The Education Fund’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Charity Auction: The Art of Found Objects

Last Friday Foodies On The Fly attended The Education Fund’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Charity Auction: The Art of Found Objects at the beautiful Moore Building in the Miami Design District.

The Education Fund’s mission is to design and implement initiatives to improve our schools and bring excellence to public education in Miami-Dade. They operate up to a dozen initiatives at any given time to increase student achievement and have raised over $38 million for public schools. These funds have benefitted over 390 schools, 22,000 teachers, and 340,000 students in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Many of the pieces up for bid at The Art of Found Objects Charity Art Auction were made from materials found in The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials. This warehouse and distribution program collects surplus inventory and supplies from local businesses and makes them available gratis to the teachers and students of Miami-Dade Public Schools. Each item is one-of-a-kind, created and donated by the teachers, students and professional artists in the community. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the student and teacher pieces directly benefit the visual arts programs in our public schools.

There were almost 400 silent auction items, including found art pieces (check out our favorites here) and luxury items such as hotel getaways, restaurant gift certificates, massages, memberships and more. The first and second floor of the Moore building was filled with over 500 revelers who bid up until the last second to win these coveted items. There was a little over 2 hours to compete for items on the second floor and an hour and a half for the bottom floor. In the name of charity some items outbid the valued price while others, who didn’t wish to wait, simply committed to “OWN IT” for a fixed price. (Note: The Foodies on the Fly girls placed our bids on two beautiful pieces by Hiroshima Soto, a Teacher at Edison Park Elementary, but were outbid.) The auction turned out to be a big success and a Golin Harris representative confirmed that the event raised over $100,000. 

The evening also honored The Education Fund’s Public School Alumni Achievement Awards to 25 community leaders who graduated from Miami-Dade public schools, including the President & CEO if The Children’s Trust, Modesto Abety, Santana Moss, Washington Redskins All-Pro Wide Receiver, and Congresswomen, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Frederica Wilson of the United States House of Representatives, among others.

It wouldn’t be a Foodies on the Fly review without a nod to the food at the event, which was outstanding.  As we reported back in April, the menu presented at the Art of Found Objects event was a collaboration between the Robert Morgan Educational Center’s culinary arts students, helmed by Chef Paul Galadza and a handful of Miami’s own top chefs including: Chef Michelle Bernstein of Michy’s, Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, and Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile. Each of the famed chefs spent a day with the students at the Robert Morgan Educational Center and taught them a few of their recipes which were then beautifully translated at the event by the talented culinary arts students. Whole Foods generously sponsored all the edible delights and serving items needed to ensure that the event was only prepared with the finest quality ingredients. The epicurean feast included: Island Curried Crab Cakes, (spicy, bold, and very tasty)  Shrimp Tiradita (perfectly cooked with a creamy garlic infused sauce- recipe by Chef Bernstein here), Bacon Wrapped Dates with Gorgonzola (crispy bacon, paired with savory cheese and a sweet chewy date- these were our favorite!), St. Louis Style BBQ Ribs (sauced and smoked to perfection) and more (over 20 options in total) in addition to petit fours and cake pops at the end. If the evening was any indication these students are going to have a bright future in the culinary world. Who knows what Miami hotspots they might be opening up in their future?

The event was a resounding success, filled with upbeat music, good food and beverages (provided by Bacardi & Schnebly Redland’s Winery), and aisles and aisles of unique pieces of art, perfect for your home or office. We will be sure to mark our calendars for next year, and sharpen our bidding pencils.

Taste of the Nation Food Truck Expo at Feeding South Florida

This afternoon a handful of Miami based food trucks drove north to Feeding South Florida’s Pembroke Park location (just off Hallandale Beach Blvd.) to host a lunch and donate part of their proceeds to the Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation.

Share Our Strength® is a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America. Share Our Strength’s goal is to end childhood hunger in America. Working with others, we believe we can do this by 2015. It’s not enough to make sure America’s children have enough to eat; we must make sure they are getting the nutrition they need to live healthy, active lives.

Great food, close location, excellent cause, we are on our way!

The Ono sandwich - It means "tasty"

The Slow Food Truck
On the menu:
The Ono – it means “tasty” $7

What we thought: After trying the mini caramel bacon cupcake, and short rib slider, we decided it was time to go for a full size sandwich. We chose the Ono, a pulled pork sandwich with grilled pineapple, ham, and crispy shallots on top. The pork was perfectly seasoned and moist. The pineapple gave a kick of sweetness (and who could resist grilled pineapple, certainly not us), which balanced out the salty crispy fried shallots. Final verdict, the Ono is definitely tasty.

Website: Slow Food Truck
Twitter: @SlowFoodTruck
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Slow Food Truck on Urbanspoon

Custom grilled cheese sandwich

Cheese Me Mobile
On the menu: Customize your own Grilled cheese sandwich. Starting at $6.

What we thought: For our second trip to Cheese Me Mobile, we decided to customize our creation. Although the McShane was fantastic, pairing it with the Ono might be a pork overload! We chose melted buffalo mozzarella and beefsteak tomatoes on thick cut whole wheat bread. The combination was amazing. The quality fresh ingredients at Cheese Me Mobile will keep us coming back again, and again.

Website: Cheese Me Mobile
Twitter: @CheeseMeMobile
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Cheeseme Mobile (Food Truck) on Urbanspoon

Lemonade & Pina Colada Smoothies

Blue Tree Café
On the menu: Lemonade Smoothie, Pina Colada Smoothie $4 ea. (small)

What we thought: On a hot afternoon like today, we needed to cool off quick., so we headed over to the Blue Tree Café truck for smoothies. We opted for the lemonade and pina colada smoothies respectively. The lemonade was sweet, tangy, and icy. The pina colada, was sweet and creamy. Both were made to order while we waited and served with a smile.

