The Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts Department raised more than $10,000 at its annual Spring Gala on April 17, bringing in a total of $30,000 this year when combined with the proceeds from the department’s fine dining event in the fall, the Farm-to-Fork Dinner.
This amount will allow the department to award up to 35 scholarships to culinary students for the upcoming academic year. Each scholarship is worth between $1,000 and $500, with the winners being chosen later this summer. There are currently 250 students enrolled in the culinary program at JJC.
The Spring Gala, which takes place every April, is a fine dining event for culinary students to showcase what they have learned throughout their time at JJC. The Farm-to-Fork Dinner, occurring in late September, teaches culinary students the importance of cooking with local food that is in-season.
In addition to the scholarships, additional funds will go toward faculty professional development, educational opportunities and equipment for the department.
For more information about JJC’s Culinary Arts Department, visit www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions/career-technical/culinary-arts.