On Monday, June 13, 2005, I had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, owner and chef of Cincinnati Ohio’s Jean-Robert at Pigall’s at 7 Days for SIDS: A One Week Fundraiser for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, an event that he and his wife Annette founded after losing their daughter Tatiana to SIDS in June of 2002. In the past two years, this annual event has raised over $80,000 for SIDS education, research, and parent support and has funded the Tatiana de Cavel scholarship fund at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
Â This evening, I againÂ had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, owner and chef of Cincinnati Ohio’s Jean-Robert at Pigall’s at 7 Days for SIDS: A One Week Fundraiser for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, an event that he and his wife…
After work tonight, I headed over to Pho Paris restaurant because I’veÂ been invited to join the planning committee for the 7 Days for SIDS events that take place every June. Being invited to join the committee is very exciting for me. I’ve worked on the event for the lastÂ two years, and am happy to be able to help in this new capacity.
The meeting was short but informative, and helped me in the ongoing process of getting up to speed.
After our meeting ended, I left to go join the rest of the gang for HAPPY MOUTH, which you can read about here…
June 9-15 2008 was the annual 7 DAYS FOR SIDS fundraiser for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). I had the honor of serving on the Planning Committee for my second year.
7 Days for SIDS raises money for awareness and research towards the eradication of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), the number one cause of death of children from birth to one year, through the Sudden Infant Death Network of Ohio. And to sustain the Tatiana de Cavel Scholarship Fund at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
While weâ€™re still sorting through everything, it looks as though Sundayâ€™s Fatherâ€™s Day Brunch (weâ€™re still adding up the rest of the weekâ€™s donations)may put this year in line to be a record-setting year for this event!
I worked the Brunch on Sunday. My responsibilities included assisting chefs with load-in of their food (I worked at the dock to get the chefâ€™s equipment and supplies onto rolling carts, which were delivered to the chefâ€™s table by Erin and Melissa, two students), directing chefs on where to go, solving problems (like getting Jean-Francoisâ€™ (Taste from Belgium) power back on when the circuits kept blowing!), general cleanup, mingling with the guests, and announcing various things (for some reason, no one knew how to access the Public Address system in the building, so we resorted to, well, shouting).
Jean-Robert & Annette de Cavel (of Jean-Robert at Pigallâ€™s) were busy most of the day greeting guests as they arrived to the event. While Iâ€™m sure being busy didnâ€™t completely quiet their minds, I hope the positive nature of the busy-ness was a relief from the sadness associated with the timing of this event â€“ it falls near the anniversary of the loss of their baby daughter, Tatiana.
During this yearâ€™s event, I learned a bit about the history of 7 DAYS FOR SIDSâ€¦ After Tatianaâ€™s death in 2002, Jean-Robert (â€œJRâ€) and Annette wanted to host a one-night memorial/fundraiser event in March of 2003. As word of the event spread throughout the Cincinnati restaurant community, offers of support and participation flooded in from chefs, restaurants, and other businesses to help out in any way they could. With such an outpouring of love and support, the event envisioned by JR & Annette, which was intend to be one-night-only, quickly expanded into a weekâ€™s worth of activities
Now, the week includes golf outings, special donations from restaurants (for example, proceeds from the sale of certain menu items during the week), cooking demonstrations (including live cooking demos from 10 chefs at the wonderful kitchens of Homearama), art shows, brunches, bowling, a silent auction, and new this year, a live auction event. Also new this year is a commemorative CD with recipes, chef bios, a video, and SIDS information.
Now in itâ€™s 5th year, 7 DAYS FOR SIDSâ€¦
* has raised nearly $400,000 for SIDS research
* is the largest supporter of the Sudden Infant Death Network of Ohio
* is the second largest SIDS fundraiser in the country
It is our hope to eradicate SIDS so no family has to experience the heartache of losing a child to SIDS.
Because when we put an end to SIDS, we all sleep better at night.