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March 3, 2003 – "Enthusiastic" is one word that comes to Patrice Johnson's mind when she thinks of the late Kirk Grybowski, who served as a food judge for the University of the Virgin Islands "Afternoon on the Green" event on St. Thomas for many years.
To pay tribute to Grybowski, who died in October, prizes will be given in his name at this year's 14th Afternoon on the Green, which will take place Sunday on the UVI golf course.
"The judging this year will be dedicated to the memory of Kirk Grybowski because Mr. Grybowski was an enthusiastic judge at previous Afternoon on the Green events," Johnson, UVI director of public relations, said. "Those who knew Mr. Grybowski know how much he enjoyed life, travel and cuisine."
Grybowski, a former director of the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, wrote extensively for the Source newspapers about his travels with his wife, retired UVI nursing professor Judith Grybowski, and with his three grandchildren. He was vacationing with his wife at the time of his death in Chicago. He also was the Source's restaurant reviewer, dining anonymously and writing as The Tottering Taster.
Afternoon on the Green is a family-oriented event put on by the university to raise funds for scholarships for UVI students. Individuals from the university and the wider community donate food, both to be sold and to be judged competitively. The judging categories are main dishes, seafood, side dishes, vegetable dishes, casseroles, soups, breads, desserts and native drinks.
About a hundred persons have volunteered to contribute the food for this Sunday. It will be sold for $2 a taste. This year, there will be no panel of judges to determine the prize winners. Instead, for the first time, the judging will be done by patrons.
The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Those sampling the food between noon and 1 p.m. will be able to cast their ballots for their favorite dishes.
The Sea Breeze band and moko jumbies will perform during Sunday's event, and face painting and games for children will be available.
This year's Afternoon on the Green theme is "UVI's Inaugural Kallaloo," in honor of LaVerne Ragster, who became the university's fourth president last August and whose inauguration, set for March 16, is being celebrated with a week of special events and activities.

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