Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Meal With A Mission

Somewhere in the world a person waits for a wheelchair or a walker that could change their housebound life; a doctor is in desperate need of a stethoscope or surgical dressings; health clinic staff yearn for a portable x-ray machine and a few blood pressure cuffs. Such things are plentiful here and hard to come by in many third world countries and underserved communities around the globe. Medwish International, a local non-profit founded in 1993, recovers lifesaving, life changing surplus medical supplies and equipment and redistributes them to developing nations.

On May 21st, from 7-10 PM, the 40,000 square foot warehouse on Euclid Avenue where stuff is stacked and stored before being shipped overseas is also a party center. It’s the 2011 Band Aid Bash, the organization’s annual fundraiser. Guests get music, a video conference with a recipient hospital, and food. But no rubber chicken for this charity bash. This year’s fabulous eats are provided by the highly regarded Spice of Life Catering. Linking up mission and menu, Chef Ben Bebenroth prepares dishes from parts of the world Medwish serves: Caribbean jerk chicken and plaintains; African inspired breads and dips; Middle Eastern lamb vindaloo; and South American style grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce.

Live and silent auctions include many unique and appealing culinary experiences:
-A wine- and cheese-tasting with Brandon Chrostowski, of L'Albatross, for you and ten of your closest friends
-Two seats at a Spice of Life Plated Landscape Dinner
-An opportunity to cook in the kitchen of "Fire," side-by-side with chef Doug Katz, and then enjoy a champagne brunch
-Dinner for four custom-created by Paladar’s executive chef Robert Cabrales.
-Tickets to the next Emerging Chefs event "Big Flavors. Bold Venues."

Think about this. You get your money’s worth in good food and good times. And what you’ve spent means babies and their mothers have a better shot at surviving, kids can grow up healthy, and their elders are more likely to reach a ripe old age. That’s quite a return on your investment. And those who focus their contributions on environmental causes should know that in 2010 Medwish kept 450 tons of medical surplus designated for disposal out of landfills by getting it to those who needed it. Tickets and info at MedWish . Those who don’t attend can get in on the giving-and some of the goodies- by making a bid in the online auction or purchasing a chance to win a classic sportscar.

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