Celebrity chef to host benefit for Hope Elephants

Jul 10, 2013

Celebrity chef Todd English is not only coming to Hope, he’s giving it. Aug. 4, the world-renowned culinary artist and businessman who owns and runs many successful eateries around the globe will bring his signature Mediterranean cuisine to the inaugural benefit dinner for Hope Elephants.

“This is an organization that means a lot to me, in part because it means a lot to my mother, and also because I believe in these conservation efforts,” explains English, whose mother, Patty Arcuni English, is a Camden resident and an active volunteer with Hope Elephants. “I call home, and all she wants to talk about is Rosie and Opal, the two rescue elephants cared for by the organization.”

The event will take place at Point Lookout in Northport with breathtaking views of Penobscot Bay. Guests who wish to stay at the resort, located just seven miles north of Camden, are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible, as availability is limited.

The cost to celebrate summer in high style with English and Hope Elephants is $500 per plate. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour featuring some of Todd’s favorite hors d’ oeuvres and wines, followed by an elaborate dinner and dessert. Joining English in the kitchen will be Brian Hill, the celebrated chef behind three popular restaurants including Francine Bistro in Camden. Hill also spent time in English’s restaurants some years ago. Gary Clancy, whose band rocked Camden’s Rocktoberfest in 2012, has hand picked musicians from around Maine to play jazz throughout the evening, adding further flavor to the fun event.

“We are so grateful for Todd’s generosity. Of course, we couldn’t do this without the support of local establishments and our incredible team of volunteers,” said Steve Mortimer, executive director of Hope Elephants. “Those who are able to attend this special evening will be supporting a great cause, and I guarantee they’ll have a great time.”

Hope Elephants is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Hope dedicated to providing a medically supportive and caring home for injured and aging elephants, and to providing an educational program that inspires people around the world to participate in wildlife conservation.

To make reservations for the benefit, contact Steve Mortimer at 400-6129 or email smortimer@hopeelephants.org. For overnight accommodations at Point Lookout, go to visitpointlookout.com or call 789-2000. For more information about Hope Elephants, visit hopeelephants.org.

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