Ken Skovira, executive chef at Regal Palms, prepares food at the inaugural Chef’s Showcase at the Royal Palms in Largo July 17.
LARGO – About 100 guests attended the inaugural Chef’s Showcase, a culinary extravaganza at the Royal Palms in Largo July 17, to help raise more than $6,000 in scholarships for youth caregivers.
The Goodman Group, developer and manager of The Palms of Largo campus, hosted the event featuring eight well-known Florida chefs from company’s managed senior living communities in Largo, Naples and Spring Hill. These chefs conducted lively cooking demonstrations and food samplings to help raise money for the Caregivers Support Network, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to youth caregivers.
The money raised means that at least five additional scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded during Caregivers Support Network’s Caring Heart Society award recognition ceremony in May 2015.
The chefs exclusively prepared local, sustainable and organic food items. They have more than 200 years of combined experience in the culinary field and an additional 45 years working at Goodman Group managed communities.
Four food stations showcased the chefs’ exquisite recipes and samplings, with each station offering two food items and an intermezzo between each item. During the event, four of the chefs took turns being featured on the main stage conducting 20-minute cooking demonstrations. Guests also enjoyed complimentary wine and other beverages, alongside truffles and pastries.
The eight chefs who participated hold culinary management positions at Goodman Group-managed communities. Representing Largo were Sam Evangelista and Ken Skovira of Regal Palms, Joseph Cullen of Royal Palms, Joshua Wilson of Cypress Palms and John Lorio of Sabal Palms. Joseph Rotondo of Terracina Grand in Naples and Michael Bokosky from The Residence at Timber Pines in Spring Hill also were featured.
“It is great to be part of a cause that gives back to a truly unique organization as the Caregivers Support Network, and it allows the chefs to showcase their talents preparing healthy and delicious cuisine,” said Robb White, national director of culinary operations for The Goodman Group.
Along with the culinary offerings, the event featured a silent auction of more than 50 items.