By Adam Musgrave

The Rolling Pin has announced plans to partner with the Brandon Foundation to bring eight celebrity and top chefs to Brandon from March through May. Through this partnership, fifteen percent of each ticket sold will directly benefit one of 50 local charities.

All of these chefs except for Lindsay Autry (May 16 and 17) have participated in classes at Rolling Pin before, according to Kelly Bock, marketing manager for the kitchen emporium. However, each will be bringing new menus and presentations for their spring demonstrations.

These presentations will include everything from local Floridian and regional cuisine to ethnic selections like ceviche, moo shu pork and pasta and even molecular gastronomy, which utilizes advanced knowledge of physical and chemical reactions to create new and unique food items.

Throughout the spring season, Rolling Pin will be working with the Brandon Foundation to ensure that these chefs’ events benefit not only class members but the entirety of the Brandon community as well.

“What we like most about the Foundation is that is helps out over 50 small charities in the local community,” said Bock. “Working with them allows us to help out not just the foundation, but many other charities.”

Rolling Pin, which is well known throughout the Brandon area for bringing in big name chefs throughout the year, regularly hosts classes on everything from basic fundamentals and knife sharpening to extensive menu preparation and even delicate and advanced chocolate work.

Events for the spring season began on Tuesday, March 19 with a presentation by Chef Helen Chen on Asian Cuisine and technique and will end with a demonstration of Southern cooking with a French twist by Chef Virginia Willis on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23.

Tickets for these events range in price from $60 for Grill Master Chad Ward (Saturday, April 27) to $100 for several of the other Top Chefs’ classes.

For more information on the Rolling Pin, its spring class schedule or a full listing of the chefs that will be participating through the Rolling Pin – Brandon Foundation partnership, visit


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