FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Gourmet food and fine wine from global culinary destinations are on the menu for "Epicurean Escapade 2017: A Food & Wine Experience,” presented by the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), 1855 Griffin Road in Dania Beach.

This year’s Epicurean Escapade benefits the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross Hospital in honor of local businessman Phil Smith who passed away in December from ALS. Smith made the donation in order to bring much needed research and treatments to South Florida.

Once established, the Phil Smith ALS and Movement Disorders Clinic will provide the local community with access to leading edge clinical trials and research through an expanded relationship with Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

“We are forever grateful for Phil’s support of Holy Cross Hospital,” said Holy Cross President and CEO Patrick Taylor, M.D. “The funds raised during Epicurean Escapade will help ensure that Phil’s legacy and spirit live on through the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross Hospital.” 

Guests attending Epicurean Escapade 2017 will indulge in full plates of delectable cuisine and generous pairings of a wide variety of wines while enjoying a fun evening of dancing, live musical entertainment and an auction featuring trips and other extraordinary experiences.

Chairs for Epicurean Escapade 2017 are Vicki Homer, Cheryl Lamb and Julie Valent.


This marks the 61st year for the Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser benefiting the non-profit hospital. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, call Elaine Lacker at 954-229-8562.

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