Chefs Unite to Save Mickey and Cure Sanfilippo II

Dinner & Debut Documentary Film Screening

March 12, 2018

                                                 6:00 pm

Deerfield, Newark, DE

Please join us for a night of delicious food, fantastic wine, and great company for a great cause! We will be supporting the Team Sanfilippo Foundation's efforts to find a cure for all of the children afflicted with Sanfilippo Syndrome, also known as MPS-III, a rare and fatal genetic disorder. Mickey Merrill was diagnosed with the disease, often referred to as Childhood Alzheimer’s, just last summer.

In addition to a very special meal from some of the Delaware Valley’s best chefs, we will feature the first ever-public screening of "The Weight of a Mountain", a short documentary about Sanfilippo Syndrome. Produced by Dan Salvo of DP Studios, the film features Carl Kapes, a fellow Delaware father whose children Ryan and Brayden also suffer from Sanfilippo Sydrome. Please view the film's trailer below.

In addition to your meal, tickets include an open bar throughout the evening as well as dessert. Gratuity is included. We will be holding a silent auction with lots of great memorabilia, trips, and more items. Donations are tax deductible and benefit Team Sanfilippo’s lifesaving efforts to find a cure.

Your meal will include items from the following chefs:

Chef Chris Peters, Back Burner

Pumpkin and Crimini Mushroom Soup- kubocha squash crostini, truffled crème fraiche, chive infused olive oil

Chef Andrew Thorne, Home Grown Café

Bitter Green Salad- housemade duck bacon, local blue cheese, caramelized leek, smoked walnut, white balsamic and port wine reduction

Chef Joe Johnson, Krazy Kats

Mango Scallop Ceviche- ginger cilantro boursin, shaved brussels sprouts salad, pistachio gravel, blood orange hot and sour, crispy pancetta

Chef Dave Lattomus, Culinary Instructor, St. Georges Technical High School

Garlic Poached Shrimp- avocado mousse, pickled radish, baby greens, charred corn relish, squid ink marble tuille

Chef Patrick Bradley, Tonic Bar and Grille 

Plantain Crusted Mahi Mahi- hearts of palm-orange salad, cumin emulsion

Chef Don’ta Whitley, Skipjack Dining 

  Coffee Stout Braised Beef Short Ribs- white chocolate cauliflower, apple celeriac slaw, smoked tomato leek jus

Chef Jason Barrowcliff, Brandywine Prime

Wild Boar Tenderloin- dark cherry local honey, triple cream blue cheese, macadamia nut praline

Chef Leah Suzanne Steinberger, Hotel DuPont

Assortment of Mini-Desserts and Pastries

Assisting chefs: Chef Chris Baittinger, Chef Damian Durnin, Chef Sean Howell, Chef Robbie Jester, Chef Sean McNiece, Chef Matt Myers, Chef Pat Niland, Chef Lauren Powers, and culinary students from St George’s Technical High.


Where is Deerfield Located? Is there parking?

Deerfield is at 507 Thompson Station Rd, Newark, DE 19711. It is just North of Paper Mill Rd, adjacent to the Bank of America Deerfield campus. On-site self parking is available. Please drink responsibly and consider an Uber or Lyft if necessary.

What should I wear?

Attire is semiformal.

Are you accepting any additional items or services for the silent auction?

We absolutely are! Please contact Mickey's parents at [email protected] to make arrangements.

Will I be able to use a credit card to purchase Save Mickey merchandise or pay for Silent Auction items?

Yes, we will be able to accept credit cards at this event.

I can't come, but I'd still like to help. Can I make a direct donation?

Absolutely, and thank you! Direct donations can be made to the Team Sanfilippo Foundation at 

Where can I find more information?

For information and updates on Mickey specifically, please see . For more information on Sanfilippo Syndrome, the research projects your donations will be funding, and more, please see .



Includes all of the evening's events, including cocktail hour, an open bar throughout the evening, dinner, and the chance to bid on many items in the silent auction.

Proceeds are tax deductible and benefit Team Sanfilippo.

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