Chefs of Our Kitchen
This year, Gateway Community College Foundation launched an exciting new culinary series, Chefs of Our Kitchen (C.O.O.K.), held in the college's elegant Café Vincenzo. C.O.O.K. was a three-part series of presentations by well-known food experts:
- Claire Criscuolo, author, chef, restaurateur and culinary professional, founder and owner of New Haven landmark eateries Claire’s Corner Copia and Basta Trattoria (she was joined by Shel Swanson, nurse/midwife, “urban farmer”)
- Adrienne Kane, food writer and author of “The United States of Pie"
- Jacques Pépin, internationally known author, chef and TV host, and Jean Pierre Vuillermet, founder, executive chef and owner of Union League Café in New Haven.
Each event featured delicious food prepared by Gateway’s Culinary Arts students, along with wine pairings selected to complement each evening’s cuisine. As part of the event, participants received a free cookbook and had the option of attending a half-hour pre-event reception and book-signing.
Proceeds from the C.O.O.K. events helped fund scholarships for Gateway students and provided professional development opportunities for the college’s faculty and staff.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's event a tremendous success. Stay tuned for details on our 2014 C.O.O.K. events!
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
– Ruth Reichl, American food writer, culinary editor and
co-producer of PBS’s “Gourmet Diary of a Foodie”