More than 40 Miami chefs, bartenders, and industry pros are auctioning off 30 minutes of their time for a fundraiser called #AskChefsAnything, which raises fund to feed immigrant workers. The event has already raised more than $75,000 in cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.
The Miami line-up includes people like Antonio Bachour, Michelle Bernstein, Michael Schwartz, Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi, Lee Brian Schrager, Jeremy Ford, Lorena Garcia, Jose Mendin, Ingrid Hoffman, and Brad and Soraya Kilgore. The auction lets guests bid on 30-minute video chat with their chef of choice where they can talk about whatever they’d like — from recipes, cooking tips, the state of Miami’s food scene, and so forth. Starting bids begin at at $100.
The organization was started by Gaeleen Quinn and Anna Polonsky, both consultants in the hospitality industry, who wanted to support undocumented workers who can’t access unemployment benefits and have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus shutdown.
The group has teamed up with national restaurant supplier Chefs’ Warehouse, which is selling Ask Chefs Anything deeply discounted groceries, that they then plan to distribute to the immigrant community in Homestead. In fundraisers in other cities, the organization has been able to distribute 20,000 to 35,000 meals with the funds collected from the auction, and they are hoping to do the same here in the Magic City.
To make a bid visit here. The auction is available through May 31 at 8 p.m.