April 17, 2012
LMC Presents: Chopped East Texas
JACKSONVILLE, TX. – LMC Hospitality Presents: Chopped: East Texas, is the final project for Lon Morris College’s Meetings, Expositions, Events and Conventions (MEEC) course. Last year’s class created and launched a tourism video for the City of Jacksonville. This year, it’s all about the food. The MEEC course is designed to explore, discuss & execute all operational areas of meeting & event planning. Most importantly, the students plan and produce a real event that will make a positive impact in the community.
Josi Moore, a LMC Hospitality Freshman from Whitehouse, is the Director of Events. She and her team of Event Coordinators are focusing on all areas of the competition including marketing and public relations. The Food & Beverage Director, Adrianna Damiani, a LMC Hospitality Freshman from Malakoff, leads a team that is coordinating all the culinary aspects of the competition.
The Food & Beverage team has researched ingredients at FRESH in Tyler and locally produced food items. The culinary competition will also showcase “Farm to Table” ingredients from Poppa Skinny’s Farm, an organic family farm located near Dialville Texas between Jacksonville and Rusk. They raise seasonal produce, fruit, pastured eggs, chicken and pork.
This culinary competition will be hosted at The Landmark at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, TX on Monday April 23, 2012 at 6pm. A Cocktail reception and complimentary farm to table h’ors d’oeuvres will be provided by Sadler’s Kitchen & Catering starting at 5:30pm before the competition.
The East Texas Couples competing include:
TEAM STANFILL Eric Stanfill (President of Jacksonville Rotary) & Kathleen Stanfill (Discover East Texas Magazine)
BAD HATtiude Rob Gowin (Owner of Sadler’s Kitchen & Catering/D.J’s BBQ) & JoTe Brown (LMC Hospitality Administration Graduate Class of 2011/currently majoring in Hospitality Administration at Stephen F. Austin State University).
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Nathan Jones (Executive Vice President of Austin Bank & President of Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce) & Lisa Jones (Gourmet Foodie)
CULINARY SKILLS Melodie Nelson (current LMC Hospitality Administration Student and future restaurateur) & Dylan Humphries (Whitehouse High School culinary student and 1st Place winner of the East Texas Regional Cupcake battle).
Judging the “mystery basket” competition are local and prominent chefs including Chef Simon Webster, Executive Chef and owner of Sabor a Pasíon, Chef Jackson York, Executive Chef of Edom Bakery and Grill, Christine Garner, food editor of the Tyler Paper, and Chef Deidra Stewart, Chef and Instructor of Whitehouse High School. The MC for the evening will be Region’s 56 Bob Brackeen. Tickets will be $20 per person. All proceeds go the The School of Hospitality Administration at Lon Morris College. Please reserve your tickets by Thursday April 19th, 2012. “This is going to be a great event celebrating culinary tourism, education & East Texas,” stated Breezy Lake, LMC Director of Hospitality Administration.