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Second Annual “Flying with the Stars” Hosts Chefs from Milan, Italy to Benefit

Orchestrated by Salumeria 104, Midtown Oyster Bar and MB America’s teams, the second annual “Flying with the Stars” two-night event will be held on Wednesday November 11th and Thursday November 12th at 93 Palm, a.k.a. Al Capone’s former mansion. Sponsored by American Airlines, each night’s wine-paired six-course menu is curated by Milan-based and “Michelin star-caliber” Italian chefs Luigi Taglienti, Alberto Buratti and Claudio Francesco Ceriotti, in collaboration with Chef Angelo Masarin of Salumeria 104 and Midtown Oyster Bar. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase now at $250 per person here.

Welcomed at the private beach of the historic waterfront Al Capone villa, recently restored by MB America, with oysters and champagne one evening and inventive amuse-bouches the following night, guests will be served a once-in-a-lifetime wine-paired six-course dinner, the artistic result of collaborating chefs from Miami and Milan. Chefs Buratti, Ceriotti and Taglienti will be flown to Miami by American Airlines especially for the occasion to support Miami Children’s Health Foundation by donating their time, culinary expertise and recognition.

“Our intention was to encapsulate the current forward-thinking gastronomic revolution happening in Italy with the participation of extremely talented chefs and to showcase it to Miami’s philanthropist community,” explains Carlo Donadoni, President of Spuntino Catering, co-owner of Salumeria 104 and Midtown Oyster Bar, and the maestro behind “Flying with the Stars”. “The first evening will focus on Midtown Oyster Bar’s sea-based menu, revisited by our Italian guest chefs, while the second evening’s menu will focus on Salumeria 104’s land-based concept.”

“At MB America, we are committed to making a difference to the communities in which we operate,” says Marco Bruzzi, co-founder and CEO of MB America. “We are delighted to co-organize and contribute to this noble initiative with one of our properties: the Al Capone’s mansion, and the participation of Michelin-starred Chef Taglienti, who recently joined our team. In doing so, we will hopefully, raise awareness and money for Miami Children’s Health Foundation and its worthwhile cause.”

Under Massimo Bottura’s leadership and with Chef Buratti at the kitchen, Osteria Francescana gained three Michelin stars in 2013. The restaurant was listed third best in the world by San Pellegrino in 2015 and best Italian restaurant on most travel guides. He currently collaborates with Chef Ceriotti, owner of Koine Legnano. Chef Ceriotti launched Koine restaurant as a destination for innovative gourmet cuisine which has gathered impressive reviews by patrons and critics since opening in 2014. Chef Luigi Taglienti has both national and international prestigious experience, having worked with world renowned chefs in Italy and France. Through his talent and expertise, he has already been awarded "Young Chef of the Year" by the guide "I Ristoranti d’Italia de L’Espresso”, as well as received his first Michelin Star and the "Tre Forchette del Gambero Rosso” status. In collaboration with MB America, Taglienti is now working on an international business project and towards the opening of a new restaurant in Milan, in 2016.

MB America, 93 Palm owner’s representative and managing entity, will donate the venue space and the gourmet experience with Chef Taglienti while American Airlines will donate the Italian chefs’ trips on its retrofit 767-300 which will feature a new configuration with fully lie-flat Business Class seats and four additional Miami-Milan tickets in Business Class as silent auction items. Each night, guests will have the opportunity to bid on numerous items including a Jeroboam bottle of Champagne Lanson, magnum bottles of wines, hotel stays, specially curated H&H Jewels’ pieces to match the sea and land themes of each night, and more, from which all proceeds will benefit Miami Children’s Health Foundation.