Chefs from more than 30 area restaurants served up bites of their signature dishes as part of The Tasting Experience, an early May fundraiser for the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services offered through Jewish Family and Career Services.

Event chairs Louise and Brett Samsky and Michelle and Gary Simon welcomed about 700 guests to The Stave Room for an evening of cocktails, a silent auction featuring art created by clients in the service’s artist collective and music from The Tasting Experience choir whose members are also served through the program. One of the event highlights was the presentation of the inaugural Champion of Inclusion award to Larry Smith, an original board member of the Marcus Foundation who has worked tirelessly on behalf of those with autism and developmental disabilities. Simply Buckhead was a platinum sponsor, contributing to the $700,000 raised for the cause.

PHOTOS: Steven R Dewberry

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