Miami’s Top Chefs to Dish Up Support for M-DCPS.

Culinary stars Michelle Bernstein and Douglas Rodriguez head a stellar line-up of Miami chefs dishing up an evening of gourmet bites to benefit innovative programs for Miami-Dade public school students Nov. 1, 7-9 p.m., at the DoubleTree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay, 1717 North Bayshore Drive in Miami.

All proceeds from the event, “Cooking Up Dreams,” go to the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, supporting Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Tickets are $75, including complimentary bar, and are available at

Michelle Bernstein and Douglas Rodriguez

Joining Bernstein (Michy’s, Sra. Martinez) and Rodriguez (De Rodriguez Cuba, Ola at the Sanctuary) are 11 of Miami’s top chefs: David Asraf (Briza on the Bay), Timon Balloo (Sugar Cane), Susan Bleemer (Catering the Event), Steve Calandra (DoubleTree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay), Sarah Paz Claro (The Office Cake), Richard L. Ingraham (personal chef to Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade), Berni Matz (Books and Books Lincoln Road), Mokoto Okuwa (Makoto Bal Harbour), Horacio Rivadero (The Dining Room), Carmen Trigueros (La Bottega), Peter Vauthy (Red Steakhouse), and Kris Wessel (Red Light Little River).

The evening also features cuisine by M-DCPS culinary arts students from Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center, Miami Lakes Educational Center, and Robert Morgan Educational Center. Sponsors include the DoubleTree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay, Bacardi USA, Thunder Electrical Contractors, Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach, and VineCraft.

The Foundation was created by the Miami-Dade County School Board to enhance student achievement and community engagement in support of The Parent Academy and other educational initiatives of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. For more information, visit or call (305) 995.1367.

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