MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Joe’s Stone Crab opened its doors a day early to host a special dinner to help children in Miami-Dade County.
The South Beach restaurant hosted its annual pre-opening party, Claws for a Cause, benefiting the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Thursday night.
“Joe’s Stone Crab opens up one night early for its season on our behalf and donates this wonderful venue for us, in order to make sure that they support the children of Children’s Home Society,” said Bobbie King, CHS chairman of Miami-Dade.
Stephen Sawitz, the restaurant’s chief operating officer, said this is always a special occasion for them.
“They are one of our favorite, favorite charities,” he said. “They’re absolutely important to the community, important to children.”
Sawitz revealed the menu items.
“The stone crabs, the hash browns and the Key lime pie,” he said.
The restaurant also offers terrific turf to go with their surf.
“Great steaks, dry aged here at the restaurant,” said Sawitz. “We’ve got lamb chops. We’ve got, gosh, a full, complete menu with lots of sides.”
Which side items would Sawitz be referring to?
“Potatoes, grilled tomatoes, creamed garlic spinach,” he said. “I’m getting hungry thinking about it.”
CHS raises money for children and families affected by the child welfare system in Miami-Dade.
“Children’s Home Society may not be the most well-known charity across the state, but it is probably one of the most important,” said King, “and so events like this give us a chance to expand our outreach.”
Claws for a Cause also gives South Florida foodies their first taste of stone crab season before it officially kicks off.
“It’s unlike most charity dinners, which involve speeches and awards,” said King. “It’s very much a social event. It’s one hour of cocktails and then dinner with the folks at your table.”
About 400 people, including community leaders and influencers, attended the dinner.
Joe’s Stone Crab kicks off its official 105th season on Friday.
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