events Chefs for Scher: A Culinary Event Celebrating Late New York Restaurateur Steven Scher
February 2009

Join host chef Scott Conant of Scarpetta in Miami to celebrate the life of Steven Scher with a special luncheon. The event will feature the award-winning cuisine of Scott Conant of Scarpetta; Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter’s; John Fraser of Dovetail; Jean-Marie Auboine of Foutainbleau Miami Beach; and guest sommelier Jean Luc Le Dû of Le Dû’s Wines. Proceeds will benefit the Steven Scher Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Restaurateurs and the James Beard Foundation.

Steven Scher was a charismatic figure in New York’s restaurant scene, an industry he parlayed after a successful law career. The impetus for Steven’s professional leap from lawyer to restaurateur was a fundamental belief that he could achieve that which he set out to accomplish. With no prior food industry experience, Steven began meeting with professionals in the field, raising money to fund his concept and building a small company with enthusiastic partners Jeff Kadish and Paul Zweben, who shared a similar courageousness. More than 15 years later, Main Street Restaurant Partners, the company founded by Steve and his associates, grew to include such recognizable restaurants as Union Pacific, Rain, Calle Ocho, BLT Prime, and BarBao.

The Steven Scher Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Restaurateurs was established to award individuals interested in the culinary world who possess an entrepreneurial spirit, and who have a clear vision of their restaurant concept and the passion to see it through.

The James Beard Foundation is a not-for-profit culinary organization. Their mission is to celebrate, preserve, and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. The James Beard Foundation Scholarship program helps aspiring culinary students to realize their dreams by supporting them on a path to success in the rewarding world of the hospitality industry.

Event Sponsors
Canyon Ranch Miami Beach, David Collins Studio, Fontainebleau Hotel, Henriot Inc., Scarpetta

Host Committee
Jean-Marie Auboine, Will Blunt, Scott Conant, Bobby Flay, John Fraser, Steven Hall, Jean Luc Le Dû, Wendy Maitland, Drew Nieporent, Eric Ripert, Aimee Scher, Laurent Tourondel, Charlie Trotter, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Andy Wang, Paul Zweben.