A fabulous fundraiser at a fabulous venue

By Cheryl Young, photos by Sherry McDougall, Marshall Postnikoff and Richard Smerdon

When it was suggested by noted food blogger Don Day that Café Firenze would be a great venue to host a fundraiser, the team at Hospice San Miguel de Allende wasted no time in meeting with Don Day and his wife and the owners of Café Firenze. Café Firenze is one of San Miguel’s finest restaurants, and enjoys a five-star rating on Trip Advisor. And it proved to be a popular choice: the Hospice @Cafe Firenze dinner sold out in only 24 hours!

The charming and generous owners of Café Firenze, Antonio Arrieta and Gerardo Ramos, put together a fabulous five-course meal, showcasing many of their signature dishes. And of course, a portion of the evening proceeds went to Hospice. According to one happy guest, they served “possibly the best sweet potatoes and braised beef boneless short ribs I have ever tasted. Melted in your mouth.” Indeed, Don Day has called their short ribs “one of the best dishes I have ever had in San Miguel.”

In her welcoming remarks, Chris McCaskill, the new President of Hospice SMA, said, “The Hospice brand is already associated with food and dining in San Miguel through our Restaurant Guide. Hospice is about providing comfort and what is more comforting than good food and sharing it with friends.”

Howard Haynes, one of Hospice’s prominent sponsors, was effusive in his praise for Hospice, and for their important work, especially in supporting many Mexican families at a very difficult time. He had the honor of drawing the evening’s raffle prize which was donated by Café Firenze and their wine supplier, Vinotipia: a five–course chef’s tasting menu for two persons, paired with wine.

The Hospice fundraising team is thrilled with the results and the obvious demand for this kind of event. For many guests, part of the appeal was that it felt more like an intimate gathering of friends, rather than a simply a night out at a restaurant or fundraiser. Hospice is planning to build on the success of Hospice@Cafe Firenze so, according to one attendee, “When you see information about the next Hospice dinner, pay attention. It’s such an important cause and one that truly has helped the Mexican community in San Miguel. Kudos and a sincere gracias to the owners and staff at Cafe Firenze.”

Hospice SMA provided compassionate end of life care, free of charge, to 68 families in the San Miguel community in 2012, and 80 percent of these families are Mexican. Hospice is funded solely through the generosity of donors and special programs like this one. If you would like to make sure that you get notice of these events, you can email them at hospice.sma@gmail.com and ask to be included in the Friends of Hospice newsletter.

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