The NASCAR Foundation along with the Pineapple Ladies of Homestead Hospital Foundation and Baptist Health South Florida hosted its third annual Championship Taste on Thursday, November 13th, 2014. This sold-out event included NASCAR drivers, fans and friends gathered at Homestead-Miami Speedway Chalet Village to enjoy a unique dining experience while raising money for our Speediatrics unit at Homestead Hospital.
Guests were greeted by the hospitality staff and delivered to the gate from the parking lot via a golf cart. “NASCAR is a class act,” said one VIP attendee. VIP admission was $250 and worthwhile with access to VIP Chef’s Table with Celebrity Chef, open bar and a meet-and-greet with NASCAR celebrities. Live music and free parking was a benefit for all attendees. Tires were everywhere serving as walls, decor and a conversation piece.
The impressive selection of culinary delights included generous portions of everything from smoked fish dip to ceviche to pies to a vat of paella to tender meats and speciality cupcakes. A crowd favorite was the gourmet smores with edible graham cracker cup and chocolate inside. They toasted the marshmallow in front of guests. One foodie raved about the key lime pie from Sweet Delights Bakery, claiming it was by far the best she has ever had. “You never really had to wait in line and vendors were congenial,” said one guests. Drinks included a full liquor and espresso bar.
The silent auction attracted many bidders with elaborate trips, services, pace car rides and toys. The NASCAR Foundation also presented a giant $100,000 check to Speediatrics. The entertainment included15-year-old country music entertainer Jade Sanders performing original country music.Â Since it was a cooking competition, guests were asked to vote on best appetizer, entree, dessert and favorites over all. Restaurants participating were from all over South Florida, from the Keys and to Florida City. Michael McDowell was 2014 #ChampionshipTaste #NASCAR Driver Cooking Contest Winner.