Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bon Appetit chef in Lakewood Ranch this weekend

By Nick Williams
Chef Mary Nolan

Bon Appetit Chef de Cuisine Mary Nolan will be in Lakewood Ranch this week for a hands-on, intimate cooking demonstration and book signing.

The event will include a meet and greet at the Viking Culinary Center on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch on Friday along with a demo, luncheon and champagne brunch at Polo Grill and Bar on Saturday and Sunday, also in Lakewood Ranch.

As of Tuesday afternoon, only four tickets remained. The cost of tickets are $99 and only 25 tickets were made available.

Nolan graduated from of The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and has cooked in restaurant kitchens in both New York and Philadelphia. She also hosted the Food Network’s Chic &  Easy series.

“We feel honored they chose us,” said Hilary Butler, event coordinator for Viking Culinary Center.

The center, a 4,500-square-foot cooking demonstration area, opened on Main Street in September of 2011. Butler said the center has hosted notable chefs in the past, including television’s Hell’s Kitchen season four winner Christine Machamer.

“When other chefs come here, they are so surprised with our facility,” Butler said. “We hope she has the same reaction.”

Polo Grill owner and chef Tommy Klauber studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City and in Paris. He said he enjoys hosting visiting chefs.

"It's always exciting to have a guest chef," he said. "We have great facilities here with our large kitchen and great staff and we look forward to chef's coming in to learn something new."

For those interested in obtaining a remaining ticket, call 941-504-8728.

"Lakewood Ranch has a reputation for being innovative and bringing quality events to the community and this is another great example," Klauber said.

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