Third Annual Gourmet Tasting Event to Benefit Tri-County Community Resource Center

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CHIEFLAND, FLA – On November 7, nine chefs will compete for the title of top chef at the third annual “Taste of the Nature Coast” benefit for the Tri-County Community Resource Center (TCCRC). The event will take place at the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion from 6-8 p.m.

This year’s event will feature some of the best chefs from Tri-County and Alachua County area restaurants, including Bell’s Catering, Bubbaque’s BBQ, Cherry’s Steaks and Seafood, Chef Laura Fowler Goss from The Filling Fork, Top Hog, Elle Cocina Mexican, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s of Chiefland, Cilantro Tacos and the Suwannee Belle. Each chef will present their best dishes, ranging from appetizers to main dishes and dessert, and compete for the votes of attendees to earn the honor of the night’s top chef. The evening will also feature music courtesy of local fiddle players, Nicholas and Aidan Messina. Gilchrist County Tax Collector Mike McElroy will serve as emcee for the night, while Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schulz and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum will serve as guest speakers.

“We are lucky to have such great chefs, some new and some returning, join us for what is sure to be our best year yet,” said Beverly Goodman, Manager of the Tri-County Community Resource Center for Partnership for Strong Families. “With a little bit of healthy competition, each attendee is sure to enjoy some high-quality food and entertainment.”

As the Tri-County Community Resource Center’s yearly fundraiser, proceeds from ticket sales will help the Resource Center provide services and supports to strengthen local families. In 2018, TCCRC saw nearly 7,000 visits and provided more than 9,000 services including access to a clothing closet, financial literacy program and child safety items.

“The Tri-County Community Resource Center is a community effort and this year’s benefit for the center is no different,” said Stephen Pennypacker, President and CEO of Partnership for Strong Families. “We are thankful for all of the help we’ve received from the community to expand services at the Resource Center and hope tri-county residents will join us to celebrate and support the center.”

Event tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and can be purchased at Drummond Community Bank locations in Chiefland, Cross City and Trenton, and online at

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