St. Jude Brought The Best Celebrity Chefs To The Salamander Resort

Hey Cutie,

As promised on Monday, I’ve got the full recap of the St. Jude Wine Country Garden Harvest.  The day started with Chef Carla Hall’s Cooking Demonstration. That was followed by a Wine Tasting + Hors d’oeuvres + Entertainment + Live Auction. The big boom was the Farm to Table Dinner with Celebrity Chefs, St. Jude guest, silent auction and dessert.

The video recap.

St Jude Garden Harvest


The event took place at the beautiful Salamander Resort & Spa, in Middleburg, Virginia.  This place was breathtaking.  It is owned by Sheila Johnson, Co-Founder of BET. Yes, you read that right, she and her ex-husband created BET in 1979. She also has ownership of the Washington, DC sports teams: NBA Wizards, the NHL Capitals, and the WNBA Mystics. She was the biggest sweetheart and I adored her.

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Event Booklet

There was so much going on, but they broke it down nicely in the booklet. It also gave us a chance to read up on the other Celeb Chefs and event sponsors.

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L to R: Chef DeeDee Coleman, Chef Rock & Chef Bren

We went from table to table experiencing what each Chef had to offer. I should have worn a skirt with an elastic waistband.

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Chef Bren’s: Sweet English Pea & Minted Soup

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Chef Dee Dee: Award-winning Red Velvet Chicken and Waffles

Of all the things that I ate, trust me I ate all of the things. This Red Velvet Chicken and Waffle was the absolute best thing I put in my mouth. Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious!

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Chef Rock’s: Hell’s Kitchen Season III Winner

I love Gordon Ramsay’s show Hell’s Kitchen. I watched Season III and so I knew who Chef Rock was via the TV. It was so dope to actually meet him in person. He is a DC local so that makes things even sweeter. He was serving up biscuit sandwiches, they were bomb homemade biscuits. I’m holding them on my plate in the picture above.

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Mi & The Style Medic

We had the time of our life at this event. We met a lot of amazing people, we chatted we laughed and we took it all in.

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The garden

The Salamander Resort & Spa is star rated for a reason.

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Photo shoot oh yeah!

St Jude Celebrity Chef Event

The Style Medic photo shooting!

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Dinner Time

After our spectacular garden photo shoot, it was time to come in for dinner.  Dinner was a three-course meal and each course was paired with a wine. While we dinned we had a St. Jude family share their story. We heard from St. Jude’s CEO and Sheila Johnson.  With each course, the Chef’s that prepared the meal came out and talked to us about it. Followed by the Vineyard who explained the wine pairing.

St Jude Celebrity Chef Event

First Course

 Roasted Piri Piri Baby Carrots with Portuguese Cucumber Salad – Chef Carla Hall

Wine: Wild Boar Sauvignon Blanc – Stone Tower Winery

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Second Course

Wok Fired Gulf Shrimp with Garlic & Bacon XO Sauce served with Korean Rice Porridge – Chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee

Wine: N/V Wild Boar Rose Cuvee – Stone Tower Winery

Third Course: Not pictured because I’m fat, but man it was so delicious.

72-hour Braised Wagyu Beef Zabaton with Charred Local Ramp Tops, Oyster Mushrooms & Red Wine and Sage Demi – Chef Ryan Arensdorf

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – Barrel Oak Winery

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Wine, Wine and more wine

Wild Boar Sauvignon Blanc – Stone Tower Winery: Wild Boar Sauvignon Blanc – Stone Tower Winery
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – Barrel Oak Winery

St. Jude CEO: Richard C. Shadyac Jr.

I met Mr. Shadyac when I did my St. Jude Blogger Tour. He is consistently a great guy, he was made for this job. His father and uncles both knew and worked with Danny Thomas from the beginning of St. Jude’s inception. He saw fit to continue their legacy.

Not pictured is the incredible live auction that took place. They auctions off trips, experiences and more all in the name of charity.

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The Chef’s and Sheila Johnson

They hooked us up with an incredible dessert buffet.

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Mi & Sheila Johnson

Sheila is the definition of a Boss, Forbes can back that up. Despite all of her fame and wealth, she has a heart of gold.

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Mi & Roland Martin

Roland Martin is an American journalist, syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, author, and TV One Host. What I didn’t know is he has this selfie game on lock.

I’m honored to be in the company of such amazing individuals. St. Jude is such a worthy cause and I love supporting them.

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Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That looks like it was so much fun! I could go for a day of beautiful gardens and great food and wine. Nice.

  2. Jeni

    Looks like an awesome event and such a wonderful cause. St Jude’s is an awesome institution that does so much for so many. it looks like everyone had a great time for a great cause.

