Students from Manatee Technical Institute won best booth presentation by a culinary school program and first place for desserts Oct. 11 at the fifth annual Chowdown for Charity at the Riverhouse, 995 Riverside Drive in Palmetto. The culinary event featured nine restaurants competing for the coveted "Best of" Chowdown Trophy. Dishes were judged by a celebrity panel, including Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett, Maverick Johnson, Summer Smith and Vin Mannix, Bradenton Herald columnist. The event supports culinary education in Manatee County schools.
-- Herald staff report