Chef Clay Con­ley of Buc­can to host din­ner ben­e­fit­ing Share Our Strength

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Chef Clay Con­ley of Buc­can, 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, will be host­ing a spe­cial ben­e­fit din­ner for Share Our Strength (SOS), a na­tional non­profit ded­i­cated to end­ing childhood hunger in the U.S.

With strong sup­port from the culi­nary in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the coun­try’s hottest chefs and top restau­rants, SOS culi­nary events pro­vide dis­cern­ing din­ers with un­par­al­leled cui­sine, and fine bev­er­ages, while rais­ing funds for the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s No Kid Hun­gry cam­paign.

Chef Con­ley will col­lab­o­rate with ac­claimed chefs from around the coun­try to pre­pare a mem­o­rable meal for the cause – to end childhood hunger in Amer­ica. Guest chefs in­clude:

Zach Bell, Ad­di­son Re­serve Coun­try Club, Del­ray Beach

Jamie DeRosa, Tongue & Cheek, Mi­ami Beach

Vic­tor LaPlaca, Isola Trat­to­ria & Crudo Bar, New York, NY

Jen­nifer Reed, The Su­gar Mon­key, West Palm Beach

Ni­cholas Ste­fanelli, Bib­iana, Wash­ing­ton, DC

Chef Con­ley opened Buc­can in Palm Beach in 2011. He wanted to cre­ate a ca­su­ally so­phis­ti­cated space that of­fered small plates with big fla­vors and repli­cate the ca­ma­raderie felt when din­ing at a friend’s house. The re­sult was rav­ing ac­co­lades, a James Beard Award nom­i­na­tion for Best Chef: South, in both 2012 and 2013; and an ex­pan­sion. In Fe­bru­ary 2012, he opened Imoto (which means “lit­tle sis­ter”), an in­ti­mate, Asian-fo­cused ex­ten­sion of Buc­can.

His pro­gres­sive-Amer­i­can ap­proach blends the clas­sic com­fort of his New Eng­land childhood, the rus­tic bold­ness of the Mediter­ranean and the sen­sual in­flu­ence of Latin Amer­ica. High­light­ing con­trast­ing tastes, tex­tures, and tem­per­a­tures, Clay ap­plies his flair and sense of bal­ance to tra­di­tional fla­vor com­bi­na­tions and dishes.

The multi-course din­ner will be­gin with a cock­tail re­cep­tion at 6 p.m., fol­lowed by a seated din­ner at 7 p.m. Tick­ets are $200 per per­son, and op­por­tu­ni­ties to host ta­bles re­main. Guests of “No Kid Hun­gry din­ner at Buc­can” will also have the op­por­tu­nity to bid on once-in-a-life­time culi­nary and travel ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing the evening’s silent and live auc­tions. Make reser­va­tions by call­ing 312-805-3515, or visit PalmBeach.

“I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with all th­ese ta­lented chefs to cre­ate a de­li­cious and fun evening, for both us and our guests, while at the same time con­tribut­ing to a cause we all feel strongly about - a fight to end childhood hunger in Amer­ica,” said Con­ley.

TheNo Kid Hun­gry cam­paign is help­ing to end childhood hunger by con­nect­ing kids to the healthy foods they re­quire.

Since Sum­mer 2011, No Kid Hun­gry ef­forts have helped bring more than 34 mil­lion ad­di­tional meals to kids who need them. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.nokid­hun­

El­iz­a­beth Baker, left, and Jamie Bal­hon

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