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            Signature tacos and side dishes will be prepared by Lee County ProStart High School students in the second annual Taco Cook-Off competition, which will be held on Tuesday, October 15, at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, Fort Myers, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets for the event are $30.

            The competing high schools are East Lee County High School, Estero High School, Oasis High School, Island Coast High School, Lehigh Senior High School, Cape Coral Technical College, and Fort Myers Technical College.  The culinary arts students will prepare their entrees for both guests and judges. In addition to the creative food being prepared, there will be live music, raffles, and silent auctions.  Several awards will be given, including the Overall Winner.

            The event is being sponsored by the Lee County ProStart High School Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) in partnership with the Uncommon Friends Foundation.  Proceeds from the event will go towards Lee County’s ProStart program, contributing to student scholarships, classroom supplies and equipment.   FRLA is also partnering with Uncommon Friends to raise money for its scholarship program.

            For more information on the Taco Cook-Off or to purchase tickets, contact FRLA Southwest Regional Director Lois Croft at 239-339-7692 or

            The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association, whose mission is to protect, educate, and promote Florida’s hospitality industry, which represents 1.4 million employees.  Information about the association may be obtained by going to

            The Uncommon Friends Foundation, established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders, as it inspires future leaders toward excellence of character, a spirit of innovation, and a sense of purpose.  Additional information about the foundation may be obtained by calling 239-337-9503 or visiting