A near sell-out crowd filled the Old Taylor High gym Saturday evening as Taylor men cooked up their favorite dishes to support innovation in local classrooms. A major fundraising event for the Taylor Educational Enrichment (TEE) Foundation, all proceeds will go toward funding classroom grants for teachers.

“We are blessed beyond measure with a community that supports the students of Taylor ISD,” said Moppy MIller, executive director of the TEE Foundation. “Thanks to all who sponsored, cooked, attended and purchased items.”

Local cooks set up 24 tables to share their culinary skills with the community. Attendees sampled everything from brisket, ribs and fajitas to red beans and rice, crab bisque, cupcakes and cheesecakes.

The 2019 Food Dudes included Kelly Cmerek, Cody Long, Ron Werner, Stan Werner, Keith Brown, Trey Ariola, Mark Thompson, Jake Ruse, Josh Ruse, James Klotz, Mark and Janice Plowman, Eric Moehnke, Marco Ortiz, Dave Campise, Thomas Rohlack, Scott Morales, Adam Sanchez, Kelly Kaderka and Amanda Martinez, Mike Caplinger, Jay Reed, Kirby Sakewitz, Andrew Maddox, Jim Buzan, Andrew Gonzales, Brian Gray, Shane Stiles, Jeff Straub, Ernest Alderete and Samantha Mascorro.

Additional funds were raised at the event through the sale of mystery bags and silent and live auctions. Tickets were provided at the door for guests to vote on their fan favorite dishes.

“Best of” winners were Brown, Taylor ISD superintendent, for his crab bisque appetizer, Thompson for his red beans and rice side dish, and Buzan and Gonzales with their sombreros (fajitas).

Cmerek and Long won Best Dessert with their cupcakes, Alderete won Best Decorations and Ariola was awarded Most Enthusiastic.

A true community event, a large number of businesses and individuals supported the fundraiser with donations of auction items and by purchasing sponsorships

Auction donors included Pest Patrol, Frills on Fourth, Liberty’s Consigned Finds, Pecan Manor Bed and Breakfast, Metal Mart, Gary Lankford Films, Optical Design Eyewear, Southern Hospitality, H&R Block, Art by Suzanne, Sweet and Southern Finds, Taylor Chamber of Commerce, United John Deere, Carrie Townsend, Kolache Shoppe, Chicken Express, Rhinestone Cowgirl, Mustang Creek Golf Course, Sirloin Stockade, Thrall Country Diner, THS Art, THS Floral, THS Auto Mechanics, Brown Distributing, Glenda Vanecek, Mary Srnensky, Melanie and Mark Thompson, Edward Jones- Mark Thompson, Dellean and Jimmie Hartman, Manhattan Limos, Moss True Value, TOPNOTCH Properties/Resorts2Go, SM Boutique, Texas Beer Co., Beall’s, Lori Osborne McCleary, Ed’s Place, Puro Corazon Shop, Curbside Coffee House, Taylor’d Flowers for You, Cherry Tree/Nest Box, BABECO, Taylor ISD Athletics, Taylor Sporting Goods, Lucky Duck, Louie Mueller BBQ, THS Life Skills, THS Welding, THS Culinary, Ed and Susan Komandosky, Taylor Meat Company and Moppy and Mickey Miller.

Sponsors for the event were H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Wallace Street Boy, Taylor Press, Lone Star Circle of Care, Stiles Switch BBQ, Summit Custom Cabinets, 5th & Vance Events, Baylor Scott & White Foundation, Nyle Maxwell, Black Stallion Lawn Care, Citizens National Bank, City National Bank, Dovetail Wealth Management, Eagle Bank, Edward Jones Investments – Mark Thompson, Gattis Taylor, GSM Insurors, Hejl and Schroeder Law Firm, Karen Farley, Longhorn Title Company Inc, Mallard Creek Dental, Randig Insurance, Reliance Architecture, Scott Morales Catering LLC, SouthStar Bank, Taylor Auto Credit, Taylor Lube Center, TOPNOTCH Properties and Weber Chiropractic.

With well over 300 in attendance, TEE Foundation board members are eager to see the final results from the event. All proceeds generated by the Taylor Educational Enrichment (TEE) Foundation will go back into Taylor ISD classrooms through the grant process.

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