Gavin Fine is a long-time local, the restaurateur known for his big heart, and a partner in Fine Dining Restaurant Group who owns Rendezvous Bistro, The Kitchen, Bin22, Q Roadhouse and Brewing Co., Il Villagio Osteria, and Bodega restaurants in Jackson Hole. Together they are bringing in one of America's most celebrated chefs to raise money for children's cancer treatment and cures over Alex's Table, an intimate dinner party being held on March 3 at the Kelly's home.
"The cause is amazing," says Fine. "Everyone on the East Coast knows about Alex's Lemonade Stand, and it's every chef's favorite event. I reached out to them years ago to help out any way I can."
When Fine first heard about Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), started by a little girl with cancer who set up lemonade stands to raise money for treatments, "It just tore at me," he says. "When kids are sick, it's crushing to me."
Years ago, Fine made an intention to use what he knew and was good at — food, wine, and beer — to raise money for kids with cancer. "It's my ultimate goal to combine all these passions I have to help people, to raise money. My my mom had cancer and I love kids more than anything," he says.
Like Fine, Vetri is a restaurateur with a huge heart. "When I asked Marc to come to Jackson to help introduce ALSF to the local community he immediately said yes," says Kelly. "He is as generous as he is talented."
Fine Dining Restaurant Group is donating food and Nick Ramkowsky of Vine Connections is providing the wine.
ALSF has raised more than $140 million since 2005 to fund 690 childhood cancer research projects. ALSF also uses donated funds to provide assistance to families who face the daunting need to travel for childhood cancer treatments.
Visit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation website to learn more about how they are helping kids with cancer, and their families.
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