Business briefs: Chowdown for Charity

October 8, 2013 

PALMETTO -- Tickets have been selling fast for the Fifth-Annual Chowdown for Charity Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverhouse Banquets and Weddings in Palmetto.

Organizers say it is unlikely tickets will be available at the door and are encouraging anyone who would like to attend to purchase them before Thursday's event.

The Showdown features nine area restaurants that will compete for the coveted "Best of" Chowdown Trophy. The chef's dishes will be judged by a celebrity panel including Mike Bennett, Maverick Johnson, Summer Smith and Vin Mannix.

In addition, four local culinary program students will compete in a dessert competition. Students from Manatee Technical Institute, Manatee High School, Southeast High School and University of South Florida will take part in the competition. Local favorite celebrity chefs, Ray Arpke and Derek Barnes will judge this category.

The event raises money to help support and continue culinary education in Manatee County schools. Tickets are $50 in advance and include drinks. They are available at or by calling 941-545-3620.

Real estate brokers tour not open to public

BRADENTON -- A tour for Real Estate brokers of five properties in northwest Bradenton is set for Thursday.

The tour, which will include Michael Saunders as a featured speaker, is designed to help familiarize brokers with the properties in northwest Bradenton. It is not open to the public.

The tour is to help area brokers find out what is happening in Manatee County's luxury market.

Manatee Habitat receives national housing award

BRADENTON -- Manatee County Habitat for Humanity has received a U.S. Housing Innovation Award for the successful construction of a sustainable home that meets the criteria of a U.S. Department of Energy, EPA Challenge Home.

The award-winning home in Manatee Habitat's Hope Landing community is among the first of the Challenge Homes built throughout the United States and the first Habitat home to receive this designation.

Sam Rashkin, chief architect, U.S. Department of Energy, called this a "significant accomplishment … paving the way for the rest of the U.S. housing industry to provide zero energy ready homes that are better for our nation, our communities and individual homeowners."

Manatee Habitat will discuss the collaborative approach to sustainable home building that resulted in this award at an upcoming event, "The Keys to Building Affordable and Sustainable Homes -- The Habitat Way", from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 13 at the Hampton Inn and Suites conference center, 975 University Blvd. For information on Manatee Habitat and its programs, contact Diana Shoemaker, executive director, at 748-9100.

-- Herald staff reports

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