Craving Fashion at Gardens Mall: Hot Chefs and Haute Couture

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While food and fashion may seem like unlikely partners -- we all know models can't possibly get down on a burger like the rest of us (or, we hope, at least) -- they two arts actually have a lot in common: both are visually appealing; both have fanatical fan-bases; both enjoy huge festivals and events; and they both are filled with the massive egos of creativity personalities behind the products.

So, it's really no surprise that the two come together every once in a while.

Later this month, some of Palm Beach County's most esteemed restaurants are going haute couture for Craving Fashion at Gardens Mall to benefit the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation.

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Taking place on Friday, September 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Gardens Mall is getting an overhaul, transforming into a chic Garden of Eden filled with fashion brands and renowned chefs, such as Aaron Black of PB Catch, Steven Polowy of Table 26, and Mauro Zanusso of Jové Kitchen & Bar.

It includes all the fashionable gourmet staples: models, in-store events, creative entertainment, as well as cooking and cocktail demos by some of South Florida's best mixologists and chefs.

"We couldn't be more excited to kick off this soon-to-be-legendary charity event with the community," says Michele Jacobs, Corporate Director of Marketing and Operations for The Forbes Company. "What better signifies one's signature style than great food and fashion?"

Hosted by The Gardens Mall and Muses & Visionaries Magazine, the charitable event is benefitting the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation.

"Our focus is on crime prevention awareness and community safety," says Tom Murphy, president of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation. "Events like Craving Fashion help us provide the additional financial support needed by the police department for equipment, training, technology, and community outreach programs. This extra measure of support enables our police officers to serve the community better and ensures our continued quality ."

Participating restaurants and suppliers include Del Frisco's Grille, PB Catch, Jové Kitchen & Bar at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, Coolinary Café, Café Chardonnay, Table 26, Aah Loi Thai & Sushi Restaurant, Spoto's Oyster Bar, Ironwood Grille at PGA National Resort, Talay Thai, Leila, The Cooper, Café Sapori, Chowder Heads Restaurant, Fuel Foods, La Fontana Bar & Ristorante, Garden City Café, LolliCakes Gourmet, Brio Tuscan Grille, Texas de Brazil, The Melting Pot, Nordstrom Café Bistro, Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria, Oil & Vinegar, Onli Beverages, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Papa's Pilar Rum, Serenity Gardens, Swirls, and Tito's Vodka.

G.A. tickets are $75, which includes a deluxe gift bag and samples of food, beer, and wine in the mall's Grand Court. For $100, V.I.P. admission includes all of the above as well as early access (starting at 5 p.m.), valet parking (at the entrance near Brio and P.F. Chang's), and unlimited access to the signature food and spirits spread throughout the mall.

Visit craving-fashion.com.

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