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Cooking Up Fun At The CIS Benefit Gala For Children

Southport Elementary School

September 21, 2011 - Brunswick County, NC - Prepare your pallet for an evening of culinary delights at the year's premier dining experience. From shrimp 'n' grits and crab dip to eggplant rollatini and sweet brisket, Brunswick County offers the best of regional cooking and more. And there is only one place where you can sample the culinary creations of the area's finest chefs. Join Communities In Schools on October 27th for the Tenth Annual Benefit Gala for Children featuring A Taste of Brunswick County.

The event is the cornerstone of the CIS fundraising effort. Karen Taylor of Taylor Cuisine Cafe & Catering of Southport believes, "“the Gala supports our kids, and they are our future." She is participating for the 6th time in memory of her mother who was a school teacher. Former substitute teacher-turned-baker LeeAnn Politis agrees, "we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to give back to the community and support the educational programs of CIS." Salt Aire Bakery of Holden Beach is participating for the fist time.

Sharing their recipes for success are Angelo's Brick Oven Pizza and Bistro, Shallotte; Baked with Love, Southport; The Boundary House Restaurant, Calabash; Coastal Catering & Events, Boiling Spring Lakes; Cinelli's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Ocean Isle Beach; The Grape & Ale, Oak Island; Jumpin' Java Espresso Co., Shallotte; Middle of the Island Catering, Wilmington; The Purple Onion/ART Catering, Shallotte; Salt Aire Bakery, Holden Beach; Sunset Beach Gourmet Deli; Sunset Slush Classic Italian Ice, Ocean Isle Beach; SweeDeePie Cheesecakes, LLC, Whiteville; Taylor Cuisine Cafe & Catering Inc., Southport; Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant, Sunset Beach and The Wine Rack, Southport.

The Gala will be held at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach, 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Tickets to this black tie optional event are available for $100 per person by calling Kimberly Bandera at 910-457-2916.

CIS After School Program at Southport Elementary

CIS After School Program at Southport Elementary

Photos: Karen Taylor (Taylor Cuisine Cafe & Catering) and Lisa Botnick (Baked with Love) with aspiring chefs at the CIS After School Program at Southport Elementary.

CIS After School Program at Union Elementary

Photo: Molly Tuttle and LeeAnn Politis (Salt Aire Bakery), Sonny Moy and Daniel Beasley (Jumpin Java), Greg Spatholt (The Boundary House), Stephen Cuozzo (Sunset Beach Gourmet Deli), and Jonathan Yuricek (Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant) with aspiring chefs at Union Elementary School.

CIS After School Program at Union Elementary

Photo: Back row: Stephen Cuozzo (Sunset Beach Gourmet Deli); Danette & Jonathan Yuricek (Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant); Greg Spatholt (The Boundary House); Molly Tuttle and LeeAnn Politis (Salt Aire Bakery); Sonny Moy and Daniel Beasley (Jumpin Java) with students from the CIS After School Program at Union Elementary.



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