Culinary Event Serves Up Hope for Desperate Families in Haiti: Food For The Poor’s Taste of Hope Brings Top Chefs, Restaurants to Boca Raton

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (July 31, 2017)  The best culinary minds of Boca Raton and the surrounding area will converge at the Boca Raton Airport this fall for an evening of signature tastings of their best dishes while raising hope for desperate families in Haiti.

Food For The Poor is hosting the first Taste of Hope, a food and wine experience, from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at Signature Flight Support's aviation hangar, 3300 Airport Road, Boca Raton.

Guests will enjoy gourmet samplings, fine wines, spirits and live entertainment in the unique setting of a private hangar.

It's a chance for area restauranteurs and chefs to show off everything from craft beers and spirits to regional bites, and for visitors to meet the makers behind the brands.

The evening's main ingredient is compassion for the poor. Proceeds will help establish a sustainable agriculture project in Olivier, Haiti, including a goat and chicken farm, crops and fruit trees, to help families break the cycle of poverty and create reliable ways for the poor to earn an income to support their families.

Jason "Farmer Jay" McCobb, who owns a small farm between Boynton Beach and Lake Worth and is an expert in sustainable agriculture, will give a short presentation on farming at Taste of Hope.

McCobb establishes sustainable farms for homeowners and restaurants. He and his wife, Denia, developed a program for children called Farmer Jay's Jr. Sprouts, which teaches kids where food comes from and helps to pass along the art of sustainable agriculture to the next generation.

Taste of Hope's other participating chefs and restaurants include: Chef Jouvens Jean, Bahamian born, U.S.-raised chef of Haitian origin and winner of Food Network's Chef Wanted and Cutthroat Kitchen; Hugh "Chef Irie" Sinclair of Jamaica and Cynthia "Chef Thia" Verna of Haiti, the chef/hosts of "Taste the Islands," a nationally syndicated half-hour food and culture series on Create TV; Barrel of Monks Brewing, Brio Tuscan Grille, Farmer's Table, Fresh Kitchen, Fries to Caviar, J&D Cakes, Junior's Mizner Park, Marriott Boca Raton and Seasons 52, all in Boca Raton; Cooper's Hawk in Coconut Creek, Café Med, JB's on the Beach and Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach, 32 East and Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Bangin' Banjos Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Dough Dough Donuts food truck, Harmless Harvest Coconut Water and Tijuana Flats.

Providing the poor with long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty is a priority at Food For The Poor.

"Our goal has always been to help families with their immediate needs, but more importantly to serve as a catalyst toward self-sustainability," said Food For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma. "Agricultural projects, such as this farming program in Olivier, Haiti, are an excellent example of how providing farmers with the proper tools and knowledge can be a blessing for all involved."

Building excitement for Taste of Hope, Food For The Poor is hosting a Sip and Shop from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Kendra Scott, 411 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Guests will enjoy light appetizers and cocktails as they shop. The Mizner Park jewelry boutique will donate 20 percent of all purchases during the event to the charity.

Boca Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Taste of Hope.

Guests 21 and up are welcome at Taste of Hope. General admission tickets are $100. VIP Experience tickets, which include early admission at 5 p.m., champagne on arrival and a meet-and-greet with chefs and more, are $200. Jack Daniels is sponsoring the VIP Lounge Experience, which will feature Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Whiskey.

Raffle items will feature art from the Caribbean and Latin America, wine and culinary experiences.

For more information on Taste of Hope, contact Kyra Poulos at 954-472-2222, ext. 6634, or

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. Over the last 10 years, fundraising and other administrative costs averaged less than 5% of our expenses; more than 95% of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit

Michael Turnbell

Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6054