Epicurean Escapade: A Food & Wine Experience on April 1 Benefits Holy Cross Hospital

Gourmet food and fine wine from global culinary destinations are on the menu for the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary's "Epicurean Escapade 2017: A Food & Wine Experience.” JM Family Enterprises is the Solar sponsor of the event and the Guerrieri Family Foundation is the event's presenting sponsor. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), 1855 Griffin Road in Dania Beach.

In honor of local businessman Phil Smith, who passed away in December from ALS, this year’s Epicurean Escapade benefits the Phil Smith ALS and Movement Disorders Clinic at the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross Hospital. Before he passed, Smith donated $7 million to name the institute and to establish the clinic.

Once established, the clinic will provide the local community with access to leading-edge clinical trials and research through a relationship with Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

“We are forever grateful for Phil’s support of Holy Cross Hospital,” said Holy Cross President and CEO Patrick Taylor, M.D. “The funds raised during Epicurean Escapade will help ensure that Phil’s legacy and spirit live on through the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross Hospital. We also greatly appreciate our longtime supporters JM Family, the Guerrieri Family Foundation, and the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation. We would not be where we are today without them.”   

Guests attending Epicurean Escapade 2017 will indulge in delicious cuisine from such exciting global destinations as Asia, India, Italy and Spain, paired with a wide variety of specially selected wines. Among the highlights will be Indian tandoori ovens and a choice of seafood paella and vegetarian paella from Spain.

The evening will be filled with dancing, live musical entertainment and an auction featuring trips and other extraordinary experiences. TV and radio host Jimmy Cefalo will be the evening's emcee.

Honorary chairs of the host committee are Shawn Smith Myers and Charlie Myers, Phil Smith’s daughter and son-in-law. Chairs for Epicurean Escapade 2017 are Vicki Homer, Cheryl Lamb and Julie Valent.

Gold Coast Fort Lauderdale is a media sponsor.

This marks the 61st year for the Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser benefiting the non-profit hospital. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, call Elaine Lacker at 954-229-8562.

A member of Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic, teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. In 2016, U.S. News and World Report named Holy Cross Hospital among the top three hospitals in South Florida and one of only 63 in the nation to achieve “high performing” in all nine medical conditions surveyed. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transforming, healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to serve as our community’s trusted health partner for life. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com. Connect @holycrossfl.