Euphemia Haye’s Chef Ray Arpke and Jamie Gregorich are Cooking at MTI Foundation’s “Tour of Kitchens”

euphemia haye chef ray arpke and jamie gregorichLocal Chefs “Invade” the Kitchens of Six Northwest Bradenton Homes on Sunday, February 26th for MTI’s 3rd Annual “Tour of Kitchens”

(Bradenton, FL) The kitchens of six Northwest Bradenton homes are about to be invaded! Don’t worry, the culprits here aren’t burglars, they’re local chefs who are only looking to steal your taste buds’ approval. On Sunday, February 26th, the highly regarded chefs from six of Manatee County’s top restaurants are “moving in” to the most gourmet of kitchens found in Bradenton’s Riverview Boulevard area to help raise funds for the Manatee Technical Institute Foundation.

Guests on the “Tour of Kitchens,” will get to taste the chefs’ signature dishes and also sip on wine that was specially paired for each tasting. Chefs participating in the fundraiser include: Euphemia Haye’s Raymond Arpke and Jamie Gregorich (who was also featured on the most recent season of Hell’s Kitchen), Dave Shiplett from SoMa Diner, Sean Mullaney from Anna Maria Oyster Bar, “Guy” Cannata from Ortygia, Greg Campbell from Pier 22 and Chris Trapani from River House Reef and Grill.

The “Tour of Kitchens” is not only about the wonderful food that will be offered, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to step foot in some of Bradenton’s most incredible homes with ultra-extravagant kitchens. Many of the kitchens have been recently renovated to reflect the most current, modern working space for a culinary pro or an inspired foodie. D’Arcy Arpke, the co-owner of Euphemia Haye restaurant and Advisory Board member for MTI’s Culinary Arts program, is very pleased with the homes participating this year. “We are so lucky that the owners of these homes that have offered up their houses and their fantastic kitchens,” says D’Arcy. “These are like the designer kitchens you see on the Home and Garden channel!” Three of the jaw-dropping houses on the tour are on Riverview Boulevard, one on Riverview Drive, one on 99th St. NW and one on 87th St. Ct.  The last stop on the tour is at the Manatee River Garden Club on ­­­1st Ave. W. where a lavish dessert reception has been prepared by Dana Johnson, the MTI pastry chef instructor, and the Culinary Arts students. At the final stop, guests will get to enjoy such delightful confections such as Hazelnut Mousse Swans, Tiramisu, Handmade Chocolates and more.

Not only will tour guests get to explore six “dream kitchens,” they will also be tasting the signature dishes from the participating chefs. Chef Ray Arpke’s will be serving his famous Roast Duckling with raspberry sauce and sage stuffing, Chef Sean Mullaney will be featuring his ever-popular Florida Crab Cakes and Coconut Shrimp, Chef David Shiplett will offer his Thai Beef Tenderloin Salad with local mixed greens, Chef Greg Campbell’s will feature three of his sushi rolls including Pier 22’s Signature Roll, the Spicy Sake Maki and Hawaiian Signatrue Roll, Chef Guy Cannata will be presenting his Roasted Pork Loin with tamarind cream sauce and braised Perperonata Agrodolce, and Chef Chris Trapani will be serving Lobster corn chowder along with two types of Empanadas. Along with sampling all of these dishes, guests will also get to enjoy a glass of wine that has been specifically selected to go with each tasting.

The “Tour of Kitchens” takes place on Sunday, February 26th from 2 – 7pm.  Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased by calling 941-751-7900 x2245.  Guests may drive from house to house, or use the free trolley service.  VIP packages are also available that include tickets, limousine service and champagne for eight for $800.  Funds earned from the “Tour of Kitchens” will go to the Manatee Technical Institute Foundation, a 501(c)(3), which helps those who might not otherwise be financially able to receive the education they desire. Please help us to improve lives by offering a hand up not a hand out, support the learning that will raise families up, providing a way to financial independence, personal pride and satisfaction that having a marketable skill can bring.


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