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2012 Children of the Refugio Cookbook
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September 20, 2011

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Calling All Cooks! Chef Seth Cloutman, long-time supporter/fundraiser for the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (RISE) and the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, has come up with a another great idea. He intends, in the next few months, to put together a cookbook featuring recipes from local chefs and restaurants to benefit the charities.

The Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (RISE) and the Vallarta Botanical Gardens are pleased to announce the 2012 Children of the Refugio Cookbook to be published in December 2011. Chef Seth Cloutman will edit the cookbook, which will be a collection of recipes from restaurants as well as community members.

All profits from cookbook sales will be split between RISE and the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. The cookbooks will be sold at participating restaurants and other businesses throughout the year.

Portraits of the Children of RISE, taken at the Botanical Gardens, will be interspersed with recipes and photos of the dishes. Vallarta photographer, Paul van Vleck, has donated the children's portraits, and Rebecca Texier, a New York City based photographer, has donated the food shots. Henry Baker, a Washington D.C. based graphic designer, has donated the design and layout of the 60 page, full color glossy collection.

A number of restaurants have already signed on including Trio, Vitea, No Way José!, Café des Artistes, The River Café, and Trattoria Michel, and certainly many more will participate. Each of the restaurants featured will also be participating in the February 11, 2012 RISE for Hope annual fundraiser.

Members of the community who wish to have their own recipe included in the collection are invited to make a $100 tax deductible contribution, and to submit two recipes by October 25, 2011. Each recipe will be tested by Chef Cloutman and the chosen dishes will be photographed and included in the cookbook.

Sound like something you can bite into? Please submit your two recipes by October 25th, 2011 to Seth at seth(at) and send your $100 US/CDN donation to either the US foundation at, or the Canadian Children's Shelter of Hope Foundation at with a notation of "Cookbook."

Further information is available by calling the Food by Seth office in Puerto Vallarta at (322) 222-8968. Be a part of this lasting collection of recipes while supporting the Children of the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza.

Seth Cloutman is the owner of Food by Seth, which provides services as a private chef, caterer and cooking class instructor. Specializing in French cuisine, Chef Seth develops menus that use these traditional techniques to include a broader cooking style that includes Northern Italian, Spanish, American Regional and Mediterranean cuisines. Full rich flavors, beautiful presentation and freshness coupled with experienced staff and attention to all the details will make your dining experience memorable. For more information, call (322) 222-8968 or visit

Click HERE to learn more about Seth Cloutman