Cleaver and Cork is Tallahassee Community College (TCC) Foundation’s signature event. This year’s experience will feature the talents of Food Network personality Chef Amanda Freitag in a farm to table wine affair styled by local event extraordinaire John Gandy.
The evening will celebrate the essence of the region with a four-course meal featuring locally sourced ingredients and an abundance of southern hospitality. The meal will be paired with sommelier selected wines from around the world. In addition to dinner, guests will have the opportunity to take part in our wine, bourbon, and scotch pull-downs.
All proceeds from Cleaver and Cork will benefit the TCC Foundation, which supports TCC by providing funding that elevates educational program opportunities, provides scholarships, and enhances teaching and learning facilities.
The evening will begin on the front lawn under a Hamptons-style tent with libations, little nibbles, and a cigar bar provided by Fuma Cigar Social.
Dinner will continue on the front lawn and consist of a 4-course meal to include wine pairings with each course presented by Chef Amanda Freitag.
The wine pull-down features 50 bottles of red and white wines along with champagnes for guests to choose from in a blind draw. Each bottle is packaged in a burlap bag that is yours to keep with all label identification concealed. With a $100 contribution, guests simply choose from the offerings in our highly-rated collection. We will gladly store your bottle for you while the event is taking place. Simply re-visit the check-in table at the end of the evening and your bottle(s) will be waiting for you.
If your palate is looking for something with a little more punch, belly up to our bourbon and scotch pull-downs where you have the opportunity to draw from a collection of 50 high end labels. For $100, guests may participate in a blind draw from our from our collection featuring W.L. Weller Larue, Van Winkle 12 Year, Glenlivet, and Macallan.
This year, the Tallahassee Community College (TCC) Foundation is adding a new event to the roster – an event created with the home cook in mind. A Session with Chef is sponsored by Westminter Oaks and includes a live cooking demonstration with Chef Amanda Freitag with recipes from her cookbook The Chef Next Door.
A Session with Chef will be hosted on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at the Maguire Center at Westminster Oaks. The event will highlight Chef Freitag's journey in the industry and feature a live cooking demonstration and question and answer session. Tickets are limited.
If you turn on your TV, it’s likely you’ll find Chef Amanda Freitag. This iconic Food Network personality is a co-star of the hit series Chopped, Chopped Junior and Chopped: After Hours, as well as the co-host of Food Network’s American Diner Revival with Ty Pennington. She has even battled Bobby Flay as a finalist on Iron Chef America and competed for the title of America's Next Iron Chef.
Outside of her success on Food Network, Chef Freitag is an accomplished chef, James Beard Award winner and author. Growing up in New Jersey, her passion for food was fostered by everyone from her grandparents to her high school home economics teacher. Chef Freitag is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America and has been a highly successful chef in New York City for more than 20 years, working in popular restaurants such as Cesca, Gusto and The Harrison. During her three-year stint as executive chef of The Harrison, the restaurant received numerous accolades from local and national media.
The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking was released in September 2015.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting this event.
Additional sponsorship provided by First Commerce Credit Union, Periodontal Associates of North Florida, Residential Elevators, Pam Butler & Nesta Cumbie, Capital Regional Medical Center, City of Tallahassee, Jim Moran Institute, Lanigan & Associates, Mad Dog Construction, NAI Talcor, OliverSperry Renovation, Prime Meridian Bank, Target Print & Mail, MARPAN, SunTrust, and Finley and Donna Clark.