Appetite for the Arches: A Gourmet Fundraiser by @RMHC Ronald Mcdonald House Charities!

Ronald Mcdonald House of Charities® has come up with something fresh and unique for the people of Orlando for an evening of palate-pleasing fun.  A Chef’s Event with a Twist on March 1st 2014.  At Appetite for the Arches, some of Central Florida’s finest chefs will create an assortment of culinary delights using McDonald’s® ingredients. The chef’s signature dishes will showcase their creativity and skills, as well as the quality and freshness of McDonald’s ingredients.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida finds, creates, and supports programs that directly support the health and well-being of children and families. RMHCCF has come to mean hope, healing, and strength for over 18,000 families. Find out why we are truly “The House that Love Built.”

Recently I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek (and taste!) of Appetite for the Arches. Some of my favorite local chefs Chefs Julie and James Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant, and Chef Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon prepared dishes using McDonald’s ingredients including cocktails.


Here are some fine examples of the creativity of these brilliant chefs. I can’t wait to see what other mouthwatering dishes will be presented with humble ingredients at the event on March 1st.

Chef Kathleen Blake created Charmoula Chicken, Salt and Vinegar Potato Crisp, & Pickled Red Onions from Mcdonald’s chicken breast, hash brown, and red onions. It was the perfect bite!

Charmoula Chicken

Chef Kevin made Chipotle BBQ Beef Enchilada, Caramelized Onions, & Southwestern Veggie Salad using McDonald’s® Ingredients: Steak, Tortillas, Iceberg Lettuce, Southwest Veggies, Cherry Tomatoes, White Onions, Cheese, Chipotle BBQ Sauce. Sweet & Spicy – this enchilada will surely warm your soul!

Chipotle BBQ Beef Enchilada,

The ingenious Chef James Petrakis pièce de résistance was Brandade Fritter with Smoked Tomato Bolognese from McDonald’s® Ingredients: Fish filets, Hamburger, Pork Sausage, Bacon, & Cherry Tomatoes. The vibrancy of the smoked tomato sauce combined with warm fritter was a match made in foodie haven!

Brandade Fritter

And for the sweet finale, Chef Julie Petrakis indulged us with a Caramel Apple Bread Pudding, Oatmeal Raisin Streusel, &Vanilla Ice Cream. McDonald’s® Ingredients: Cinnamelts, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Apple Slices, Lemon, Milk, Eggs, Caramel Sauce, & Vanilla Ice Cream. On this crisp winter evening, it was the star of the show!!

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding

Joining these illustrious Orlando Chefs are some of CFL’s fine dining restaurants including Blue Bird Bake Shop, Citrus, Cuisinier’s Catering, Eddie V’s, Luma on Park, SeaWorld Orlando, The Coop, The Ritz-Carlton, and Yardbird. You won’t want to miss being a part of this foodie celebration! Ticket sales – Click the ‘Register Now‘ button above to reserve your spot!

In addition to wonderful food, guests will enjoy drinks, lively music, and silent & live auction. For more details check out Ronald Mcdonald House Website.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida, Inc. are a home away for families with seriously ill children. Each year, over 1,600 families stay at one of our two Ronald McDonald Houses where they provide comfort and care. Families find hope and healing and help keep families together when they need it most. YOU can Help too – Ronald Mcdonald House.


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