In a show of support for Rhode Island’s tiniest citizens, more than 260 guests turned out for the March of Dimes Rhode Island 10th Annual Signature Chefs Auction event held recently at Belle Mer on Goat Island in Newport. The event—which featured the culinary talents of 24 of the state’s leading chefs, and restaurant, theater, accommodation and vacation packages auctioned off by celebrity auctioneer and entertainer Sir Jeremy Bell of Edinburgh, Scotland—raised $95,000 to help support the March of Dimes mission. The event also paid tribute to Chef Sai Viswanath of DeWolf Tavern in Bristol. He was presented with the March of Dimes 2011 Signature Chef Award. Commenting about the event, Rhode Island March of Dimes Director Betsy Akin said, “We are thrilled about the outcome of this wonderful event and the participation of Chef Sai and all the other top-notch chefs who came to Belle Mer from all parts of the state and on their own time to prepare samplings of their signature dishes for guests. These unforgettable dishes combined with the fantastic packages Sir Jeremy Bell auctioned off to guests made for a hugely successful night. We are grateful to those involved in the event’s success; especially to the many individuals and companies that turned out to support the Signature Chefs event.” story by Dawn Ratte
March of Dimes Rhode Island 10th Annual Signature Chefs Auction
David Dadekian has been called “RI’s unofficial Food Laureate” by Philip Eil of the Providence Phoenix, “mastermind of the food news website and event-organizing operation, Eat Drink RI, who seems to know every chef, restaurant, farm stand, and manufactured food product within state lines.” Dadekian created Eat Drink RI in 2010 and since that time eatdrinkri.com has grown to be one of the top media, marketing and event production companies in the region for all things culinary. Dadekian is the host of the "RI Small Business Live Forum" and Cox YurView’s "The Rhode to Recovery" video interview series. Dadekian also works as PR Director, Cooking Instructor and Special Events Coordinator at Blackbird Farm in Smithfield. Dadekian serves on the boards of ecoRI News, Eating with the Ecosystem and the RI Small Business Coalition, and is a Past Chair of the RI Food Policy Council. He lives in Coventry with his wife Brenda and their two daughters.