Miami, FL – January 27, 2017 – VeritageMiami kicked off its 21st anniversary with the first of four events, on Friday, January 27, the Interactive Dinner. Jeremy Ford, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 13, and chef de cuisine at The Miami Beach EDITION’S Matador Room by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, guided guests in preparing a three-course meal at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Johnson & Wales University students served as sous chefs, helping guests at each table, as Chef Ford led the way from stage. The dinner was accompanied by Best in Glass gold and silver medal wines, which were previously selected by some of South Florida’s top sommeliers. Guests also enjoyed a Bacardi cocktail reception before the dinner, and a lively auction of one-of-a-kind experiences. Lyn Farmer, VeritageMiami director, welcomed guests and introduced the event chairs, Melinda and Jorge Gonzalez, president and CEO of City National Bank. Evan S. Benn, editor-in-chief of INDULGE magazine, and VeritageMiami’s first Culinary Curator, introduced Chef Ford and shared a sneak peek of the magazine’s upcoming Food and Wine issue that features Ford on its cover. VeritageMiami is presented by City National Bank, and proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health.

Jeremy Ford

Jeremy Ford & Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge Gonzalez & Jeremy Ford

Jeremy Ford & Jorge Gonzalez

Jeremy Ford

Nelly Farra, Jeremy Ford, & Aaron Talone

Jeremy Ford, Nelly Farra, & Aaron Talone

Nelly Farra, Jeremy Ford, & Aaron Talone

Jorge Gonzalez & Jeremy Ford

Richard Yulman, Richard Fain, Leslie Miller, & Ezra Katz

Jeff & Selma Newman, Ezra & Tati Katz, & Richard Yulman

Allison Barkus, Chary Rico Toro, Guillermo Hanneken, & Ana Trejos

Amanda Saiontz Gluck, Lauren Schwartz, & Laura Haim

Serena Goodman, Megan Kleber, & Matthew Goodman

Serena Goodman, Megan Kleber, & Matthew Goodman

Joe & Shelly Jacoby

Lucy & John Yanopoulos

Susie & Mark Giallonardo

Julia Bianchi & Steven Brodie

Dwight & Debi Melgaard

Veronica Almanza & Shelby James

Peter Pruitt & Ishona Martin

Jorge & Melinda Gonzalez

Sandra Pepin & Lauranne Boily

Sabrina & Matt Grosack

Javier Izquierdo & Yanet Lamazares

John & Lucy Yanopoulos

Alicia Cervera Lamadrid & Mandy Ottley

Justin & Edina Gould

Ellen Venzer, Stuart Miller, & Hillary Bass

Corey Lee, Janelle & Justin Woodward

Spencer Morris, Ramon Corona, & Allen Morris

Steve Danner & David Appel

Randolph Peters, Lillian Peters, & David Appel

Tyler Witkin Braha, Kerri Bermont, & Gabriele Braha

Michael Blanco & Janel Sierra

Laura Fernandez & Karina Alvarez

Kim Multack & Adele Salem

Ray de Leon & Manny Machado

Ralph Leon, Sandra Masis, Jesse & Mandy Ottley