Meet our Food & Wine Committee Co-Chair Chef Erik Mathes

Erik  Kitchen CoachKitchen Coach, Chef Erik Mathes, was born and raised in Queens, New York. Erik knew a traditional career would never be for him.  During his childhood, he watched and learned about the business of food through his family’s gourmet provisions company.  He spent his teens waiting tables in ethnic restaurants while attending one of NYC’s best high-schools, then went off to Louisiana for college.  After graduating from Tulane University with degrees in finance and marketing, Erik left New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina to settle in South Florida.  Not a fan of the office scene, he decided to shun Corporate America to try something crazy – Culinary school!

Before, during, and after obtaining a culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Miami, Chef Erik worked in restaurants of varying types across New York City, New Orleans, and South Florida, including three years at the Asian-Fusion powerhouse, China Grill, in Fort Lauderdale. Feeling stifled by the hierarchy within restaurant kitchens, Erik broke free and started the personal & private chef service, Kitchen Coach FL, LLC in 2010. Continue reading

Last day to RSVP for the 9.20.11 Uncorked! Committee Dinner Meeting…almost Sold-out!

JAWorld Uncorked! II Presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida
Speakeasy Club 21 Dinner & Demonstration Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Publix Apron's Cooking SchoolHosted by Resident Chef Bil Mitchell & Kit Schulman
Wine selection sponsored by QuinnProQuo
$35 per person All Inclusive | Limited to 50 Guests | Publix Apron’s Cooking School in Plantation

Committee members, Circle of Wise Women and friends can join us for a fun evening as we turn the Publix Apron’s Cooking School into Speakeasy Club 21 to host our second committee meeting and dinner.

RSVP to: Diana Metcalf | Major Gifts Officer
Junior Achievement of South Florida
RSVP form | 954-979-7120 | diana@jasouthflorida.org

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A Special Thank You to our Presenting Sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida

Presenting Sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of FloridaThanks to the generosity our presenting sponsor, Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida, JA World Uncorked! will feature wines and spirits from their extensive portfolio to create a unique tasting experience.

Watch as we unveil our culinary partners, creating delicious bites and decadent desserts to accompany the wines and spirits.

Join us for our next planning meeting and dinner on September 20, 2011, Details here. Hope to see you there! Kit Schulman, Chair