinary greats on Wednesday night at the InterContinental Miami from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

LoSasso, raised in southern New Jersey, humbly started his culinary career making pizzas as a child in his family’s home pizza kitchen.

Born into an Italian family where his culinary skills and an appreciation of local ingredients were encouraged from a young age, LoSasso remembers his mother hand-selecting lush Jersey tomatoes for her ripe tomato salad – a family favorite that LoSasso ate with crusty Italian bread, sopping up the juices. At age 13 LoSasso realized his passion for cooking when, as a dishwasher at a local Italian restaurant, he began bringing home his daily duty of peeling two quarts of garlic in order to have more time to absorb the culture of the kitchen. He proceeded to work in the kitchen at five additional restaurants prior to graduating from high school.

LoSasso has been a mainstay in the culinary scene for more than 30 years, holding various executive posts, and even a stint as Donatella Versace’s personal chef. When LoSasso heard about The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar’s search for a new executive chef, he opted for a new challenge. LoSasso proved the best of eight world-class chefs after a personal, in-home tasting by Forge owner Shareef Malnik.

In a recent Kitchen Confidential interview LoSasso mentioned several Forge favorites such as Lobster Peanut Butter and Jelly; Coffee-crusted Ribeye and Goat Cheese Frittata, appropriately named “Coffee and Eggs”; Crispy Chocolate Chestnut Ravioli with a Snickers dipping sauce.

Come see what LoSasso will cook up this Wednesday night, March 30 at Chefs With A Purpose:HAITI! Tickets are still available and are $80 online, but will be $100 at the door. So click here to purchase your tickets now and save!

All proceeds from the event benefiting the Haiti rebuilding efforts of Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. and International Firefighters Assistance, Inc. (IFA).

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The InterContinental Miami is preparing its second annual Chefs With a Purpose: Haiti fundraising event for March 30, 2011 benefiting Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. and International Firefighters Assistance, Inc. (IFA).

Both organizations have been providing assistance to Haiti well before the 2010 earthquake and were present, ready to assist, in the Port-Au-Prince ‘ground zero’ at the moment tragedy struck.  This year, the organizations are joining forces and leveraging their resources to collaborate on efforts to train emergency responders and critical care medical workers in Haiti

The Chefs With A Purpose: Haiti event was conceived after the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010.  At the time, the InterContinental Miami reached out to its staff to determine how many were from and/or had family in Haiti.  Nearly 90 employees, approximately one-fifth of the hotel’s staff, were affected.   The hotel assisted its employees and families in a variety of ways such as assistance in locating lost loved ones and monetary and product donations.  The fundraising event was created shortly thereafter to be able to have a greater reach in assisting the people of Haiti.

The InterContinental Miami organizes this event by donating its staff time and event space and services with 100 percent of the event proceeds going the Project Medishare and IFA.

Chefs With A Purpose: Haiti was born of compassion and the urgency to partner with local community organizations in the relief efforts.  We are honored to partner for the second year with International Firefighters Assistance and to begin a new partnership with Project Medishare,“ Robert Hill, General Manager of the InterContinental Miami said. “One year later, this event takes on a greater importance because Haiti is not forgotten.  More than ever we need to continue to promote awareness and provide much needed help that is still required.“

Dr. Barth A. Green, Co-Founder and President of Project Medishare is delighted about the partnership between his organization and Chefs with a Purpose: Haiti.

Project Medishare serves hundreds of thousands of people throughout Haiti with programs ranging from community health and development to trauma and critical care,” Dr. Green said.  “The most important ingredients in our recipe for Haiti are creating infrastructure and sustainable programs including capacity building (i.e. train the trainers) which are all mixed together to create a final product labeled long-term commitment.”

Lt. Nate Lasseur, Founder and President of International Firefighters Assistance, said he too feels fortunate to be partnering with both InterContinental Miami and Project Medishare.

“There is strength in unity and we feel so fortunate to be partnering with the InterContinental Miami again, as well as Project Medishare,” Lt. Lasseur said.  “Together we can leverage resources to do more and empower the Haitian people to respond to and prevent the numerous public safety and health concerns they face.  We can’t stop emergencies from occurring, but we can help Haiti better prepare for them.”

Guests of Chefs With A Purpose: Haiti will be greeted with music of renowned Haitian performers Mushy Widmaier and Phyllisia Ross.  The event will feature over 20 tasting stations each offering a signature menu item by the participating top chefs.  The evening’s silent auction will feature items ranging from hotel stays, unique dining experiences, art and other luxury items. A new addition this year is a Haitian art exhibit by Michele Frisch, Haiti’s leading art curator and collector. From March 16 through April 6, the lobby of the InterContinental Miami will feature Haitian art from the Galerie Marassa collection and coincide with arteaméricas, the premier fair of art from Latin America.

Advanced purchase tickets are $80 and will available starting Friday, February 18 here.

Chefs With A Purpose’s website will also feature updates on the chefs and the evening festivities as it becomes available.

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