Greater Naples YMCA Launches Gourmet Dinner Series

Attention foodies: The Greater Naples YMCA begins an exclusive gourmet healthy dinner series this month, which will showcase its new demonstration kitchen. The delicious multi-course dinner experiences will be led by top chefs from the American Culinary Federation, whose members include more than 200 leading culinary professionals from local fine restaurants and country clubs.

The dinners will feature a new theme each month, and the dishes will be paired with wines. The chef will prepare the meal in front of attendees, who will also be able to participate in some aspects of the preparation, and everyone will take home the recipes for all the featured dishes.

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One of many dishes served at the YMCA kitchen grand opening.

Tickets to the gourmet experience are $150 per person, and the funds raised will benefit the YMCA’s healthy living initiatives, such as kids’ gardening and community education programs.

“It’s about educating the community on healthy choices and we want to showcase our local award-winning chefs who want to be part of the solution to eating healthy,” says Paul Thein, chief executive of the Greater Naples YMCA. “It’s designed to teach people how to duplicate a healthy culinary experience in their own home.”

Space is limited to 24 seats for each event and it is open to the public. The first dinner, themed Conscious Cuisine, is slated for January 5. The four-course gourmet experience will be prepared by Kensington Golf & Country Club’s Executive Chef Ralph Feraco, paired with wines from Decanted Wine & Beer of Naples.

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Kensington Golf & Country Club Executive Chef Ralph Feraco.


– Date: January 5, 2017 at 6 p.m.
– Location: Greater Naples YMCA Demonstration Kitchen, 5450 YMCA Road, Naples, FL 34109
– Tickets and additional information: Click here

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