The Manatee Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is presenting the 4th annual “Chowdown for Charity,” Thursday, October 25,6-8 p.m., at Riverhouse Banquets and Weddings, 955 Riverside Drive in Palmetto. Tickets start at $30 and are available for purchase at http://www.chowdown2012.eventbrite.com or by calling 941-545-3620.
Guests are invited to rub elbows with exceptional chefs from 10 of the area’s top restaurants and sample their finest fare. Dishes will be judged on appearance, creativity and taste in order to be qualified for the coveted “Best in Show” award and attendees will be able to sample these inspired dishes.
The event also features a student culinary competition. Guests will be treated to mouthwatering desserts prepared by culinary students from Manatee Technical Institute, Manatee High School, Southeast High School ,and USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology. Local celebrity chefs, Tommy Klauber (Pattigeorge’s and Polo Grill) and Ray Arpke (Euphemia Haye) will judge the student entries, awarding gold, silver and bronze recognitions.
This event raises funds to help support and continue culinary education in Manatee County. These programs help students become job-ready candidates while providing vital life and job skills. In addition, a percentage of the funds raised will be donated to the Food Bank of Manatee.
“Our 4th Annual Chowdown for Charity promises to be our best ever,” says Manatee Chapter FRLA board president Fred Hurley. “We have 10 of the finest restaurants, four schools participating and the greatest group of judges anywhere! Where else can you go and be treated to the best fare while supporting our youth? This is a not-to-miss event!”
Event chair Susan Kopstad agrees. “I’m so proud to be involved again this year as chairperson,” she says. “Our community’s culinary students have so much talent and promise. I firmly believe it’s vital to support them and their pursuits of careers in the hospitality field.”
Ticket pricing is as follows:
· In advance, online sales only:
o $30 general admission + cash bar
o $50 open bar + early event admission
· At the door, if available: