Sneak peek: Tastes from the Heart of Florida United Way Chef's Gala 2015

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A table full of duck confit, foie mousse, and kumquat sandwiches prepared by chef Mariano Vegel of Primo - PHOTO BY FAIYAZ KARA
  • photo by Faiyaz Kara
  • A table full of duck confit, foie mousse, and kumquat sandwiches prepared by chef Mariano Vegel of Primo

Heart of Florida United Way hosts its 23rd annual Chef's Gala May 16 at Epcot World Showplace. It's United Way's largest fundraiser, with proceeds going to support education, income, health and basic needs, helping more than 400,000 people in the tri-county area.

We got a sneak peek Wednesday into some of the fare that will be offered at the Chef's Gala. The dishes were prepared by chefs Mariano Vegel (Primo at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes), Kevin Fonzo (K Restaurant Wine Bar), Anthony Krueger (blu on the avenue), Jared Gross (Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando) and Amanda Lauder (Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge).

Chef Kevin Fonzo hard at work - PHOTO BY FAIYAZ KARA
  • photo by Faiyaz Kara
  • Chef Kevin Fonzo hard at work


Root vegetable gnocchi, Palmetto Creek Farms pork ragu, house made ricotta cheese, fried garden basil (Fonzo) - PHOTO BY FAIYAZ KARA
  • photo by Faiyaz Kara
  • Root vegetable gnocchi, Palmetto Creek Farms pork ragu, house made ricotta cheese, fried garden basil (Fonzo)


Duck confit, foie mousse, and kumquat sandwich (Vegel) - PHOTO BY FAIYAZ KARA
  • photo by Faiyaz Kara
  • Duck confit, foie mousse, and kumquat sandwich (Vegel)


Illy espresso crusted beef tenderloin, roasted bone marrow mousseline, Hog Island oyster, crispy potato (Krueger) - PHOTO BY FAIYAZ KARA
  • photo by Faiyaz Kara
  • Illy espresso crusted beef tenderloin, roasted bone marrow mousseline, Hog Island oyster, crispy potato (Krueger)

Florida rock shrimp escabeche, creamed parsnips, chicharrones, burnt onion jam (Jared Gross) - PHOTO BY FAIYAZ KARA
  • photo by Faiyaz Kara
  • Florida rock shrimp escabeche, creamed parsnips, chicharrones, burnt onion jam (Jared Gross)

Ghanaian chocolate and passion fruit milk tart (Lauder) - PHOTO BY FAIYAZ KARA
  • photo by Faiyaz Kara
  • Ghanaian chocolate and passion fruit milk tart (Lauder)

The chefs (from L-R): Jared Gross, Amanda Lauder, Kevin Fonzo, Anthony Krueger, and Mariano Vegel - PHOTO BY FAIYAZ KARA
  • photo by Faiyaz Kara
  • The chefs (from L-R): Jared Gross, Amanda Lauder, Kevin Fonzo, Anthony Krueger, and Mariano Vegel


United Way reps (including former Surgeon-General Dr. Antonia Novello), sponsors, and chefs - PHOTO BY FAIYAZ KARA
  • photo by Faiyaz Kara
  • United Way reps (including former Surgeon-General Dr. Antonia Novello), sponsors, and chefs



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