A flawless apple tart topped with saffron gelato was the sweet end to a night that hardly needed one—proceeds for the sold-out dinner on October 11, a joint effort from Sea Salt and Bleu Provence, benefitted the American Red Cross’s Irma relief.
It started with a simple goal: Raise some money for the American Red Cross’s Irma relief by joining the culinary teams from Sea Salt and fellow Naples all-star Bleu Provence. What resulted was a no-detail-overlooked, sold-out-in-24-hours, five-course wine dinner on Oct. 11 that attendees would never forget.
It turned out to be just the beginning of the fun and philanthropy that Sea Salt’s owners, Fabrizio and Ingrid Aielli, would roll out in Irma’s wake. There’s a luncheon at Sea Salt on Oct. 23 to benefit the David Lawrence Center (which has seen an uptick in need post-hurricane), another scheduled for Nov. 13 for Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (the birds had their habitats harmed, too), plus two non-storm-related fundraisers in Nov.—a truffle dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation on Nov. 7 and a happy hour at sister restaurant Barbatella on Oct. 24 for Susan G. Komen.
It’s a continuation of a trend we’ve seen from the Aiellis for years—a deep commitment to the health of our community (why they were among Gulfshore Life’s 2016 Men & Women of the Year). Beth Preddy, a spokesperson for their restaurants, summed up perfectly in an email, “The mission for Sea Salt and Barbatella is unity in the commUNITY! It’s about bringing us together for the greater good, for enhanced quality of life.”
Irma may have encouraged the recent flurry of activity—but we are grateful it wasn’t the beginning, nor the end.
For further details and reservations, see seasaltnaples.com.