June 8 – June 17 is 7 Days for SIDS week in the tri-state area. I’m really excited about this particular charity drive because it is so easy for the average person to participate. All you need to do is eat, and well, I can certainly do that.
There are several big events that have great food and wine. But you don’t have to go to a big, pricey event in order to contribute. In fact, all you need to do is go to a participating restaurant and order their special 7 Days for SIDS item.
Over 30 restaurants and businesses are participating in the event. One of my favorites, Vito’s in Ft. Thomas, is donating some of the proceeds that week from their scrumptious white chocolate bread pudding to the charity. I see this as a great reason to pop into the bar and have a martini and bread pudding. Bella Luna is also putting various things on special throughout the week. I’ve been wanting to try Bella Luna, and what a better time than during 7 Days for SIDS week, when my appetite can help the cause.
You’ll notice Jean-Robert de Cavel’s name all over the participating
restaurant list. If he’s not helping out through one of his
own restaurants, he’s hosting an event somewhere else. 7 Days for SIDS was founded by Jean-Robert and his wife Annette following the tragic death of their baby daughter to SIDS. SIDS is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which remains unexplained but is the number one cause of death for infants between the ages of one week and one year. Money raised from 7 Days for SIDS benefit the Sudden Infant Death Network of Ohio by
providing research, education and parent support as well as the Tatiana
deCavel Scholarship Fund at the Midwest Culinary Institute.
In just four years, 7 Days for SIDS has raised more than $300,000,
making it the largest SIDS fundraiser in the United States. While de
Cavel is elated by this success and grateful for other restaurants’
generosity, the week of his daughter’s death is still painful.
is not necessarily a week when I have a good time," he says. "But I
think it’s the best thing I could’ve done for the memory of our
daughter." (via Cincinnati Enquirer)
Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse is kicking off the event on June 8 with a 6-course dinner paired with specially selected wines ($200/pp). What I consider to be the showcase event of the week is Chefapalooza, on June 12, at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Chefapalooza showcases area chefs and celebrities, including Kathy Wade & Michelle Brown (Jag’s), David Cook (Daveed’s) with Bootsy Collins, and Justin Jeffre & Julie Francis (Nectar). Hosts for the evening are Jean-Robert de Cavel and Meg Calvin. This event is affordable at $50/pp but tickets to this type of event go rather quickly, so reserve while you still can.
Another event that week is the Bacchanalian Society’s Spring Wine Tasting on Thursday, June 14. This crazy event always benefits a worthy charity, and this time it’s SIDS research. If you’re unfamiliar with the Bacchanalian Society event, read our experience at the Spring tasting last year. These events are a little too crowded and crazy for my taste anymore, but they always deliver on fun and benefit a good cause.
I’ll probably skip the larger events and donate with my mouth at the various restaurants in the area offering 7 Days for SIDS specials. Restaurants include Palomino, Dewey’s, Bella Luna, Vito’s, Dilly Deli, Greenup Cafe, kona bistro, and Pacific Moon, among others.
For a full list of events, participating restaurants and their specials, download this PDF . I hope you participate next week and donate with your appetite. If you can’t make it to a restaurant, you can still help out by donating online.
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