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12th Annual Trio Dinner


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The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association will host its 12th Annual Trio Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, the host sponsor.

The Trio Dinner is the culmination of a culinary arts mentorship program that pairs a professional chef with two students, one in high school and one in college. Each trio will showcase its unique cuisine at the Trio Dinner. Along with excellent fare, the event includes live entertainment and a silent auction benefiting hospitality educational programming.

High school students participating in the mentorship program are from the Academy for Technology and Academics. This magnet school receives students from throughout Horry County, who have an opportunity to sample hospitality courses including culinary arts in the middle and early high school years. The college students completing the trio are from the culinary arts program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

The Trio Dinner’s purpose is to support and promote the hospitality industry’s culinary arts profession and to give each student real-world experience in creating an original dish with the guidance of an executive chef. This event is very important to the Grand Strand culinary arts programs. A portion of the proceeds of the event go to MBAHA scholarship funds directed at Hospitality and Culinary education.

At press time, the following Chefs have committed to participate: Tony Kzaz, Vidalia’s at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel; Jamie Saunders, Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery; Chad Marshall, Ocean Blue at the Double Tree Myrtle Beach Resort; Javaughn Spence, Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen; Chris Mulcahy, Hook & Barrel; Jason Scarborough, US Foods; Corbett Rourk, Waterscapes at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes; Joe Bonaparte, International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach; Paul Ledwich, RipTydz Oceanfront Grille and Rooftop Bar; Mike McKinnon, The Cypress Room at Island Vista;Thomas Barr, Santa Maria at The Caravelle; and Jennifer Moen, Tradewinds Cafe at Beach Cove Resort. Featured desserts will be presented by students from the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach, under the direction of Chef Mac.

In addition to creating wonderful dishes and working with students, chefs will have the opportunity to enter one dish to be judged for the “Best Dish” and “People’s Choice” awards. Knowing chefs are as competitive as they are creative, this allows participating chefs to show off their skills and be recognized for it. We will have a combination of celebrity chef judges and local American Culinary Federation judges for the event.

For more information and tickets, call (843) 626-9668.