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02.01.10

HEARTS FOR HAITI: AN AMERICAN DINING RELIEF BENEFIT LAUNCHED BY BRAVO TV'S TOP CHEF CONTESTANT

Top Chef Ron Duprat Teams with Three Fellow Contestants & Fine Chefs Across the USA Valentine's Day to raise funds for Haiti


Up to ten percent of all funds raised will be donated equally to Hollywood Unites for Haiti and Kinship Circle Disaster Relief

Washington, D.C., February 1, 2010 - Haitian-born Ron Duprat, perhaps best known from Bravo's hit TV series "Top Chef" has teamed up with three fellow contestants, Mattin Noblia, Hector Santiago and Michael V. to welcome other fine chefs across the country in an all-chef Relief Benefit on St. Valentine's Day for his native land. On February 14, all participating chefs and restaurants will donate up to 10 percent of their receipts to Hearts for Haiti: An American Dining Relief Benefit. The donated funds will be divided between two charities: Hollywood United For Haiti and Kinship Circle Disaster Relief. One hundred percent of the donated funds will go directly to on-the-ground relief efforts.

"Food always brings people together," Duprat says. "I hope that this St. Valentine's Day, every community will have at least one restaurant where people can dine out with their loved ones and share their hearts with Haiti."

Early participants include:

• Andrew Black at Skirvin Hotel's Park Avenue Grill, Oklahoma City;

• Ron Duprat of Latitudes Beach Café at the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Hollywood, FL;

• Sean Gavin of Graves Restaurant, Fort Myers, FL;

• Adam Greenberg of Barcelona Wine Bar (several locations in Connecticut);

• Mattin Nobilia of Iluna Basque Restaurant in San Francisco;

• Niranjan Perera of Nilus Delights Bakery in Hollywood, FL;

• Hector Santiago of Pura Vida – Latino Tapas Restaurant & Bar, Atlanta;

• Florida Restaurant and Lodging in Miami

• Top Chef Winner (Season 6) Michael V. of The Dining Room, Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena.

"Chefs always care," Duprat adds. "I hope chefs across the country will join us in this heartfelt effort for Haiti. One hundred percent of their donations will go directly to Haitian relief efforts for both people and animals. It's a win-win for everyone."

For more information on becoming a participating chef or dining at a participating restaurant, call 415-461-9300 or visit www.chefronduprat.com

Charitable Beneficiaries:

Hollywood Unites for Haiti is a Los Angeles-based non-profit founded in 2008 by Jimmy Jean Louis, a star of NBC TV's hit series, "Heroes". This charitable non-profit organization focuses on enriching the lives of Haitian children. HUFH has established a relief fund to support the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquakes.

Kinship Circle Disaster Relief is a St. Louis, MO-based non-profit that deploys volunteer teams certified animal aid workers to disaster-stricken areas with necessary animal food, equipment and veterinary supplies.

For additional media information only; to set up interviews, etc., please contact:
Valary Bremier
PO Box 412
Kentfield CA 94914
415-686-7470
valary@mindspring.com


http://hufh.org




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