Tour the Kitchens, Meet the Chefs, Enjoy the Food

(Bradenton, FL, February 25, 2014)

The Manatee Technical Institute Foundation will hold its Fourth Annual Tour of Kitchens on Sunday, March 2, in the historic Whitfield Estates neighborhood. Guests will enjoy culinary delights prepared by local chefs at each home, followed by desserts and a silent auction at Sara Bay Country Club.

The rich history of Whitfield Estates is reflected in the architectural diversity of its homes. Five select homes will be open for guests to “tour the kitchens” from 2 to 5 p.m. In each of the kitchens, a chef from a sponsoring restaurant will be serving tastes of one of their signature dishes. Guests will enjoy a wine chosen to accompany the dish, take in the beauty of the homes, and have a chance to converse with the chefs and mingle with other guests.

Here’s a snapshot of the participating chefs, restaurants and the dishes they will be serving: Nicholas Horne, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Shrimp Fondue; Ray Arpke, Euphemia Haye, Classic Caesar Salad; Jamie Gregorich, Manatee Technical Institute Culinary Arts Program, Lamb Lollipop on Carrot & Potato au Gratin; Joe Martin, Mexicali Border Café, Beef Chimichanga with Rice and Beans; and Dave Shiplett, SOMA Creekside, Shrimp & Grits.

As a sweet finale, guests may enjoy a silent auction and decadent desserts prepared by MTI Baking and Pastry Arts students and served at the Sara Bay Country Club from 5 to 7 p.m. SaraBay is recognized as one of the oldest and most prestigious golf courses in Florida. The MTI program was just accredited by the American Culinary Federation.

Tickets may be ordered online at Tickets are $55 per person. A VIP package for $800 includes limousine service, a bottle of champagne and tickets for a party of eight. For more information, contact Virginia Sirocky at 941.751.7900 x 1012 or at

Proceeds benefit the MTI Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, whose mission is to provide resources to support MTI programs, teachers and students.

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