A very well attended Amuse Charity Dinner & Silent Auction, unfolded Monday night at the Restaurant at Tierra del Sol.
The event was sold out with the local Food & Beverage community as well as visitors, regular guests of Amuse, who joined the party under the tag line: Help Us Recover.
Some of the island’s best chef were in the kitchen preparing a 4-courses dinner meal for guests who each paid $150, with all funds collected earmarked towards the rebuild of the restaurant.
Credit is due to host Jim Rooseman, of Tierra del Sol, Harold Castro, of Costa Linda Beach Resort, Erwin Husken, of Screaming Eagle, Douglas Sanchez, of Sushi Ya, and Urvin Croes, of White Modern Cuisine and Kitchen Table for conceiving an excellent menu, and serving more than 150 guests at the same time.
(Service was nice too, by an army of hospitality students, asking politely if to fill my water glass. Wine, I replied, and my wish was granted.)
The chefs were joined in the kitchen by an emotional Patrick van der Donk, chef-proprietor of Amuse Sunset Bistro who was moved to tears by the incredible willingness to help him reverse the course of history.
Ivette reports that many generous sponsors contributed to the successful evening.
From the Amuse GoFundMe page
On February 3rd, 2019, 10 years of hard work and honest effort by chef Patrick van der Donk and his wife and business partner Ivette Benavides was completely destroyed.
A late-night fire tore through their restaurant, leaving nothing to salvage. They lost everything in the fire, despite what they understood would be covered by insurance turned out otherwise. The insurer advised them that they are only entitled to very limited compensation.
But Patrick and Ivette are undeterred by this setback. They are strong and resilient people, a hard-working family, and devoted parents to 4-year-old triplet boys. Their focus is finding a new location for their restaurant while working out of a temporary “pop-up” location to pay their bills.
In order to re-establish what they lost and open a new location. Patrick and Ivette need our financial support. We are asking everyone who knows Patrick and Ivette or has visited their restaurant, to make a financial contribution thru this GoFundMe campaign. Every dollar raised will go directly to support the direct costs to re-establish their restaurant.
To show their appreciation for your donation, Patrick and Ivette would like to offer a gift certificate you can redeem at their new restaurant once opened.
Donate $50 and receive a certificate for two free drinks.
Donate $100 and receive a $25 certificate; Donate $200 and receive a $50 certificate; Donate $400 or more and receive a $100 certificate.
On behalf of Patrick and Ivette, thank you in advance for your support.