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THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 19, 2016
Imaginarium Cook-Off Is March 12
MasterChef finalist Derrick Peltz will be a judge as four of Southwest Florida's
finest chefs whisk, chop and improvise their way to glory in the Celebrity
Chef Cook-off at the 11th annual Imagine Gala from 7 to 11 p.m. on
Saturday, March 12 at the Imaginarium Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue
in Fort Myers. The Imagine Gala made a record $100,000 last year to benefit the
Imaginarium and the Southwest Florida Museum of History.
For this special engagement, Peltz returns home to Fort Myers as celebrity judge,
Contestants are chefs James Fraser, David Rashty, Fabrice Deletrain and Ben Voisin,
doing battle, armed with a special Fresh From Florida pantry and a surprise ingredi-
ent that will serve up magic or mayhem. Attendees will help determine the fate of the
gourmet gladiators as they sample the goods and vote electronically for their favorite
Chef Fraser is a Johnson & Wales culinary school grad whose CV includes tenures
in restaurants in Paris, Italy and India. For the past 10 years he has been an instructor
for Florida Gulf Coast University's Resort and Hospitality Management program.
The International Culinary Center in New York City is Chef Rashty's alma mater,
and he's got 3-star Michelin restaurants on his resume. Chef de Cuisine at Pink Shell
Beach Resort and Marina, Rashty has worked under such prestigious names as Daniel
Boulud and Jean Georges.
Chefs Deletrain and Voisin represent team Fathoms, the Cape Harbour eatery, and
are the masterminds behind Black Salt Culinary catering. Deletrain studied at L'École
de Paris des Métiers de la Table, and he worked with Michelin three-star chef Guy
Savoy for eight years. Before that, Voisin was executive chef at Montpelier Plantation
and Beach on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Previously he managed 20 kitchen teams
as executive sous chef at La Manga Club Hotel Principe Felipe in Spain. Voisin is also
executive chef at Fathoms' neighbor, The French Press.
Peltz can't resist getting into the action and will create his very own Fresh From
Florida-inspired appetizer for the crowd to sample. Food will be passed throughout the
evening and 14 speakers throughout the building will broadcast plenty of smack talk
and play-by-plays of the competition, along with announcements regarding the live and
silent auctions. Auction items last year included a Steamboat Springs getaway and a
Gala tickets are available at ISC2016.gesture.com.
MasterChef finalist Derrick Peltz should watch his back when judging the 11th annual
Imagine Gala Celebrity Chef Cookoff, as chefs Ben Voisin, James Fraser, David Rashty
and Fabrice Deletrain plan a food fight
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South
announced that its nominee -- Lee
County Sheriff's Officer Deputy
Mike Zazwirsky -- has been chosen by
the Edison Festival of Light Committee
and program sponsor Goldstein,
Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz as the
Honorary Grand Marshal of the Grand
Parade of Light, set to take place on
Saturday, February 20.
Zazwirsky was chosen from a list
of candidates including Take Stock In
Children Mentor of the Year Gary Avin
and Big Brothers, Big Sisters Board
member Ben Simmons. The public
placed online votes to determine the
Honorary Grand Marshal.
After being recognized as its 2015
Law & Order Ball Officer of the Year,
Zazwirsky was chosen for his Fighting
Holiday Hunger initiative that resulted in
food for nearly 3,000 families.
"Deputy Zazwirsky truly demonstrates
what our profession is all about," said
Sheriff Mike Scott. "Not only has he
done wonderful things for the community
when it comes to feeding the hungry, he
also developed a juvenile arrest monitor-
ing system that is being modeled through-
out our agency."
Zazwirsky is a 12-year veteran of the
Lee County Sheriff's Office currently
assigned in the North District of Lee
County. Throughout his professional
career and personal life, he has been
serving those in the community. Because
of Zazwirsky's instrumental role in helping
and improving his community, the Rotary
Club of Fort Myers South determined he
was also a great candidate for nomina-
tion for Honorary Grand Marshal of the
The Grand Parade of Light is a two-
hour extravaganza featuring local and
national marching bands, unique floats
and giant balloons, local government and
law enforcement officials and more. The
parade, which has gained recognition as
the largest night parade in the southeast,
brings the entire community out in cel-
ebration of the life and achievements of
winter resident, Thomas Edison.
Beginning at Fort Myers High School
at 7 p.m. and concluding in the down-
town River District, the parade will be fol-
lowed by a Grand Parade Party and con-
cert on the river, with live entertainment
the day of the parade. The fun begins at
11 a.m. To learn more about the Edison
Festival of Light, visit www.edisonfestival.
org or call 334-2999.
Deputy Michael Zazwirsky
"Packed with facts and employing an engaging storytelling style,
[Female Pioneers of Fort Myers] both teaches and entertains.
Local history buffs and newcomers to history will value Tuthill and
Hall's research and appreciate the accessible format, too."
Gerri Reaves, PhD, author of Legendary Locals of Fort Myers and Fort Myers, Then & Now
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