Aggressively Cooking at the Gourmet Soiree

FHGourmetSoireeLogoImagine being in a room filled with 70 chefs, 700 people cooking amazing food, and Robert Irvine…….. 


How fun was it for Aggressive Appliances to be involved in this years Gourmet Soiree held at the Rosen Shingle Creek?  It was incredible! This evening of fundraising, fun, and interactive dining hosted by Food Network’s Robert Irvine included live and silent auctions, and a healthy meal prepared by 70 local chefs with assistance of 10 guests at each table.  


Our table chef was Cheryl Jaskot and our guests were from VCNA Prestige Concrete Products. Each person had a hand in creating an amazing dish to be submitted for judging….and they only had 30 minutes to prepare and plate a delicious, creative dish that would make the judges stop and take notice.   Ultimately, congrats went to Chef Laurent Hollaender with The Boheme Restaurant, but all the tables presented dishes that made it difficult to pick just one. All the guests were able to sit and dine together, enjoying the entrée they just created. Wonderful side dishes were provided by the resort. Our table guests had a great time and left with swag bags filled with goodies from Aggressive and our top vendors.


The great food, chefs, and fun evening of cooking was just a backdrop to the real reason for the Gourmet Soiree….to raise funds for Florida Hospital and their Children’s Mission Fit Possible Program.  Fit is an educational program focused on promoting health and wellness and preventing childhood obesity among kids ages 2 -18.  The Culinary Community came together and raised over $250,000 and counting (!!!) making a significant investment in the health of our community’s children.gs2016-4

The perfect ending to this wonderful evening was an endless array of desserts from local vendors that filled the lobby with everything from Sprinkles cupcakes to yummy frozen yogurt complete with an abundance of toppings to choose from. 

We have to say thank you to the 2016 Chairperson Extraordinaire, Kendra Lott with Edible Orlando and the Talented Chef for the night and Vice Chairperson, Gary Appelsies with YMCA of Central Florida. Props also have to be given to Whole Foods for providing the freshest pantry items and to Sysco for supplying the protein.  Plus, it is always a good event when the lovely Emily Ellyn is there! She is an Honorary Committee Member and was a judge for the event. 

It goes without saying, that Aggressive Appliances was honored to be a part of the 2016 Gourmet Soiree, and we can’t wait for next year!

~Blog Content Written and Photos provided by Tina Wilson (pictured below on the left)