Home' Island Sun : ISN 123016 Contents ISLAND SUN - DECEMBER 30, 2016
Bondurants Join Lineup For
Cooking With The Islands’ Stars
On Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m .,
The Community House will once
again be filled with the joys of
cooking. Beginning the evening, attendees
will sample the gourmet offerings from eight
local restaurant chefs before learning about
some of the special family recipes from four
local family chefs, who will be competing for
the top prizes.
The spotlight this week is on Fred and
Mary Bondurant, well-known to islanders
for the charity work they do. The couple
is asking for donations to support their bid
as the highest fundraisers to support The
Community House’s Culinary Education
Center. Both enjoy cooking and entertaining
with a wide variety of foods. Fred developed
his bird nest recipe entry in the contest, as
a whimsical way to encourage kids to “eat
After enjoying his German descent
mother’s cooking, as he left college Fred’s
mom sent him off with a recipe box of 3x5 cards. “I started cooking with another fellow
whose mom had done the same,” he said. “We soon discovered that to cook dinner for
your date was a really good thing... especially with a flaming desert!”
His military flying career made cooking at home even more important when his family
was together. His son took that passion and went to The French Culinary Institute and is
now an executive chef in New York.
Mary, born in Tipperary, grew up in Kearny, New Jersey. She lived in the “Irish”
neighborhood, but had friends in other neighborhoods, such as Polish, Italian and
Spanish. She also developed an eclectic taste and appreciation for a variety of foods.
Growing up in the resort industry, she enjoyed spending time in the kitchen where the
chef inspired her to learn techniques and her passion for cooking. She single handedly
prepares food for the couple’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party, serving 85 pounds of
corned beef plus potatoes and cabbage for more than 100 people.
The Bondurants explained that part of the charm of Sanibel is its “small town”
ambiance, with an emphasis on a sense of community. The Community House
epitomizes just that. The Sanibel Community House is about sharing common interests
and offers a venue where the community can come together for social, cultural,
educational and fundraising events.
By-donation voting has already started. Island residents and visitors can support The
Community House’s new Center for Culinary Education by making a gift in the family
chef’s name, by purchasing an assigned seat ticket for $100 or a priority seating ticket
for $200, where VIP’s will sample the family chefs’ creations as they cook on the stage.
Purchase tickets online at www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net now or call 472-2155.
Voting for your favorite chefs is also available on the website.
Fred and Mary Bondurant
photo courtesy The Community House
From page 1B
Sun Tea Tasting
lobes from the base of the former flowers
may be chopped for use in teas or salads.
It is an excellent source of calcium, iron,
niacin and riboflavin. One variety of tea
can be made with ginger, too.
• Yaupon holly – Native Americans
used to make their own caffeinated
beverage from this holly plant’s leaves
and twig tips. Holly tea is an excellent
source of vitamins A and C as well as
• Micromaria Brownei (aquatic
mint) – Grown in swales and other wet
places, the plant is a Florida native that
grows all year long. It is quite aromatic
and creates a vibrant tea flavor with a
very distinctive taste of mint.
Serage-Century also explained how
easy it is to make tea at home.
“I pull the leaves from the plants
and put them into water in my electric
tea kettle,” she said. “I usually let them
steep in the hot water for about five
minutes, and later place them into
jars and let them sit in the sunlight all
afternoon. Then, put the jar into the
refrigerator and enjoy!”
The next Sun Tea Tasting and
Garden Walk at the Bailey Homestead
Preserve, located at 1300 Periwinkle
Way on Sanibel, will take place on
Wednesday, January 25. Participants
will meet in the pavilion at 11 a.m.
Admission is free to SCCF members
and children, or $5 for non-members.
For more information, visit w ww.sccf.
Micromaria Brownei, a native mint plant
which can be used to make tea
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