Taste of Tamarac

October 12th, 2019

What to do in Tamarac


If you are planning your fall calendar and contemplating what to do in Tamarac in October, you can stop wondering and start marking down the Taste of Tamarac expo on October 18, 2014. This year will mark the 11th anniversary for this annual business event that is proven to be a good time for the whole family.

Do you like food? If so, this event is going to give you something great to eat in Tamarac. The Taste of Tamarac is the Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce’s signature event and the whole community is encouraged to come out and have a taste.

You will have the unique opportunity to go to one place in order to sample cuisine prepared by some of the area’s exceptional chefs, such as Chef Mika from the ARC Broward Learning Institute, Chef Jones from the City of Tamarac Parks and Recreation Culinary Class, and a surprise guest Chef from Applebee’s. When you leave the Taste of Tamarac, you will not only have a satisfied stomach, but you will also have an idea of which accredited chefs and restaurants you want to visit again soon.

Do you like to cook? If so, the Taste of Tamarac will be offering you some pointers on how to prepare fine food in your very own kitchen. With live cooking demos that include step-by-step narration of food preparation, you will get to leave the expo with a few cooking tips up your sleeve. In addition, you will also get to see recipes created by professionals using only our culinary sponsor’s choice of products.

Do you like business networking to help grow your local company? If so, then the Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Tamarac is exactly what you should be doing in October. It gives local businesses the opportunity to expand their professional networks while also generating new customers. There are opportunities to network and increase your profile at the expo by sponsoring the event and setting up an exhibition. If you are a local restaurant or chef, you can become involved in the happenings of the event to showcase your work.

Do your children like to have fun? If so, then this is another great reason why the Taste of Tamarac is what you should be doing in October. In addition to sampling food, which most children enjoy, we also offer high energy line dancing to keep the kiddos moving and having fun. We will also be having our annual fall costume contest and are looking forward to seeing all the ghosts, witches and animals that show up this year. Add in some face painting and fun educational activities and you have an event that is fun for the entire family.

Don’t hesitate. Mark October 18 on your calendar right now. The Taste of Tamarac is the cool thing to do in Tamarac this fall. Whether you are a restaurant, a chef, an aspiring chef, or even just an enjoyer of food, this event promises to deliver.

Broward Health

City of Tamarac

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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.