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Renowned local chef aims to help save infants

Posted: 8:57 AM, Oct 16, 2015
Updated: 2015-10-16 12:57:31Z

CINCINNATI -- One of the region’s most well known chefs is giving back to the community after suffering a grave personal loss.

Renowned chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, and his wife, Annette, lost their four-month-old daughter Tatiana to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2002.

In the wake of that terrible loss, the couple founded the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation to help raise awareness about the issue.

The organization is partnering with the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State to host “ eat.play.give ,” a special fundraising event on Sunday.

It features food and beverages from the area’s best chefs and wine vendors, as well as a silent auction, kids’ activities and live entertainment.

“We are so very grateful to our friends in Cincinnati’s food community and everyone who has supported our events for all of these years,” said the de Cavels. “Our long term goal is to eradicate SIDS, but in the meantime, we can make a difference, promoting the message of safe sleep and providing safe sleep arrangements for hundreds of families in greater Cincinnati, and also providing educational opportunities for culinary students.”

Some of the participating vendors include:

  • Anchor-OTR
  • Boca
  • Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Café Mediterranean
  • Coffee Emporium
  • Cutting Edge Selections
  • Django Western Taco
  • The Eagle
  • Forno Osteria
  • Grateful Grahams
  • Happy Chicks Bakery
  • Horseshoe Casino
  • Jeff Ruby Steakhouse
  • Jimmy G's
  • JR Table Group
  • Keystone Bar and Grill
  • Meatball Kitchen
  • Maribelle's eat + drink
  • Metropole
  • Mita's
  • Nicola’s
  • Oriental Wok
  • Park +Vine and Babushka
  • The Rookwood
  • Sixteen Bricks
  • Sung Korean Bistro
  • Taste of Belgium
  • tela bar + kitchen
  • Vintner Select
  • WINEcraft
  • Woodford Reserve

The silent auction includes gift certificates to many local restaurants, art, jewelry, salon and spa services, and much, much more.

The family said the group’s mission is to raise funds for research, education and outreach to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as well as for the Tatiana de Cavel Memorial Scholarship at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Since 2003, they have raised nearly $850,000.

Tickets for the event are $65 for Adults, $75 at the door; $20 for Kids ages 5-12, $25 at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets: www.eatplaygive.net or call 513-871-7742. Like The De Cavel Family SIDS Foundation on Facebook, follow @eatplaygive on twitter and instagram for the latest information.