Join us for our two-part exclusive culinary experience with Chef Alex Guarnaschelli benefitting the Tallahassee Community College Foundation.Sold Out
Thursday, February 28 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Turner Auditorium at
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Friday, March 1 | 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Pearl in the Wild
1848 Jefferson Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32317
Cleaver and Cork is Tallahassee Community College (TCC) Foundation’s signature culinary experience, and in its fourth year, it will feature the culinary talents of Iron Chef, restauranteur, author and Food Network personality Alex Guarnaschelli.
The evening will celebrate the very essence of the region – a four-course meal highlighting locally sourced ingredients from North Florida and South Georgia, topped off with an abundance of southern hospitality. Each course will also be paired with sommelier-selected wines from around the world.
The TCC Foundation is passionate about creating opportunity for students to define and reach their education and career goals. Cleaver and Cork was born from this as the Foundation works to further elevate educational program opportunities, scholarships, and teaching and learning facilities.
The evening will begin with libations and little nibbles.
Dinner will be held in a 10,000-square-foot elegant country-style barn and consist of a 4-course meal to include wine pairings with each course presented by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.
Guests are invited to bid on silent auction items that offer extraordinary experiences from across the country and one-of-a-kind items.
With a $100 contribution, guests will also have the opportunity to blind draw from the pulldown offerings of our highly-rated collection. This year, the pull-downs will feature bottles of Bourbon, as well as bottles of red and white wines and champagne – each packaged in a burlap bag that is yours to keep with all label identification concealed.
A Session with Chef was created with the home cook in mind – and is the second part of our signature culinary experience. The event includes a live cooking demonstration with Chef Alex Guarnaschelli with recipes from her cookbooks Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook and The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart.
The event will highlight Chef Guarnaschelli’s journey in the industry, her experiences as executive chef at New York City’s Butter and as a Food Network personality, as well as a question and answer session.
There are few American chefs, much less female chefs, who can boast staying power in Michelin-starred restaurants. Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli can boast indeed — she embarked on a culinary journey in France and ended up working in some of the country’s top restaurants including esteemed chef Guy Savoy’s eponymous three-star kitchen. Not surprising for the daughter of esteemed cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli, who spent her childhood surrounded by food.
After seven successful years in France, Guarnaschelli returned stateside – where she joined the venerable Daniel Boulud at restaurant Daniel in Manhattan, followed by Joachim Splichal’s Patina Group, where she worked at the acclaimed Patina restaurant in West Hollywood before moving to New York to open Splichal’s first New York City venture. In 2003, Guarnaschelli became the executive chef at Butter Restaurant, where she created an American menu spotlighting local ingredients and allowing their flavors to shine. After the success of Butter, in 2011, she opened The Darby, a unique supper club and Driftwood Room at Nautilus South Beach in Miami.
Chef Guarnaschelli is a recurring and guest judge on several Food Network prime-time series such as Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, Cooks vs. Cons and Bakers vs. Fakers. Alex has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s new series Iron Chef Gauntlet, and as both a challenger and a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America where she went on to compete on season 4 of The Next Iron Chef. In 2012, she beat nine rival chefs to win The Next Iron Chef: Redemption and joined the ranks of Kitchen Stadium Iron Chefs.
Guarnaschelli has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Food Networking Magazine and Every Day with Rachael Ray. In 2018, she launched her own Food Network digital series Fix Me A Plate, where she takes audiences on an insider’s tour of the city’s best no-frills food spots, and the series has been greenlit for seasons 2 and 3.
Guarnaschelli released her first cookbook, “Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook”, in Spring 2013. Her second cookbook, “The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart”, debuted in Fall 2017.