Chef Brian Hill joins celebrity chef Todd English for Hope Elephants benefit

Posted:  Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 4:45pm

HOPE — Brian Hill, the celebrated owner/chef of Francine Bistro in Camden and Shepherd's Pie in Rockport will join celebrity chef Todd English in the kitchen at a dinner to benefit Hope Elephants at Point Lookout Resort on Sunday, Aug. 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

English, a world-renowned culinary artist and businessman who owns and runs many successful eateries around the globe, will bring his signature Mediterranean cuisine to the inaugural benefit dinner for Hope Elephants. Hill's background includes time in English's restaurants a number of years ago.

"This is an organization that means a lot to me, in part because it means a lot to my mother, and also because I believe in these conservation efforts," said English, whose mother, Patty Arcuni English, is a Camden resident and an active volunteer with Hope Elephants.

"I call home, and all she wants to talk about is Rosie and Opal, the two rescue elephants cared for by the organization," joked English recently.

The cost to celebrate summer in high style with English and Hope Elephants is $500 per plate. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour featuring some of his favorite hors d' oeuvres and wines at 5:30 p.m., followed by an elaborate dinner and dessert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Gary Clancy and friends will provide jazz throughout the evening, adding even more flavor to the event.

"We are so grateful for Todd's generosity,” said Steve Mortimer, executive director of Hope Elephants, in a news release. “Of course, we couldn't do this without the support of local establishments and our incredible team of volunteers. Those who are able to attend this special evening will be supporting a great cause, and I guarantee they'll have a great time."

Hope Elephants is a nonprofit in Hope. Its mission is to provide a unique and caring home for injured and aging elephants and to provide an educational program that inspires visitors to participate in wildlife conservation. The organization collaborates with individuals and other organizations committed to wildlife conservation, especially those working to protect and preserve elephants.

To make reservations for the benefit, contact Mortimer, 400-6129, or email Those wishing to stay overnight at the site may contact Point Lookout Resort at or call 789-2000. More information about Hope Elephants is available at and on its Facebook page.

Event Date: 
Sun, 08/04/2013 - 5:30pm
Event Location: 
Point Lookout
67 Atlantic Highway
Northport  Maine
Contact Name: 
Steve Mortimer, Hope Elephants
Contact Phone: 
(207) 400-6129