Vicente Ferrer Foundation (VFF USA) Annual Gala, DC

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hot Spot: Capitol Hilton, Washington, DC

Deets: World-renowned chefs and tastemakers of the Spanish, Indian and American communities will come together for the Vicente Ferrer Foundation (VFF USA) annual event, “Recipe for Empowerment sponsored by Lladró,” on October 20, 2018. The event will feature dishes conceived and presented by top Indian, Spanish and American chefs from the D.C. area, to symbolize the intertwined global mission of VFF USA. 

Taking place at The Capital Hilton in D.C, celebrities, philanthropists, social changemakers and dignitaries will celebrate rural India VFF USA with food, entertainment, auction items, and a keynote address from Hank’s Oyster Bar chef and owner, Jamie Leeds. Her inspiring story of entrepreneurship in the D.C restaurant industry will empower women-owned businesses in the US and India. 

In addition to the food, guests will participate in a unique live auction including: 

* Chef Dinner at Home: Award-winning chef and sommelier Danny Lledó will prepare an exquisite menu for four in your home or at Slate Wine Bar. 

Limited Edition Lord Ganesha Sculpture: Lladro’ s artists have recreated the Hindu god of wisdom and knowledge. Handcrafted in matte porcelain and featuring highly elaborated ornamentation, this sculpture is truly eye-catching. 

* Chef Logan McGear will prepare an extraordinary meal for 8 people in your home. Chef McGear is the executive chef at four local institutions: Smoke & Barrel, Rosario, Meridian Pint, and Brookland Pint. Given his wide expertise, you and Chef McGear will work together to develop the menu according to your and your guests' tastes and dietary needs. 

* Create your own beer in Miami: Biscayne Bay Brewing Company invites you and up to three guests to spend a weekend creating your own beer at their brewery in Miami, Florida. Once brewed, your beer can be enjoyed at the brewery or be shipped to your home. 

“It is so inspiring to see our supporters stand with rural communities. I am honored to lead an organization developing partnerships that move beyond spare change to real change,” says Angelina Klouthis, VFF Executive Director. Lladró’s generous donation will train 500 women artisans with disabilities. With the collaboration of amazing chefs and additional sponsors like La Caixa, Infinite, Grapes of Spain, Emirates, Aegis Wealth Management, Manatt, Ganey Law Group, Allergy and Asthma Center, Cardio Solutions, Indiaspora, Embassy of Spain, TANA, among others. The gala will empower rural India by providing 34 homes for vulnerable families, computers for a digital classroom in inclusive schools, and numerous university scholarships for rural students. 

For millions living in poverty in rural India, change is the path to sustainable progress. VFF USA partners with local communities in India, using a “recipe” that promotes sustainable solutions for education, health equity, rural infrastructure and agriculture-- ultimately, empowering communities from within. 

The Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA) is a non-profit organization on a mission to empower rural India. For 50 years, VFF has empowered vulnerable populations and marginalized villages by partnering with rural communities to implement sustainable solutions and remove barriers to eliminate poverty. VFF programs benefit 3.6 million people in over 3,600 villages. For more information, visit

Over 60 years ago, Lladró started cultivating its exceptional porcelain know-how at its only factory in the world, in Valencia. Sculptors and craftsmen craft each piece combining ancestral techniques and unmistakable colors. Worldwide, Lladró represents Spain in over 100 countries with sculptures, lighting, interior design, and fashion accessories through a select network of boutiques and distributors.

Who You May Spot: The event will feature 20 chefs including Michelin star rated Ajay Kumar, Marc Vidal, Vikram Sundaram, etc. These local celebrities and chefs such as Ashok Bajaj, Jamie Leeds, KN Vinod, Virginia Ali, Jerome Grant, Alex Valcorba, among others are a huge part of what makes this event a great networking and community building opportunity.

Hint For The Average Socialite: The event ‘Recipe For Empowerment’ is almost SOLD OUT. Limited tickets are available. More Information:

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