Executive Chef Timon Balloo Appointed SFL Chair


SUGARCANE raw bar grill Launches CANVAS Initiative to Bring Awareness to Childhood Hunger with Proceeds Benefitting No Kid Hungry

CANVAS Participating Chefs Include Marc Vetri, JJ Johnson and Pichet Ong

Executive Chef Timon Balloo Appointed SFL ChairTimon Balloo, Executive Chef and partner of SUGARCANE raw bar grill,  has been appointed as the new South Florida Chair of Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, one of the nation’s premier culinary benefits to end childhood hunger in America.  Balloo has supported the event through his role as Restaurant Chair for the past three years prior to this appointment; this role has been part of his larger dedication to expanding awareness of food insecurity nationally and specifically in the South Florida and Las Vegas markets, where he currently has restaurant concepts.

“It is an incredible honor to be appointed Chef Chair of Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, an organization and event whose mission I’ve respected for so many years,” says Chef Balloo. “Food insecurity is one of the world’s greatest solvable problems, so to help spread awareness of our shared mission, I have decided to take it a step further with the launch of CANVAS, a program that we’ve created to raise awareness and funds for the organization.”

CANVAS is a virtual guest chef series that launched in February with Chef Clay Conley of Buccan, Imoto, The Sandwich Shop at Buccan, and Grato. The program supports Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative, activating chefs from across the country to virtually participate in a month-long program that highlights a unique and inspiring dish created using a bowl as a blank “canvas.”  CANVAS’ upcoming all-star lineup of featured chefs include:

  • March – Marc Vetri, Chef/Owner of Vetri Ristorante, Osteria, Amis, and Alla Spina, all located in Philadelphia
  • April – JJ Johnson, Executive Chef of The Cecil and Minton’s located in Harlem
  • May – Pichet Ong,  Corporate Pastry Chef for Sugar and Plumm™, located in New York City

No Kid Hungry aims to build partnerships that enlist influential individuals to act as catalysts to advocate the policy changes needed to achieve its end goal of engaging the public to make ending child hunger a national priority. * Additional chef collaborations for CANVAS for the remainder of the year will be announced soon.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill also has a location in Las Vegas at The Venetian®, and is set to open in Brooklyn, New York in early summer 2017. For additional information or to make reservations please visit www.sugarcanerawbargrill.com.

* www.nokidhungry.org

ABOUT SUGARCANE raw bar grill

Helmed by Executive Chef & Partner, Timon Balloo, SUGARCANE raw bar grill is located in the heart of Miami’s Midtown district at 3252 Northeast First Ave. The menu features globally-inspired small plates from three kitchen concepts – an open fire grill, raw bar, and traditional kitchen – overseen by award-winning Executive Chef & Partner Timon Balloo, inviting guests to “kick back, eat well, and stay awhile.”

Embarking on a quest to celebrate the simple pleasures in life – eating well and celebrating with friends – the concept focuses on a “shared experience.” SUGARCANE raw bar grill also boasts one of the city’s most extensive rum programs, linked to the brand by sugarcane being the central ingredient in its fermentation as well as rum’s soulful history.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill in Miami is open daily for lunch and dinner; Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; on Saturday opens early for brunch at 10:00 a.m, closing at 2 a.m..; and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for brunch closing at midnight. The sumptuous private dining gallery seats up to 24 is also available for larger parties. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.sugarcanerawbargrill.com or call 786.369.0353. Follow or join the SUGARCANE raw bar grill community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.