Great food, free drinks and a valuable local cause all come together on July 16th for PARC’s second annual Top Chefs event, where seven of Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants will set up tasting stations in The Birchwood’s Grand Ballroom.

PARC, a non-profit organization that’s provided services to children and adults with developmental disabilities since 1953, has a remarkable history of hosting popular and powerful fundraisers for their various projects and programs. As proven by their annual Black Tie Legacy Ball, a function they’ve held for 47 years, PARC clearly has a great deal of success from these charitable events—and it’s this success that allows the organization to serve as a long-lived, grounding force in the disabled community.

With Top Chefs 2016, PARC will once again honor their Culinary Arts Teaching Kitchen, one of the many programs aimed at giving students an immersive learning experience in a creative field. Behind the scenes of the event, students will work side-by-side with the head chefs from each of the featured restaurants. But in terms of reward, that’s not even the best part—all event proceeds will go to the Teaching Kitchen in order to provide current and upcoming students with culinary scholarships, sending them toward their dream career paths.

Allison Treimblay, a graduate of PARC’s Teaching Kitchen, now works in The Birchwood’s very own kitchen staff. Hear what she has to say about the program in this interview provided by WFLA.


Participating restaurants include:

The restaurant line-up is impressive, to say the least. I would start marking up your dinner calendars now, because even outside of this event, these are places you definitely want to visit.

Eddie V's

Chef Brad Albers; Featuring prime quality seafood entrees.

Guppy's on the Beach

Chef Scott Bebell; Featuring freshly prepared seafood catches in a familiar, back-home style.

Rococo Steak

Chef Matt Rainey; Featuring traditional yet upscale steakhouse selections.

Seared 1200 Chophouse

Chef Chris Burghart; Featuring prime steakhouse cuts cooked in their signature 1200° broiler.

Tryst Gastro Lounge

Chef Sean Ford; Featuring a globalized menu with a variety of original and enticing cuisine.

The Birchwood's Birch & Vine

Chef Jason Cline; Featuring an acclaimed New American menu.

Café Ponte

Chef Richard Castillo; Featuring unique spins on New American fare.

Unfortunately, Top Chefs 2016 is currently sold out, with tickets previously available for $150 per person. But seeing how this is quickly becoming a staple fundraiser of the local community outreach, we’ll certainly be hearing about it again next year.

Dessert will be provided by Le’ Anns Cheesecakes, while Breakthru Beverage Group will host the night’s open bar.

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