Released on: April 02, 2015, 3:57 pm (EDT)
Industry: Non Profit

Deerfield Beach, Florida, April 02, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The foundation invites the public to join them for a festive fundraising feast, “Tastes of Tulio.” Taking place Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Room of the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, the evening will benefit the Jordan Porco Foundation, which Porco founded in memory of his late son to prevent suicide in high school and college-age populations. Tastes of Tulio guests will experience unique and fabulous food paired with wines from throughout the world—all in an intimate venue—with host Executive Chef Tulio Castilla Jr. cooking live. The evening will also include a silent auction with luxurious prizes. Tickets cost $200 per person and will benefit the Jordan Porco Foundation. (Table for 10 costs $2,000.) Organizers hope to raise awareness and financial support for the mission of the organization.

“Guests can expect an evening of first-class cuisine, the finest wines and wonderful company—all in the name of charity,” says Chef Tulio. “I’m honored to be part of such an important event that we hope will positively impact the lives of countless teenagers and young adults.”

The foundation’s dinner menu includes Balsamic Glace Tuna Tower, including tuna with onions, tomatoes and avocado topped with crispy onions; Shrimp and Radicchio, featuring jumbo shrimp sautéed with garlic and pineapple set inside crispy radicchio; Strozzapreti with Porcini Mushrooms, comprising fresh pasta sautéed with zucchini and yellow squash and fresh porcini mushrooms in a truffle mascarpone sauce; Bone Marrow, featuring roasted bone marrow served with arugula pesto, raspberry jam and toast points; Duck Breast and Creamy Polenta, including seared duck breast served on creamy sage polenta in a chocolate demi-glace; and Filet and Foie Gras, comprising filet topped with foie gras pate in a mushroom bordelaise sauce.

From his family’s kitchen to the restaurant table, Chef Tulio delivers a unique mixture of Italian classics and a hint of South American flair. His passion for food and unique blending of ingredients produces creative and delicious dishes sure to please any palate. Born in Colombia, Tulio’s father moved the family to Jersey City, NJ, where he started helping in the kitchen as his family entertained friends from Europe and America. At age 12, his family returned to Colombia where he learned to create classic South American dishes from his mother.

Traditional Italian food became his favorite type of food and the Italian cuisine continues to be a great influence in the family. At the age of 16, the family moved to back to the US to Miami. After graduating college, Tulio became a marketing consultant but continued to cook as a hobby and continued to perfect his craft. He moved to Chicago where he was able to work with many of the most renowned chefs in town and realized it was time to dedicate his career to his passion for cooking. He opened his first restaurant in Chicago in 1992.

Tulio returned to Florida to open Tulio’s Café in Boca Raton in 2004. Ready for a new challenge, Chef Tulio accepted the position of Executive Chef at Cafe Med and Burger Craze at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Both restaurants opened in early 2014 to rave reviews. Chef Tulio has developed a loyal following and continues to showcase his talents, creativity and passion that have inspired the delectable menu at both outstanding beach-side restaurants.

Tastes of Tulio will take place at the Royal Palm Room, Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, 2096 N.E. Second St., Deerfield Beach, FL. Please RSVP to 860.916.4561 or email Deirdre Tindall at For $5,000 sponsorship information, please contact Deirdre. For more information on the Jordan Porco Foundation, visit

About the Jordan Porco Foundation
Jordan Porco Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation created in the memory of Jordan Matthew Porco, who died by suicide. The mission of the foundation is to prevent suicide in the high school and college and college-entry student population that is often the end result of significant emotional disorders triggered by stress and/or not recognized within the person until it is too late. Our goal is to help prevent suicide among the high school college-age student population by increasing awareness, identifying resources available to students, helping friends and family recognize the warning signs of depression, encouraging at-risk persons to seek out help, and providing financial support to those organizations and programs dedicated to suicide prevention. Visit

About Café Med Ristorante
Where warm hospitality and ocean views are on the house, Café Med Ristorante brings the tastes of authentic Italian cuisine to the sandy shores of Deerfield Beach, Florida. A menu comprising traditional and family style dishes is pleasantly complemented by beachfront views and an open, inviting dining atmosphere. Serving breakfast and dinner daily, Café Med sets the perfect backdrop for a sunrise breakfast, a romantic date night or evening with family or friends. Under the direction of Executive Chef Tulio Castilla, Jr., Café Med’s menu comprises fresh seafood, signature pastas and flavorful entrees. The origins of Café Med’s time-tested recipes and authentic ingredients can be traced from the shores of the Mediterranean to the shops of Arthur Avenue, “The Real Little Italy” in the Bronx, New York, where the restaurant proudly source many ingredients. Visit

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