VeritageMiami raises more than $500,000
Benefits programs in Miami-Dade through United Way
Allen and June Morris with Melinda and Jorge Gonzalez

More than 3,500 food, wine and beer lovers gathered at the 20th annual VeritageMiami to eat, drink and unite, raising more than $500,000 for United Way of Miami-Dade. The four day gathering was presented by City National Bank. Guests enjoyed a world-class craft beer tasting, a stellar wine and food tasting, an Interactive Dinner led by five of Miami’s top female chefs – Eileen Andrade of FINKA Table & Tap, Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, Paula DaSilva of 3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile and Dena Marino of MC Kitchen - and an experience unlike any other at the Auction & Wine Dinner on the diamond at Marlins Park.

“Like fine wine, VeritageMiami keeps getting better every year,” said Allen Morris, chair of VeritageMiami and chairman and CEO of The Allen Morris Company. “It was truly a celebration of food, wine, friends and philanthropy and we are so grateful to our sponsors, guests, chefs, wineries and breweries for their participation. The needs of our community are so great, and this is a wonderful way to ‘show up’ for so many in need in our own home town.”

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Leslie Miller Saiontz and Stuart Miller

Victor and Lisa Mendelson

Jorge Perez and Johnson & Wales University culinary student Jennifer Sosa

Jayne Harris Abess, Annelies H. Da Costa Gomez, Sari Agatson, Cristina Pereyra

Johnathan Andrade, chef Eileen Andrade of FINKA and Kelly Blanco of NBC 6 South Florida

Jasmin Grant and Sasha Suurna

Michael and Rooney Brodie

Kelly Alfonzo and Evelyn Ruiz

Ilian Obregon, Gianira Sifuentes and Donny Bravo

Ed and Cristina Joyce

Tony Jimenez and Melissa Medina

Grace Kaplan-Stein, Ashley Garcia and Christina Bachtina

VeritageMiami director Lyn Farmer, with Interactive Dinner chefs Eileen Andrade, Paula Da Silva, Adrianne Calvo, Dena Marino and Cindy Hutson, with VeritageMiami chair Allen Morris.

Victoria Gonzalez and Catalina Rueda

Craft Beer Tasting co-chairs, Matthew Bittel, Evelyn Torres and Dustin Symes

Veronica Gurdian and Maeve Egan

Juan Martinez, Gianira Sifuentes, Sarah Bitter and Germane Barnes

Jessica Fernandez and Ruthy Ocasio

Former Miami Marlins player Jeff Conine, with Bill O'Dowd

Gisele Martin and Jorge Hernandez Torano

Michelle Gonzalez, Christian Somodevilla, Andy Hernandez, Joanne Postel, Cristina Yoder and Nick Landera

Jorge and Ann Zamanillo with Michael and Susana Gold

Eddie Dominguez and Silvia Larrieu

Auction & Wine Dinner chair David Samson, with Alfredo Mesa

Kara Zeder, Silvia Larrieu and Katherine Henriques

Clement Babin, Sylvie Gervais, Rick Musica and Amandine Leclère

Terri and Evan Benn

Fine Wine Tasting co-chairs, Alex Villoch and Mark Trowbridge

Linda and Michael Bittel, Beverly and Bill Parker

Matthew Anderson, Melinda Manatad, Rebecca Brooks, Brett Abess and George Dufournier