Area residents are invited to take a culinary excursion on Wednesday, Oct. 2, featuring Fairfield County's finest restaurants, all for a great cause -- stronger, healthier babies.

Chefs will come together for Signature Chefs Auction, an evening to benefit the March of Dimes at the Water's Edge at Giovanni's in Darien.

While tasting the creations of chefs from Barcelona Wine Bar, Rizzuto's Restaurant and Bar, the Water's Edge at Giovanni's and others, guests will bid on an assortment of live and silent auction packages.

Special guest speakers include Stacey Schieffelin, founder and president of ybf, and Lisa Wexler of "The Lisa Wexler Show."

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"We are thrilled to have not only the talents of many local chefs joining us in support of our mission to helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, but these two dynamic women as well," said Alyssa Kent, of the Signature Chefs Auction committee.

"Stacey and Lisa are both proud moms and know how important it is for women to be informed and supported before, during and after pregnancy. We know guests will be thoroughly entertained."

Funds raised support lifesaving research and educational programs in Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut. Premature birth is the

most serious infant health problem in the United States. It affects nearly half a million babies nationwide each year, including one in 10 babies

in Fairfield County. Babies

born too soon are more likely

to die or have lifelong disabilities.

Tickets are $175, or $1,500 for a table of 10. For reservations, visit marchofdimes.com/ct.