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Pay it Forward: Popular event features fine food — and did we mention chocolate?

Alana St. John, Melissa Novak, Co-Chairwoman Stephanie Economos, Custodia Olivieri, Co-Chairwoman Laura Kendrall and Shanna St. John. Photo provided

By Amy Woods
    
The food-focused fundraiser that has made the Junior League of Boca Raton the charity of choice for chocolate-lovers will enter its 13th year with a new theme and venue.
    Flavors: Farm to Fork debuts March 13 at the Sonoma House, an indoor/outdoor banquet facility with a lodge-like look and a California-country feel. All the fare at the culinary celebration will be sustainable and nutritious.
    But will there be chocolate?
    “Yes, of course, there will be chocolate,” said Laura Kendrall, event co-chairwoman and coastal Delray Beach resident. “How could we forget to pay homage to [our] successful Chocolate Decadence events?”
    This year’s guests will be treated to the Decadent Chocolate Dessert Lounge, offering a variety of sinful sweets from South County bakeries and restaurants.
    Kendrall is co-chairing the event with Stephanie Economos and Chef Chairman Patrick Broadhead, of Max’s Grille and Max’s Harvest fame.
    “My goal with the Flavors event is layered a little bit,” Broadhead said. “The No. 1 goal is to raise money and awareness regarding childhood hunger. Secondly, though, we would like to raise awareness about  our local scene regarding farms and farmers and how they’ve grown in the area.”
    Proceeds from the evening will benefit Junior League programs that address child welfare and hunger.
    “I’m donating my time for this event because I believe in the cause,” Broadhead said. “I have a 3-year-old, which brings to light the issues surrounding the event, and it hits a lot closer to home.”
    In addition to the locally sourced, diversely flavored organic food, Flavors: Farm to Fork will feature an open bar, a silent auction and live music.
    “What better incentive to stamp out childhood hunger than to come together at such an incredible venue under the stars in South Florida in March, with some of the best restaurants providing top-notch tastings?” Broadhead asked. “I felt it was my duty to be the chef chairperson.” 

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