LAKELAND, FL (October 9, 2019) – Achievement Academy’s sixth annual Top Chef of Polk County event will take place on Monday, February 24, 2020, from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.
Last year, the Achievement Academy raised $150,000 for children with special needs. The event is expanding from 250 guests last year to 350. This will be a night of delicious food and fellowship while raising much-needed funds for children with special needs.
Participating chefs will create and prepare their signature dish (tapas style) accompanied with a wine or libation that complements the flavors of the dish. Guests will enjoy a cash bar, silent/live auctions and a tasting of signature dishes from Polk County’s leading chefs.
Guests will judge each chef on their creation to award the title of “Top Chef of Polk County 2020.” In addition, guests will rate each dining station to award the “Top Table Décor.” The chef who raises the most funds for Achievement Academy through their donated auction item(s) and online voting will earn the “Top Philanthropic Chef” award. Chefs will sample each signature dish prior to the event to vote for the “Chefs’ Choice” award.
We are proud to announce our participating chefs for this year’s event:
Chef William Ball, Cob & Pen
Chef Tina Calhoon, Frescos Southern Kitchen and Bar
Chef Gene Gelb, Publix Aprons Cooking School
Chef James Lazaros, La Imperial Bakery Café & Catering
Chef Luis Melgar, 1916 Irish Pub Lakeland
Chef Matthew Oakley, Crave and Copper
Chef Dean Riley, The Estates at Carpenters
Chef Steven Rojas, Nutwood
Chef Patrick Schaefer, Patio850
Chef Jose Vicente, Brasa Latina
Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc.
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The Achievement Academy serves children from birth through age five with various developmental delays and disabilities. The Achievement Academy offers two programs, each provided at no cost to the child or family. The first program is a Charter School that offers specialized instruction by certified teachers; small class sizes; individual speech, occupational and physical therapies; and assistive technologies that enable each student to reach his or her full potential at one of the Achievement Academy’s three campus locations (Lakeland, Winter Haven and Bartow). The second is a “Birth to Three Program” that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers who are “at-risk” for developmental delays and/or have been identified with a specific delay. Professional Early Interventionists serve these children and their families.