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Our Own “Top Chefs”

A new culinary experience — the SWFL Chef Invitational — will grace the Sanibel Community House later this month as six Southwest Florida professional chefs take the stage with seven youngsters who are participating in the Culinary Education program.

“Come out and support us and the culinary program,” Community House Resident Chef Jarred Harris said. “There will be excellent entertainment, top shelf food and chefs looking to impress.”

The highly acclaimed guest chefs, who will each be paired with a “junior chef,” include Werner Dietrich from Olde Hickory Golf and Country Club; Wilhelm Gahabka from Bay Colony Golf Club; Steve Joynt from Spring Run Golf Club; Craig Panneton from Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina; Melissa Talmage from Sweet Melissa’s Cafe and John Wolff from Casa Ybel Resort.

The SWFL Chef Invitational will treat those in attendance to a sit down small plate tasting due to each chef, student duo preparing one course of the six course menu to be served. Hors d’oeuvres, champagne and wine will be served before the event. Chef Loretta Paganini will be the master of ceremony.

The fundraising event will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 27, at the Sanibel Community House located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. It is $150 per person to attend. All of the proceeds from the event will go directly back into the culinary program at the Community House. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit, or call 1-(239) 472-2155.

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