Chef Harold Balink will serve as collaborating chef at The Roots of Society
at Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Balink was raised in the restaurant business and holds a degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University, a bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant management from Boston University, and Advanced Level Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Balink has also completed apprenticeships at Le Cirque in New York, The Flagstaff House in Colorado and The Greenbrier in West Virginia. His 30-plus-year career in the restaurant and hospitality business includes positions with South Seas Plantation, The Magnolia House, The Ocean Reef Club, Tetley’s, Harold’s on Bay, H2 and Cru. He launched Harold’s, a small upscale restaurant serving creative American cuisine, in 2015. Harold’s in South Fort Myers will remain unchanged and will be Balink’s focus Wednesday to Saturday until closing at 10 p.m., but he will also be a regular fixture at The Roots of Society during other days and hours. The Roots of Society culinary team members include Marbin Avilez and Miguel Guzman as well as general manager Tyler Carr and director of events and marketing Shannon Quinn. Society is in the process of hiring additional staff. For more information, email Carr at Tyler@societyfortmyers.com.