JJC’s Culinary Arts Department Presents Wandering Feast 2017 on April 21

Spring Gala, 2015

The Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts Department invites the community to attend Wandering Feast 2017. The event, which will replace the annual Culinary Arts Spring Gala, will be held on Friday, April 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the college’s City Center Campus, located at 235 North Chicago Street in Joliet.

The cost to attend is $65 per person. To get tickets, please register by phone to Dori Miller at 815-280-1255 or by email at domiller@jjc.edu.

This year, the feast will be spread across five floors of the beautiful City Center Campus. Throughout the night, guests will have the chance to wander around the brand-new state-of-the-art culinary arts kitchens while savoring delicious samplings of bite-sized foods prepared by JJC student chefs.

Each floor will have a different food theme. Some of the food themes of the night will include: “A World of Barbeque,” “American Regional Cuisine,” “Charcuterie and Smokehouse,” “French Pastries” and “Chocolates and Candies.”

However, that’s not all guests can look forward to, according to JJC Culinary Arts Department Chair Mike McGreal:

“Guests will also be able to sample from our new restaurants: Saveur and Thrive, all while sipping fine wines and local craft beers from Pollyanna Brewing in Lemont and Brickstone Brewery in Bourbonnais.”

Typically, the Spring Gala is the culinary student’s first experience behind the scenes of a fine dining event. However, with the department’s recent move to the college’s City Center, McGreal said he wants guests to be able to view the students doing their work front and center.

“We are so excited to share this new Joliet Junior College campus with our guests and have them experience up close the new state-of-the-art kitchens of the Culinary Arts Department,” McGreal said. “This facility is one of a kind and provides our students with the most technologically advanced equipment available in the restaurant industry today. We invite everyone to come to experience what makes JJC Culinary Arts Department one of the top culinary schools in the world!”

All proceeds from the feast will go toward buying ingredients and equipment for the Culinary Arts Department as well as scholarships (ranging from $500-$1,000) for students and professional development for faculty. Students will be awarded scholarships at the feast.

Last year, JJC awarded approximately $26,000 in culinary arts scholarships.

For more information about the JJC Culinary Arts Department, please visit http://www.jjc.edu/culinary-arts.


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