Gourmet soiree

Happy diners

Happy diners

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM.

For the past 17 years, the annual Forgotten Coast Chef Sampler has showcased the culinary creations of the area’s growing number of fine establishments.

This year, there were some new twists, including stylish mixed drinks, a celebrity chef and the cuisine of a retirement community – all part of the area’s evolving face of its food establishments.

Once again, the annual fundraiser for the Apalachicola Area Chamber of Commerce was a sell-out, attracting more than 210 people to the Armory Sunday night.

A huge array of volunteers helped to make the event a success, with their efforts matched once again by the students in the Franklin County High School’s culinary arts program.

Debbie Fletcher, a former restaurateur who directs the program, said seven of her 66 students took part in preparing sweets for the event, including succulent chocolate éclair cakes and white chocolate toffee cake. Taking part were Brittany Bryant, Karl Sanford, Casey Sapp, Daniel Carrino, Brittany Carr, Chandler White and David Butler.

“It was a great inspiration to them, and left a lasting impression,” said Fletcher.

While the young people did not of course take part, a new addition to the offerings this year were fancy mixed drinks, courtesy of the two newest beverage spots, The Tap Room and Tamara’s Tapas Bar. Traditionally, beverage suppliers, such as Southern Wine and Spirits, Lewis Bear Company and Republic National Distributing Company, handle all the libations.

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