  3. Joely Smith

    Oh MY! Red Velvet Chicken and Waffles! WOW! Also that Sweet English Pea & Minted Soup looks SO very good! I would love to attend an event like this for such a wonderful cause. I am so happy for you to have experienced it!

  4. Claudia Krusch

    This sounds like it was an amazing event. I would love to go to the Salamander Resort & Spa for a relaxing getaway.

  5. Dogvills

    What a wonderful event. I am not a wine drinker, but I love a good wine from time to time. You will learn so much from events like this.

  6. Victoria Heckstall

    Wow! That’s really awesome! I am very impressive. I would love to attend this kind of event.

  7. Karlyn Cruz

    The food are looks so delicious! That’s a wonderful event!

  8. Carol Cassara

    What a beautiful event and I love that all of this is for a cause that’s close to my heart. I hope that this continues for years so that they can keep raising money to help children.

  9. LaShawn

    This looks like it was an awesome event at a beautiful location. I love your skirt, you looked fabulous. and that red velvet waffle and chicken sounds so so good.

    • MimiCuteLips

      It really was LaShawn, I was honored to be in the room. Girl I would fly to Texas right now for a red velvet chicken and waffles.

  10. Latoya @ Life and a Budget

    Those waffles and chicken look amazing. We had some a few weeks ago.

  11. Tonia @TheChattyMomma

    This event looks nice. I can’t wait to check out Salamander Resort one day. It’s beautiful. I love chef Carla Hall too. I know you had a great time. .

    • MimiCuteLips

      Chef Carla is so freaking funny. I love a good personality. The Resort is stunning for sure, you must experience it.

  12. ricci

    Drinking wine and raising money for St Jude? Yes please!! Great post, you have such a great heart!!

  13. Ra'Nesha

    Wow what a fabulous event support of a wonderful cause. I’m s huge supporter of Riley Children’s Hospital and St.Jude.

  14. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    I need that Wok Fired Gulf Shrimp with Garlic & Bacon XO Sauce in my life right now! 🙂
    I have supported St. Jude and American Cancer Society since College, where is my trip? LOL
    or they need to at least re-create this in NYC where I am based! 🙂

    • MimiCuteLips

      Tracy is was mouth watering.
      Oh wow Tracy that is awesome. There events are open to the public, find one in a city near you and you can purchase a ticket.

  15. Elle (CleverlyChanging)

    St Jude always does some of the best events ever. The vineyard looks beautiful and I’m sure the food was delicious. Overall, I’m glad to see the hospital continue to prosper.

  16. Adeola

    Your outfit is so on point, the look of the velvet chicken waffle!!

  17. Amanda

    St. Jude is such a great organization to support because of all of the wonderful work they do for families. So the combo of St. Jude and wine? Such a winning combo!

  18. Michelle Waller

    This looks like it was an amazing event and like you had a blast. I just love St. Jude and what all they do.

  19. Ayak

    This event looks amazing even more so in th name of charity. I can’t lie, I love that the place is owned by a black woman too.

  20. Daria

    I love the work St. Jude does.I can tell this was an awesome event for an awesome cause. Looks like you had a ball and were surrounding by people who truly care about St. Jude’s mission. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Jenn

    What a beautiful spot!! I love meeting chefs and learning why they chose those dishes and how they created them

  22. Kita

    You look gorgeous lady. The garden harvest looks lovely and I know how important St. Jude is to the country and world.

  23. Gabriel

    Does my heart good to see wine growing to such an influential industry. Teaming with St. Judes just makes it better yet.

  24. Lynndee

    How fun! I would love to see Carla Hall in person. I’m a fan. And that Red Velvet Chicken and Waffle just made me hungry. 🙂

  25. Kirstin Fuller

    Love the work that St. Jude is doing. Looks like you and Te had a wonderful time. The Salamander Resort looks fabulous. I have to visit so I can me one of my role models, Sheila Johnson!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Kirstin, St. Jude constantly amazes me. We had an amazing time, we worked it all night long. Sheila is magical.

  26. Jenny

    Thats a pretty awesome event and for a great cause. St Jude is amazing.

  27. Kiwi

    What a beautiful event St.Jude has organized. Awesome shot with Roland Martin and great event recaps as always this was well done!

  28. Shaney Vijendranath

    All those food pictures are making this preggy mama drool! Eeek, I’m hungry now. Looks like an awesome day out.

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  30. EG III

    I had no idea Sheila Johnson had such an amazing resume. To go along with that, this looks like it was an incredible event!

  31. Courtney CJ

    If your photos don’t make me want to get up and buy some rose?! This event looks absolutely fabulous and I love that St. Jude hosted it. I love how passionate you are for them and they seem to have really taken care of you all for this event.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Courtney, I’m thankful that you can see my passion for St. Jude. I’ve never partnered with an organization that was so life changing.

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