A special thanks to all the families, students and community members who attended the Fourth Annual Iron Chef Free-Lake fundraiser on Wednesday, February 3. Twenty members of the school district’s administrative team and regional school committee served up delicious dishes and loads of laughs to a hungry crowd.
“This was our biggest night yet, and we appreciate everyone who came out to show their support,” said Aaron Burke, FLEF Board Chair. “Hats off to the amazing chefs who contributed their time and favorite dishes. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated team of leaders who celebrate and support our schools.” Donations from the evening’s events will be made available to teachers and staff during the foundation’s next grant cycle.
Based on votes from the crowd, the coveted Top Chef title went to Team Minion: Sheri Barron, Brett Kulakovich, and Steve Owen, members of the FLRSD School Committee. Their colorful team served up a tasty and fun meal of spicy sausage soup, minion mac ‘n’ cheese, and mini banana cream pies.
Second place went to the team of Natalie Dunning, Assistant Superintendent, Kimberly Sefrino, Principal, Freetown Elementary School, and Bethany Pineault, Principal, George R. Austin Intermediate School, for their scrumptious Indian coconut curry chicken over Jasmine rice and chai iced tea.
Third place went to the dynamic duo of David Davenport and David Goodfellow, former members of FLRSD School Committee and Iron Chef veterans (and past winners) for their festive pork carnitas.
In addition, FLEF is so appreciative to School Committee member Dave Davenport for imagining and organizing this crazy-fun event for the past three years. Deep appreciation to student members of the National Honor Society for volunteering their help before, during and after the event. Thanks to our event supporters: Kyler’s Catch Seafood Market in New Bedford and Healing Tree Wellness Center in Middleboro for donating gift certificates and gift baskets for the raffle. Also to Lakeville’s Somethin’s Brewin’ Book Café and Ocean Spray for providing delicious beverages. And thanks to the talented What’s Cooking in Lakeville’s Jessica Bradley and LakeCAM for covering this fun event. Feeling full!