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March 7, 2017


‘Taste of Mesa’ to Highlight, Raise Funds for College’s Culinary Program

By Lauren J. Mapp

San Diego Mesa College’s Culinary Arts/Management students, faculty and alumni will celebrate their new home in the Culinary Outlook at Mesa Commons with a an exciting fundraiser on Thursday, April 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Mesa College’s Culinary Arts/Management students, faculty and alumni will celebrate their new home in the Culinary Outlook at Mesa Commons with a an exciting fundraiser on Thursday, April 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Taste of Mesa will feature internationally-inspired cuisine and three cook-off competitions between alumni, students and an advanced baking team. Those in attendance will be able to bid on a selection of food-themed silent auction of items such as restaurant gift cards, liquors, wine and culinary tools.

 

VIP ticketholders will get to judge the culinary competitions, watch a celebrity chef competition, and receive culinary swag along with reserved parking.

 

“All proceeds benefit the Culinary Arts/Management Program, one of the premier Culinary Arts programs in San Diego County,” said Anne Zacovic, Director of Resource Development for the Mesa Foundation. “Many of the graduates of this rigorous program have gone on to be successful chefs, managers, and caterers.”

 

Culinary Arts/Management Professor Tonya Whitfield said that funds raised will allow the program to purchase ingredients that can help train students for the farm to table style restaurants that are becoming more common in today’s market.

 

“The students need to learn what is changing in the industry, and we need to teach them more before they leave,” Whitfield said. “With this fundraiser, we can do more for them.”

 

The department is starting to gravitate toward the local food movement by incorporating a new rooftop garden that will be folded into the current curriculum once the potting system is completed. Students will tend to the garden as part of their weekly assignments and the produce will be used in dishes in the M Fusion Café and gourmet dining classes.

 

Tickets for the Taste of Mesa are $25 for students, $50 for the general public and $125 for VIP.

 

To purchase tickets for the event, visit www.sdmesa.edu/tasteofmesa. For information regarding sponsorship opportunities for the event, contact Anne Zacovic at azacovic@sdccd.edu and for information on getting involved as an alumnus from Mesa’s Culinary Arts/Culinary Management program, contact Professor Tonya Whitfield at twhitfie@sdccd.edu.  

 

San Diego Mesa College’s Culinary Arts/Management students, faculty and alumni will celebrate their new home in the Culinary Outlook at Mesa Commons with a an exciting fundraiser on Thursday, April 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tags: Taste of Mesa, Culinary Arts