Sarasota, Florida • Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s in Sarasota, Florida, is honored to participate in the “Chefs Move to Schools” “Kids N’ Chef’s Dinner Gala”, Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm at Phillippi Shores Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. This fundraising gala dinner pairs local chefs with groups of children from different Sarasota County schools. Each group spends time with a local chef, creating recipes for the gala and learning the ins and outs of the kitchen, culminating in the group’s preparation of menu items at the gala dinner. The event is held outside and includes a private tour of the Phillippi Shores Elementary School’s vegetable garden by Chef Paul Mattison. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 18 and can be purchased by calling Adriel Zahniser in Food Nutrition Services at 941.486.2199.

Featured chefs for the evening include Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s; Chef Malin Parker of Morton’s; Chef Darwin Santa Maria of Darwin’s; Chef Bryan Jacobs, and more.

“Chefs Move to Schools” is a program aimed at getting school children engaged in learning to love healthy eating by working with local chefs and learning more about food, nutrition, the kitchen, and culinary arts. “Chefs Move to Schools” has also helped professional Chefs to learn more about the regulations and guidelines of school nutrition programs.

Since May 2012, Chef Paul Mattison leads the effort to create a sustainable garden at Phillippi Shores Elementary School which lead to the students learning, hands-on, about gardening, composting, nutrition, meal planning, and cooking. Chef Paul Mattison first participated in the “Chefs Move to Schools” fundraising initiative, and has since rallied a group of parents, teachers, students, community businesses, and Mattison’s staff to volunteer in the crafting of the boxes, the irrigation, the planning, and the filling of the raised garden boxes. The Phillippi Shores Elementary School Vegetable Garden and Educational Program came to fruition in November 2013 and consists of over 40 hand made 4 feet x 8 feet raised bed garden boxes. Chef Paul Mattison provided the initial funding for the garden project with donations and other forms of sponsorship from the local community including Whole Kids Foundation, Lowes Home Improvement, the Crosley Museum, and Nature Center’s Jeff Scarborough and Laney Troire along with countless parents, staff, and students from Phillippi Shores Elementary School. _

• Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 tel 941.921.3400
• Phillippi Shores School Cafeteria, 4747 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231
• Sarasota County School System’s Nutritional Programs, contact Adriel Zaniser 941.486.2199 ext 68401