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Chefs to Schools 2017-Mattison and PV students

LET'S EAT! Pictured from left at the 2017 Kids N Chefs Gala at McIntosh Middle, Chef Paul Mattison stands proudly behind fourth-grade students from Pine View School as they serve up their creation, Roasted Pork Paella. From left in front of Chef Paul are Gryffin Tizes, Caroline Steinwachs, Aiden Nisberg, MacKenzie Haas, Gigi Mattison and Leuck Williams.

SARASOTA, April 25, 2017 – The Food and Nutrition Services Department of Sarasota County Schools will host the fourth annual Chefs Move to Schools: Kids N Chefs Sundown Gala, 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at McIntosh Middle School. The dinner will be served in the school cafeteria. Tours of the school’s garden will be available for guests.

The Chefs Move to Schools program pairs local professional chefs with schools to help educate children about food and nutrition. Students learn culinary skills and contribute to recipe creation for the district’s school lunches, and chefs gain an understanding of school food service and the National School Lunch Program. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at or directly from Food and Nutrition Services staff and School Nutrition Association members. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to a fund by the Sarasota County School Nutrition Association that awards annual college scholarships to high school seniors in each of the district’s traditional public high schools.  

Chefs and restaurant owners working with students to create chef-inspired, kid-approved recipes featuring Florida-grown foods include:  

  • Paul Mattison, Chef/owner of Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering, partnering with Pine View School
  • Ray Lajoie, Chef at Mattison’s Forty-One, partnering with Gulf Gate Elementary
  • Chris Covelli, Chef/owner of Culinary Creations & Entertainment, parterning with McIntosh Middle
  • Michael Yoder, Chef at Oak & Stone, partnering with Gocio Elementary

The theme of the event is Farm to School, and all recipes will feature produce from Florida farms. Local farmers who supply food for Sarasota County Schools will be at the event to speak to guests about their farms and to showcase their partnership with the school district. Farmers scheduled to attend include Dale McClellan of M&B Products, the districts’ milk and juice provider; Alan and Leslie Jones of Jones Potato Farm; Paul Allen of RC Hatton Farms; and Mike Baker and Sarah Whannel of Homestead Hydroponic Farm.

Community members are encouraged to help celebrate this collaboration of local chefs, Sarasota County public school students, and Food and Nutrition Services Department staff by attending the Kids N Chefs Sundown Gala.

McIntosh Middle School is located at 701 S. McIntosh Road in Sarasota.


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