Culinary Creations Dinner To Benefit Quantum House

The American Culinary Federation’s Palm Beach County Chefs Association will host its Culinary Creations dinner on Monday, June 1 in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

The dinner, inspired by some of the region’s most talented chefs, will benefit the Quantum House and the Palm Beach County Chefs in Distress Endowment Fund. Culinary Creations celebrates the extraordinary talents of some of the finest chefs in South Florida, including the event chairman, Jeff Simms.

Simms serves as executive chef of banquets at the Breakers Palm Beach and is the acting first vice president of the Palm Beach County chapter of the American Culinary Federation.

Contrasting this with other food and wine events, guests can expect the complete package, beginning with a champagne reception featuring delectable hors d’oeuvres. The once-in-a-lifetime dinner features four courses served round-robin style, so guests have the opportunity to experience a dish from each of the 25 chefs.

The all-star lineup includes: High Ridge Country Club Executive Chef Ed Balboni and Executive Sous Chef Ricky Espiritu; Emerald Dunes Club Executive Chef Edward Dickens; Mariner Sands Country Club Executive Sous Chef Mitchell Pagan; Country Club of Florida Executive Chef Rob Goodhue; Boca Grove Plantation Executive Chef Dominick Laudia; Breakers Palm Beach Chefs Brandon Brault, Susan Marsh and Matthew Stephens; Broken Sound Club Executive Chef Joe Longo; and Swiss Chalet Fine Foods Pastry Chef Cassandra Appleman.

The evening then will flow into a silent auction where guests can bid on private chef dinners, wine tastings and other foodie items. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit deserving charities.

“PNC Bank has a long history of partnering with local organizations like the Quantum House and this spectacular culinary event to strengthen and enrich our local communities,” said Cressman Bronson, PNC’s regional president for Florida East. “At PNC, we understand that a community thrives when businesses pitch in to help under-served families and communities. We’re committed to helping build a solid foundation for the future of this local economy. This Culinary Creations dinner is a step in the right direction.”

Other sponsors are St. Mary’s Medical Center, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, FPL and TBC Corp.

Tickets are on sale now. General tickets are $150 per person or $1,250 per table of 10. VIP tickets are $175 per person or $1,500 per table of 10, and can be purchased at

ABOVE; Chef Jeff Simms visits with Quantum House guests.