3rd annual miami world festival

Chef Julie and her culinary team prepare for the 3rd annual World Festival benefiting Common Threads. World Festival events are held annually in each program city. At each world festival, Common Threads brings together some of the most influential chefs, diverse professionals, philanthropists, and foodies for a fundraising gala to help sustain and grow the after-school programs.

The Miami World Festival event will be held at The Moore Bulding (Design District) on Tuesday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. Chef Julie Franswill be serving Local Swordfish Satay Skewers with Coconut Cashew Sauce and Green Papaya Salad in traditional Thai style. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased at

Common Threads is a charity that teaches low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals. Their philosophy believes that through hands-on cooking classes childhood obesity can be prevented and the trend of generations of non-cook

ers reversed, while celebrating cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common. Their mission is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. The hotel’s Signature Chef, Julie Frans, teaches some of these classes and the hotel supports the charity with fundraisers and donations.

Miami World Festival featured chefs:
 Michelle Bernstein, Crumb on Parchment
 Michael Reidt, Area 31
 Julie Frans, Essensia
 Jason Schaan, Michy’s
 Freddy Ortiz, Lantao Kitchen and Cocktails
 Mark Zeitouni, The Standard – Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill
 Paula Dasilva, 1500 Degrees
 Misha Gomez, Mischa Cupcakes
 Adrianne Calvo
 Matthieu Godard, DB Bistro Moderne Miami
 Christian Testa, La Gloutonnerie Vintage Kitchen
 Makoto Okuwa, Makoto
Cesar Zapata, The Federal Food Drink & Provisions
 Daniel Serfer, Blue Collar
 Aaron Brooks, Edge Steak
 Alex Rosado, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
 Cindy Hutson, Ortanique
 Vince Tien, The Local
 Jordan Hoffman, Bianca at the Delano
 Rolando Cruz-Taura, Biltmore
 Luis Pous. The Dining Room at Little Palm Island
 Sean Brasel, Meat Market
 Conor Hanlon, The Dutch
 Jamie DeRosa
 Todd Erickson, HaVen Gastro-Lounge
Gabe Fenton, Bourbon Steak
 Sam Gorenstein, My Ceviche
 Nick Mencia, Real Sorbet
Aaron Taylor, STK