Get your tickets to the Imagine Gala!
March is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for one of our favorite events – the Imagine Gala! Now in its 11th year, this extraordinary affair brings together a love for STEM learning and food to support the Imaginarium Science Center (and SWFL Museum of History!). It doesn’t get much better than that. Last year the event, which we help sponsor, debuted a new Celebrity Chef Cook-Off theme. You know, like Chopped or Iron Chef, but with our own local celebrities.
Chef Harold Balink was the winner, but the competition was fierce with contenders Ben Voisin and Fabrice Deletrain representing team Fathoms and Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire. Also in the spotlight was the mystery ingredient, Florida hogfish. Yum! Fresh From Florida is a program that promotes homegrown growers and the wonderful colors, flavors and textures that come out of the good green earth close to home, so it was a fitting theme/partnership. This year we have the honor of welcoming back the French chefs Voisin and Deletrain, along with newcomers David Rashty of Jack’s Farm to Fork and David Fraser of FGCU’s School of Hospitality. Oh, and SWFL’s own MasterChef finalist Derrick Peltz will be on hand to stir the pot as a special celebrity judge.
What will this year’s mystery ingredient be, and will it mean magic or mayhem to our gourmet gladiators? You just have to get your tickets and find out – we don’t even know! But we do know there will be amazing edible creations to sample, lots of culinary smack talk, cocktails, dancing, incredible auction items. In 2013 we raised $50k, followed by $75k in 2014 and a whopping $100k in 2015. Do you see a pattern? Join us!