Taste of Tamarac

October 13th, 2018

Food, Fun, and Live Entertainment on Tap at 14th Annual Taste of Tamarac

Media Contact: Peter Mason, The Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce, peter@tamaracchamber.org, 954-722-1520
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

All ages welcome to the Tamarac Community Center on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tamarac, Fla. – Clear your calendars! The Taste of Tamarac is back for its 14th year, even bigger and better than before. Presented by the Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce, the event will be held at the Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W Commercial Blvd, on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual event brings more than 50 local restaurants and businesses together and connects them with more than 1,000 residents for an entertaining, interactive, fun Saturday. This year, attendees can feed their ‘sweet tooth’ or ‘meet tooth’ with food provided by Metro Diner, Sam’s Club, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Saxsay Café, Tin Fish, Colony West Golf Club, J.P Taravella Culinary Students, Tijuana Flats, Tamarac Café Diner, Pizza Hut, Blue Fish Sushi Thai, Snappers, University Hospital, Earth Save, Benihana, Tijuana Taxi, Silverspot at Coconut Creek, Tropical Mint Tea, Los Verdes, Arby’s, Walmart, Reggae Pon the Grill and more.

Not in the eating mood? Walk around and meet with entrepreneurs from local businesses like 13th Floor Homes, Broward Health Coral Springs, PuroClean, MCCI, Dr. Dulay Dental, Back-In-Motion Chiropractic, Avenue Supportive Care, Walgreens, Creation Business Center, Rebounderz of Sunrise, Bailey Memorial, Strikers Family Sportscenter, City of Tamarac, Encore Dance Theater, PennHouse Productions, Ed Horowitz Strolling Musician, Arrigo Sawgrass, TLC Dental, Remax Interaction Realty, State farm Melba Ballard Tamarac Chamber of Commerce and more.

Other family-friendly activities include an arts and crafts station and several activities for children including Waste Management Cycler Robot, South Florida Cloggers, dancing competitions and face painting. Additionally, throughout the day, there will be stage demonstrations from local dance groups, schools, and community organizations.

The Taste of Tamarac will kick-off at the Launch Party from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28 at the Sawgrass Grand Hotel (300 N. University Drive, Sunrise, FL 33322). The launch party doubles as an afterhours business networking event where all industries and professionals can meet Taste of Tamarac sponsors, as well as Tamarac Chamber members.

At both the Taste of Tamarac and the Launch Party, there will be a food drive, co-sponsored by the Chamber and PuroClean. In addition to collecting non-perishable items at the two events, PuroClean and the Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce will be collecting food at their offices through November 17. All food collected will benefit Family Central, a Fort Lauderdale-based non-profit organization that provides quality family support and educational services.

Cost of admission to the Taste of Tamarac is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 6-12, and free for children five and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce, located at 7525 NW 88th Ave, or online at www.tasteoftamarac.org. An early bird rate of 50 percent off original ticket prices is available until October 11.

Sponsors of this year’s Taste of Tamarac include Broward Health Coral Springs, City of Tamarac, Applebee’s, Arrigo, Walmart, Bailey Memorial, MCCI, Waste Management, State Farm Melba Ballard, Walgreens and the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce.


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Chef Shermika Lyons "Chef Mika"

Chef Shermika Lyons known to all her students as "Chef Mika" is a native Floridian from Miami. Chef Mika enjoys cooking and teaching so much that she left behind a career in law to pursue her love and passion for cooking. Chef Mika graduated from the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Management. She enjoys preparing all types of cuisines from Floribbean to European, and invites her students to discover their “inner chef” when cooking and baking any delicious creation. Chef Mika is a certified Chef with the American Culinary Federation and is the newly elected President of the Broward Chapter of the organization. Chef Mika has been teaching at ARC Broward Learning Institute for the past 2 year and is the Lead Chef Instructor, she truly enjoys teaching culinary theories and concepts to her students in addition to preparing them to enter the culinary workforce via ARC Broward Learning Institute’s 16 week entry level Culinary Arts program. Chef Mika is a resident Chef in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs move to schools healthy eating initiative and travels to many elementary schools in Broward County creating healthy eating presentations for school-age children, she especially loves making appearances at her daughter’s elementary school. In her spare time Chef Mika is also the owner and executive chef of Chef Mika’s, LLC; a full service catering company (www.chefmika.com). She was recently featured in “Go Riverwalk Magazine” as One of Fort Lauderdale’s Top Favorite Female Chefs!!

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Chef Michelle Jones "Chef Jones"

Chef Michelle Jones "Chef Jones" of City of Tamarac, Youth Recreation Cooking Program and Here's Help, Inc., Culinary Arts Program. Chef Jones has been involved in the culinary world for the past 20 years. She has always had a creative and imaginary side and decided to pursue a degree in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. After receiving a degree in Interior Design, she decided to switch majors and pursue her passion for food with acquiring a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts & Management.This is where her love for food expresses itself through tasteful creations in the kitchen and through her imaginative dishes from varied cuisines.

Chef Jones has always had a heart for others and loves to give back to her community. She has made it one of her main priorities to support healthy eating habits catering especially to the younger generation. She supports Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program, which is "America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids" and has been working with the Mayors of different South Florida cities for several years implementing a similar program called "Let's Jump".

She is constantly creating fun, healthy, easy recipes that she shares and teaches through summer camp cooking classes, as well as evening classes in the surrounding cities for young people so that they can enjoy a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Her addiction to this cause has led her to acquire sponsorship from some of the biggest companies in South Florida like the Jamaican food giant Grace Kennedy and the Spanish-American spice giant Badia.

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