Twitter: @BluTreeCafe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cupcake

Clarabelle’s Cupcakes
On the menu: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake 2.50

What we thought: We love cupcakes and were definitely excited to try out Clarabelle’s for dessert. While sitting by the truck deciding which to chose, a very nice woman stopped by and offered us one of her cupcakes. What a sweet day, indeed! We chose the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake. The cake was light and airy and held a chocolate chip cookie surprise at the bottom. It was topped with a generous mound of vanilla buttercream frosting and garnished with a cookie slice.  It was perfection in a cup. Clarabelle’s we will be following you!

Website: Clarabelle’s Cupcakes
Twitter: ClarabellesToGo
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After enjoying an amazing food truck catered lunch, the FOTF girls were invited (along with all the visitors) to tour the Feeding South Florida facility and hear a little more about what they do for the community.

Feeding South Florida was founded in 1981 as the Daily Food Bank and has been working to reduce hunger by reducing waste.

They solicit donations of food from a variety of sources – farmers, processors, grocers and restaurants among others – and distribute it through a network of not-for-profit agencies including daycare centers, homeless shelters, residential homes for the physically and mentally challenged, assisted living facilities for the elderly, youth programs, soup kitchens and emergency food pantries.

The result? Feeding South Florida distributes approximately 1.8 million pounds of food each month to hungry South Floridians, including children and the elderly, the unemployed and the working poor, the disabled, the homeless, and victims of natural disasters, illness and violence.

You can help by donating food, money, or time at the Feeding South Florida facility. Get more info here.

Here’s the tour:

Feeding South Florida facility

Feeding South Florida Warehouse - Lend a Hand!

Feeding South Florida's Kids Count Teacher's Store. All items no cost for the community.

A family helped by the efforts of Feeding South Florida

This Weekend: Can’t miss events in Palm Beach, Broward & Miami Dade Counties

Friday, May 13th
Sushi & Summer Stroll from 5:30PM – 8:30 PM

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
400 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL   33446
561-495-0233 

Sushi & Summer Stroll  - Walk around the beautiful grounds of the Morikami Museum and Gardens at your own pace and listen to the sounds of the Taiko drums in the background. Prefer to take a seat? For only $2 additional purchase a seat for the Taiko drumming performance by Fushu Daiko. Hungry? Grab a bite in the Cornell Café where they serve a delicious assortment of sushi, noodles, teriyaki, and more. This event reoccurs once a month through September.

Admission Fees:
$7 for adults (ages 18+)
$5 for kids (ages 4-17)
FREE for members & kids 3 & under

Saturday, May 14 
Great American Bake Sale & Fairchild’s Artist in Bloom Exhibition
 from 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden 
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156
Phone: 305.667.1651

Great American Bake Sale & Fairchild’s Artist in Bloom Exhibition -
Head to the beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coral Gables this Saturday for a day of strolling the expansive gardens and viewing of their extensive collections of rare tropical plants (including palms, cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruit trees, vines, and succulents).
This weekend only they are also hosting the Fairchild’s Artist in Bloom exhibition with over 150 original oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and botanical illustrations for viewing and purchase.

After spending the day in the garden you’ll surely have worked up an appetite, so stop by the National Blogger Bake Sale, presented by Share our Strength to help End Childhood Hunger and pick up a treat or two from our fellow South Florida Bloggers, Bakeries, and Restaurants including:  Cupcakes Nouveau, 2 Girls and a Cupcake, Freakin’ Flamingo, Dunkin’ Donuts of South Florida and more! Don’t forget to enter to win a gift certificate for WokStar Eleanor Hoh’s wok cooking classes for 2, or dinner for 2 at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Another beautiful day in paradise surrounded by nature, accompanied by baked goods to support ending childhood hunger: sounds like a sweet deal to us.

Admission Fees:
Admission to Fairchild includes all of the garden exhibits and a narrated tram tour (subject to availability).
When available, walking tours and shuttle service are also included in admission.

Adults  $25
Seniors (65 and over)   $18
Children 6-17  $12
Fairchild members and Children 5 and under are Free

Sunday, May 15th
Downtown Open Market from 11AM – 4PM

Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza
308 S. Federal Hwy
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Corner of S. Federal Hwy & S. Mizner Blvd.
(Same location as Saturday’s Boca Raton Green Market)

Head over to Royal Palm Plaza this Sunday to support your local artists, crafters, independent designers, musicians, vintage and antique dealers, specialty food and unique local businesses! It is fun for the whole family, including pets too. With over 50 vendors you are sure to find things like:

  • Vintage clothing and accessories
  • Natural bath and body goodies
  • Handmade indie crafts
  • Specialty pets items
  • Handmade & vintage jewelry
  • Flea market finds
  • Art
  • Baked goods…. and more!
  • Including a visit by Feverish Ice Cream

Admission Fees:
FREE event & parking

Presented by StitchRock (Indie Craft Fair & Bazaar & Family Vintage (Vintage Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry & Home Décor for the Entire Family).

Sunday, May 15
Battle of the Brides from 11AM to 1PM
Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel
1140 Seabreeze Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Grab some popcorn or a Corona and watch 50 blushing brides battle it out to win a dream wedding at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel.  The event starts promptly at 11am and includes a bouquet toss, cupcake eating contest, and a bridal tug-of-war. The last bride standing will win a 75 person dream wedding at the Sheraton and with over 50 competing brides we are sure there will be some hair pulling, name calling, and bridezilla moments you won’t want to miss. Oh and rumor has it one of the Foodies On The Fly contributors might just grab her designer knee pads and most reliable pair of stilettos to battle it out…

Admission fees:
FREE to attend