Appetite For The Arches – A Unique Fundraising Dinner with Central Florida Chefs Using McDonald’s Ingredients

Coming up on March 1 is the Appetite for the Arches a very unique fundraising dinner event. The dinner will feature a number of Central Florida’s talented chefs and restaurants, all creating dishes using McDonald’s® ingredients for guests to sample. Funds raised will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida to provide a home away from home for families with critically ill children.

I had a chance to preview some of the dishes from some of Orlando’s most celebrated chefs. James and Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, and Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant. They ALL made great dishes using McDonald’s products and I was pleasantly surprised. They really transformed the ingredients into dishes that represent their style in each of their restaurants. The full list of chefs are from around Central Florida, with a guest from Miami.

Following dishes are just a preview of what’s to come on Saturday, March 1, from 7 to 10 the Orlando World Center Marriott.


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Chef Kathleen Blake: Charmoula Chicken, Salt and Vinegar Potato Crisp, pickled red onion.

(using McDonald’s® chicken breasts, hash browns, onion)


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Chef Kevin Fonzo: Chipotle BBQ Beef Enchilada, caramelized onions, Southwestern Veggie Salad

(using McDonald’s® steak, tortilla, cherry tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, Southwest veggies, Chipotle BBQ sauce, white onion)


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Chef James Petrakis: Brandade Fritter with smoked tomato bolognese

(using McDonald’s® the Filet-O-Fish, hamburger, pork sausage, bacon, cherry tomatoes)


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Chef Julie Petrakis: Caramel Apple Bread Pudding, Oatmeal Raisin Streusel, Vanilla Ice Cream

(using McDonald’s® caramel sauce, Cinnamelts, apple slices, oatmeal raisin cookies, Vanilla ice cream, lemon, milk, eggs)


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Signature Cocktails:

Troy & Jam (using McDonald’s® strawberries and strawberry drizzle)

Whiskey Smash (using McDonald’s® Hazelnut Syrup, maple syrup, apple slices)

The fact that chefs are putting their names on these dishes using McDonald’s® ingredients says a lot. They are doing it for a good cause and the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida will be able to help kids in need. See the details below and click on link to register.




What happens when you combine Central Florida’s best chefs and McDonald’s® ingredients? A charitable event for the Ronald McDonald House Orlando fit for foodies. Please join Chefs James and Julie MARCH 1 at Appetite for the Arches at the Orlando World Center Marriott where they’ll be serving creative and delicious dishes like Julie’s caramel apple bread pudding using McDonald’s Cinnamelts and James’ brandade fritter with smoked tomato bolognese using the Filet-O-Fish. Funds raised will help Ronald McDonald House Orlando provide a home away from home for families with critically ill children—keeping them together when it matters most.


When: Saturday March 1, 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: Orlando World Center Marriott

Cost: $250 per person


Participating restaurants include:

• Blue Bird Bake Shop

• Cask & Larder

• Citrus Restaurant

• Cuisiniers Catering

• Eddie V’s

• K Restaurant

• LUMA on Park

• Orlando World Center Marriott

• SeaWorld Orlando

• The COOP

• The Ravenous Pig

• The Ritz-Carlton

• The Rusty Spoon

• Yardbird

Words and photos by Julius Mayo Jr.
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