Thank you to all who joined us for the 2017 Delicious Destinations Celebrity Chef Luncheon!
St. Vincent’s Foundation is excited to announce our 2017 Celebrity Chef, Chef Lior Lev Sercarz!
Lior Lev Sercarz is the chef, spice blender and owner of La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in New York City. Lior and La Boîte have been featured in publications including The New York Times, Vogue, In Style Magazine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Food & Wine Magazine and the SAVEUR 100.
After completing three years as a sergeant of the Israeli army, Lior traveled to South America where he further developed a passion for cooking and world cuisines. As his interest in cooking evolved, he decided to enroll in culinary school at the acclaimed Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. During that time, he did an externship with chef Olivier Roellinger in Cancale, France. Roellinger had earned three Michelin stars at Les Maisons de Bricourt, his hotel and restaurant, where he displayed a rare understanding of spices, blends, oils, and pastes.
In 2002, Lior brought his newfound understanding of spice blending with him to New York, where he had the honor of working with chef Daniel Boulud as a sous chef and catering chef at his flagship restaurant, Daniel. He left Daniel in 2006 to start La Boîte, launching the company by making and selling a line of French biscuits as well as experimenting with the use of spices. In 2011, after working more with spices, he opened La Boîte Biscuits & Spices, an art gallery and spice shop in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. Each season, the artists whose work adorns his cookie tins also show their work in the gallery.
Since the beginning of his career, Lior has worked closely with chefs from around the world, developing custom blends for them and for other customers with all levels of cooking experience. In 2012, he produced a cookbook entitled The Art of Blending, which features 41 blends along with recipes and cooking tips provided by renowned chefs and culinary minds including Gail Simmons, Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Apollonia Poilâne.
His second book, The Spice Companion, is a distillation of his 30 years of experience. This illustrated guide to 102 spices, complete with blends and recipe ideas was published by Clarkson Potter in November 2016.
We would love for you to join us in experiencing the cuisine of Chef Lior at Delicious Destinations’ Celebrity Chef by the Sea Luncheon on Thursday, September 7, 2017. To purchase tickets please click here.
Check out the photos from last year’s event HERE!
St. Vincent’s would like to thank Aaron Mervin with Head Shots Studio for his amazing work over the past 18 years! Make sure to look out for Aaron at all of our St. Vincent’s Foundation events.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from Delicious Destinations benefit St. Vincent’s Community Outreach Programs, which provide access to free medical care for underprivileged children, men, and women throughout the area. These ministries serve our most vulnerable citizens–the poor and disadvantaged, the underserved, and the uninsured.
One such program is St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry (MHOM), which began in 1991 providing acute and preventive medical care to those who are medically underserved in Northeast Florida, by bringing fully staffed doctors offices to the neighborhoods where its services are needed most.
The MHOM primarily focuses on three areas where the underserved, uninsured and underinsured are most prevalent in our region:
- The Rural Outreach Ministry serves the men and women who work in the agricultural fields of Putnam and St. Johns Counties.
- The Urban Outreach Ministry reaches out to the working poor and homeless within the neighborhoods of Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties.
- The Pediatric Outreach Ministry provides children attending 24 schools in Duval County’s with access to medical care.
Free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings, flu shots, immunizations and school physicals are examples of preventive services provided through MHOM. Medical needs range from detecting and treating chronic illnesses like asthma, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions, to common ailments like respiratory infections, nutritional problems and hearing, vision and dental issues.
St. Vincent’s relies upon the generosity of our donors to continue delivering these critically important health services to the poor and disadvantaged in our community. Your participation in Delicious Destinations, and your enthusiastic support of our many terrific Live and Silent Auction packages, plays an invaluable role in helping the St. Vincent’s HealthCare Foundation continue this vital work.
The 16th annual Delicious Destinations – Jacksonville’s Premier Food & Wine Event will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 7-9, 2017 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Delicious Destinations is one of the St. Vincent’s HealthCare Foundation’s signature annual events, and we rely heavily on the support of our sponsors, not only so that we can present this fabulous culinary weekend, but also to fund our core mission of bringing critically needed healthcare to the doorsteps of the disadvantaged, underserved, poor and uninsured in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.
Your sponsorship of this established and well-regarded event elevates your company’s visibilty among the upscale Northeast Florida/Southern Georgia demographic that the event attracts, and positions your company as a strong advocate for community responsibility and improved quality of life in our region.
Delicious Destinations attracts a highly select and sought-after audience of 800+ patrons to the weekend’s three signature events. These events are:
- Celebrity Chef By The Sea Luncheon, held Thursday, September 7th, which features a nationally known chef in a demonstration-style luncheon; attendance is limited to 320.
- Major Donor and Sponsor Preview Reception, held Friday, September 8th, which provides a rare opportunity for high-level sponsors to network and meet the weekend’s culinary stars.
- Delicious Destinations – A Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting, held Saturday, September 9th, which features executive chefs from exclusive five-star resorts throughout the South, who prepare their special dishes while pairing them with fine wines provided by Southern Wine & Spirits of North Florida. The event also features a boisterous live auction chaired by a celebrity emcee, as well as a substantial silent auction. Last year, participaing chefs included the Executive Chefs from Mar-a-Lago, The Breakers, The Greenbrier, and the Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club, among others, and we are firming up commitments with the same chefs for this year’s gala weekend. Attendance is approximately 500.
We can assure you that you and your guests will agree that Delicious Destinations is the event that everyone wants to attend. We hope you will join us as a sponsor of this event, and review the sponsorship benefits listed below. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent’s Community Outreach Programs.
For more information about becoming a sponsor of Delicious Destinations, please contact: