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THE RIVER - OCTOBER 11, 2019
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To Benefit Lee
Culinary students from seven Lee
Count y schools will compete
at the Florida Restaurant and
Lodging Association (FRLA) Lee
Chapter’s 2nd annual Taco Cook-Off
at the Burroughs Home & Gardens on
Tuesday, October 15. The fiesta will
begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end at 8
Held in partnership with Uncommon
Friends, the cook-off pits local ProStart
culinary student and instructor teams
preparing signature tacos and side
dishes for attendees and judges, hoping
for a chance to be crowned overall
winner of the Taco Cook-Off. The
competing high schools are: East Lee
County High School, Estero High
School, Oasis Charter High School,
Island Coast High School, Lehigh
Senior High School, Cape Coral
Technical College and Fort Myers
“The event is a great way to give
students experience in cooking for
large numbers of guests and serves up
a healthy dose of competition,” said
Melissa Johnson, teacher on assignment
at The School District of Lee County,
who oversees the ProStart/culinary
programs locally. “Communit y events
like this cook-off are wonderful for
showcasing local student talents, but
also helps raise awareness and money
for these career and technical education
In addition to great food, there will
be live music, raffles and silent auctions.
Guests will not only be able to try the
student and instructor’s creations, but
they will also lend a hand in the judging
process, picking the fan favorite winner.
The overall winner will be selected by a
group of local celebrity judges including
ABC7 News’ Simone Cuccurullo,
Guy Clarke and James Fraser as well
as FOX4’s Lisa Greenberg, Chef Jay
Johnson, Normal Love, Chef Joe
Pittman, and many more.
Proceeds from the event will
go towards Lee County’s ProStart
programs, contributing to student
scholarships, classroom supplies and
equipment as well as state competitions.
ProStart is a nationwide, t wo-year
program for high school students in
which they learn culinary techniques
and management skills.
In addition, FRLA is partnering with
Uncommon Friends to raise money for
their scholarship programs, too.
Tickets are $30 and are available
to purchase at ww w.frla.org/event/
The Burroughs Home is located
at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers.
For more information on the Taco
Cook-Off, contact FRLA Southwest
Florida Regional Director Lois Croft at
339-7692 or email@example.com.
Culinary students compete at the inaugural taco cook-off
The Lee County Library System
and Lee County Human &
Veteran Services are working
to help children spread kindness
throughout the county.
Through November 30, collection
boxes will be placed at all Lee County
Library locations to gather supplies for
people who are homeless.
The following items are needed:
travel-sized bottles of body wash,
hand sanitizer and liquid soap, lip
balm, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cans
of dry shampoo, bug spray, sun
block, flashlights, washcloths, socks,
deodorant, individual packs of face
and body wipes, ponchos and reusable
utility sporks. These items should be
new and unopened. Additionally, new
or gently used backpacks or drawstring
bags also are needed.
School-aged members of Kindness
Club, which meets at the South County
and Northwest Regional libraries,
decorated the collection boxes in
September. The children recently heard
a presentation about homelessness from
Matthew Wallace, homeless outreach
coordinator with Lee County Human &
After the collection period ends,
children in the Kindness Club will sort
the donations and pack them into
drawstring bags. Lee County Human
& Veteran Services will distribute the
Kindness Club is intended to
encourage kindness in the communit y
through projects and activities. Before
completing each one-hour program,
children learn about an issue or a need
and find a way they can help. Previous
projects have included making cards
for military personnel, creating dog
and cat toys for local animal shelters
and decorating reusable bags to give to
people who visit local food pantries.
For more information about the
Kindness Club at the South County and
Northwest Regional libraries, visit www.
leelibrary.net and click on Programs and
Events or call 479-4636. Registration
for this program is requested at both
For more information about outreach
programs or receiving services offered
by Lee County Human & Veteran
Services, visit www.leegov.com/dhs.
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