Chef Norman Van Aken Turns Up the Heat at 2nd Annual St. Jude Popup Dinner Party

The second annual St. Jude Popup Dinner Party for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the W Fort Lauderdale.

Chef Norman Van Aken will serve his signature dishes, which deliver a fusion of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, American and African flavors. He is the only Florida chef included on the James Beard Foundation’s list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage” and a 2016 MenuMasters Hall of Fame inductee. Premium wine parings selected by a certified sommelier will be available. The event also includes a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, patient family speaker and dancing.


“I’m honored to host the second annual St. Jude Popup Dinner Party with my wife Tatiana to help support efforts to end childhood cancer,” said Julián Casanova, event chairperson. “The evening will be an unforgettable experience – thanks to the signature dishes served by Chef Norman Van Aken – and a celebration of the research achievements of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Special thanks to event sponsors: The Morgan Law Group, JTS, Maxon Productions, Holman Enterprises, Simply the Best, YO Creative Marketing Consulting, OTC for me, Falcon Farms, Nüage Designs, Casa Diris Floral Designs and The Tanner Group.

Tickets are $250 each. For more information, contact Ligia Santos at 305- 537-1429 or visit

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