On Thursday, Feb, 27, it seemed the better part of the culinary and rock-and-roll world showed up in support of Chef Kerry Simon. The Kerry Simon Benefit at the Cleveland Brain Center toted tickets priced at $500 and $1,000 a piece, and hundreds of regular folks and celebrities stepped up in an incredible show of solidarity for Simon, who is suffering from an aggressive form of Parkinson’s disease.
Alizé’s Pastry Chef Tammy Alana got involved in direct support, too, by baking up nearly 500 “finger food” desserts for the After Party at Simon’s namesake restaurant at the Palms.
Although the Kerry Simon Benefit “After Party” wasn’t scheduled to begin until 11 p.m., Tammy was in the Alizé kitchen nearly 12 hours earlier, creating Smoked Chocolate Cigars, “Rock n Rolls” made of peanut nougat rolled in caramel, marshmallow puffed rice and toasted peanuts, miniature Bubblegum French Macaroons, “Simon Says” fortune cookies and “Very Berry Kerry Parfaits,” made of rich stacks of cream, custard, cake and fresh berries.
After the well-loved chef was serenaded and addressed by in-town and chef celebrities (George Maloof, Chef Charlie Palmer, Chef Daniel Boulud, Chef Rick Moonen, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Larry Ruvo, etc.) and rock-and-roll celebrities (Sammy Hagar, Slash, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Kip Winger, etc.), the party moved to Simon Restaurant for another few hours of conversation and elbow rubbing.
At night’s end, more than $560,000 had been raised in behalf of Chef Kerry Simon for his care and continue research for solutions with Parkinson’s MSA.