Taste of Tamarac

October 12th, 2019

Taste Of Tamarac Press Release


Peter Mason

Executive Director

The Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce

Office:  (954) 722-1520




The Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce Hosts 11th Annual Taste of Tamarac Business Expo Presented by Broward Health Coral Springs

TAMARAC, FL – September 23rd, 2014 – The Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce will host its 11th annual Taste of Tamarac presented by Broward Health Coral Springs on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Tamarac Community Center. This signature event will feature exhibitors comprised of more than 30 local businesses and nonprofit organizations, as well as more than 30 food stations offering a wide variety of delicious food to sample. The event is an opportunity for exhibitors to expand their professional network in order to generate new customers and increase sales while showcasing delectable food from local restaurants and chefs.

Local esteemed chefs who will be spotlighted at the Taste of Tamarac include Chef Shermika “Chef Mika” Lyons of the ARC Broward Culinary Institute and Chef Michelle Jones “Chef Jones” of the City of Tamarac Parks and Recreation Culinary Class. A surprise chef from Applebee’s will also be on-site, creating samples for attendees. The chefs will also be giving live cooking demonstrations complete with step-by-step narration of food preparation.

Attendees of all ages are welcome at the Taste of Tamarac Business Expo. The event’s “Kids’ Corner” provides entertainment such as music, dancing, face painting, hula hoop contest, trivia contest, food samples, a fall costume contest and more for children.

Food exhibitors include:  Applebee’s, Arby’s, At’s Pizza, Buster’s Doughboys & Clam Cakes, Catering By Inverrary , Chelly’s Jamaican Restaurant, Chef Jones Tamarac Culinary Class, ARC Broward Culinary Institute , Chocolate Carz, Colony West Golf Club, Golden Krust, Holiday Inn & Suites, Kababi  Café,  Krispy Kreme, McDonalds (Southgate & Pine Island) Menchies Frozen Yogurt, Milano’s Bakery, My Town Pizza, Oasis Bakery & Grill, Orange Tree, Pizza Hut, Sam’s Club, Saxsay Restaurant, Snappers, Sonic Beach, Subway, Tijuana Flats, University Hospital, Walkerswood Caribbean Foods, Whole Foods, Winn-Dixie and Woodmont Country Club.

Business Exhibitors include:  AAA  Advantage Insurance LLC, Acclaim Reality Inc., Amaral Chiropractic, Arrigo Automotive Group, Beautiful Kreation, Broward Health Coral Springs, CareSpot, Central Communities, Chocolate Cars Exotic Car Show, City of Tamarac Departments, Classic Styles,  Colony Springs Medical Center, Convergys, Dignity Memorial, Elite Real Estate Solutions, Forum Publishing Group, Law Office of Roger Simmons, Miami Herald, MCCI Medical Group, Nestle Waters, Penn House Productions, PNC Bank, Senior Medical Associates, Shane Le mar Entertainment, Take Refuge Day Spa, Tamarac 5 Cinema, University Hospital & Medical Center, Waste Management.

Non profits: B.S.O, Hospice of Broward County, Impact Broward, Pivot Charter School, Relay4Life, Tamarac CERT & Tamarac Historical Society.


Event sponsors include:  Broward Health Coral Springs, City Furniture, Walkerswood Caribbean Foods, The City of Tamarac, Applebee’s, Arrigo Automotive Group, University Hospital & Medical Center, Waste Management, Dignity Memorial, Chocolate Carz, PNC Bank, Walgreens, State Farm Suzanne Chesser.

Media Sponsors:  City News, En USA Spanish Language, Forum Publishing Group, Miami Herald, National Weekly and Sharp Saver.

Tickets to the event are $8.00 per adult and $4.00 per child (free for children under six years old). To purchase tickets online, please visit www.tasteoftamarac.org. The Tamarac Community Center is located at 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 3351, Tamarac, FL 33351.


The Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce is a unified voice of business, advocating a progressive, innovative economic climate.

Our vision is to make a Tamarac your destination for commerce by connecting community and business to create economic vitality.

Our core values are, leadership, integrity, diversity, innovation, relevance, advocacy and resource.



Established in 2006, the ARC Broward Culinary Institute offers an Entry Level Culinary Arts Certificate Program, and also provides competitively-priced catering services for a variety of occasions including weddings, cocktail parties, business lunches and more. ARC Broward Culinary Institute is one of three mission-based enterprises operated by ARC Broward, a not-for-profit human services organization dedicated to providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and other life challenges. The ARC Broward Culinary Institute also provides job training to individuals with developmental disabilities and other life challenges. To learn more or to donate visit www.arcbrowardculinary.com or call 954-578-3145. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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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.