From an Arcadia Chamber of Commerce press release.
Celebrity chef and Food Network reality star Jyll Everman will lend her skills to the 2012 Taste of Arcadia as culinary judge.
Everman will judge restaurant entries in the event’s first-ever culinary contest. The event will be held 5:30 – 9 p.m. Monday, September 17, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
A finalist in Food Network's Season 7 Next Food Network Star in New York City last summer, Everman also has been a guest on the Rachel Ray Morning Show and several national radio stations. She was a private chef for six years before opening Jyllicious Bites, a catering company devoted to gourmet finger foods. She currently teaches monthly cooking classes at Village Kitchen Shoppe and is a part-time culinary specialist at Williams-Sonoma.
The culinary contest is only one of several new features and activities planned for this year’s Taste of Arcadia, the premier Arcadia Chamber of Commerce event. New also this year will be a strolling magician and the eight-piece Lounge-O-Rama band, made up of local JPL and NASA employees. The band will play timeless Swing and Big Band numbers early in the evening, moving to classic pop/rock favorites after the sun sets and the dance party starts heating up. And helping with that will be the popular Brazilian Dancers.