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Updated: 07/24/2013 08:05:04AM

‘Dinner Boot Camp’
chef shares tips at Pies & Plates

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HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Chef Rene Marquis prepares a five-course meal for close to 50 guests with the assistance of his wife, Vanessa Jaurique, and Beth Lanni with the culinary academy at Pies & Plates.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Chef Rene Marquis prepares a five-course meal for close to 50 guests with the assistance of his wife, Vanessa Jaurique, and Beth Lanni with the culinary academy at Pies & Plates.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Chef Rene Marquis prepares a five-course meal for close to 50 guests with the assistance of his wife, Vanessa Jaurique, and Beth Lanni with the culinary academy at Pies & Plates.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Helping with the serving and bussing of tables, Leah Gohl, 12, also got to enjoy the five-course meal made by Rene Marquis.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Abby and Perry Pursley enjoy the salad prepared by Rene Marquis.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Brothers Bryon and Dave Ferguson enjoy the Toscana bean soup prepared in front of them by Rene Marquis.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Bruce and Dorrit Tompkins take advantage of the short intermission for photos of the prepared sample dishes by Rene Marquis.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Chef Vanessa Jaurique lets her husband, Rene Marquis, blindfold her for an olive tasting test.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Valerie Colbert, her husband Gary, Jim Manis and his wife, June, were the first to be served the main course of chicken Bolgna style with plenta cakes made by Rene Marquis, star of “Dinner Boot Camp.”

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Joking around, Cindee Murphy, owner of Pies & Plates, uses a lemon mister to cool off Rene Marquis during his cooking demonstration.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Close to 50 guests watched and listened as Rene Marquis held his “Journey Around the Mediterranean” cooking class at Pies & Plates in Punta Gorda.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Tom Hamilton watched with more than a little interest as his wife, Carolyn, took notes on the cooking hints handed out by Rene Marquis.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Deanna Stokes serves up the Toscana bean soup prepared by Rene Marquis.

By BETSY WILLIAMS

Photojournalist

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Chef Rene Marquis, star of “Dinner Boot Camp Cooking,” held a “Journey Around the Mediterranean”
cooking class on the evening of July 13 at Pies & Plates, 2310 Tamiami Trail, Suite 3117, Punta Gorda.

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