Community at Culinary Extravaganza supports culinary program
By Kenneth Porter
The Schoolcraft College Foundation presents the 28th annual Culinary Extravaganza the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the VistaTech Center. This fundraiser, organized by the Schoolcraft Foundation, will be an opportunity for students and area residents to sample some of the best edible delights the area has to offer.
Schoolcraft culinary instructor and certified Master Chef Jeffrey Gabriel will be in attendance, as will dozens of Metro Detroit-based restaurants, vendors and pastry shops. The event will be headlined by a cooking class led by Chef Gabriel and expert vintner Lee Hershey, who will offer viewers their opinions on the importance of healthy eating and the art of pairing wine with food.
“The Extravaganza brings together students, professionals and the Southeastern Michigan community for a delightful afternoon of the finest culinary delicacies,” said Beth Kohler, Director of Development for the Schoolcraft College Foundation. “In the past there have been a wide variety of samples to eat including seafood, sweets and many regional wines.”
“[Attendees] will get exposed to a lot of restaurants in one place,” said Gabriel. “We’re going to have some of the best chefs in the area setting up tables and cooking. A lot of them are Schoolcraft alumni promoting their own restaurants, so the event is beneficial to everyone.”
The Extravaganza will feature a “Tailgate Room” where guests can take in a live broadcast of that Sunday’s Detroit Lions game and finals of the Ryder Cup golf tournament. There will also be a silent auction offering participants the opportunity to win exciting prizes such as gourmet dinner reservations and gift baskets filled with culinary goodies.
But the event is not just about sampling some of the delicious food that Metro Detroit has to offer—it is also about supporting a worthy cause. The majority of the event’s proceeds go towards the College’s culinary program, helping to pay for new cooking equipment, provide scholarships and offer new baccalaureate degrees for culinary students.
“The Extravaganza is a tremendous help to the culinary program,” said Gabriel. “It helps us provide more students with financial assistance towards completing their degrees.”
A symbiotic relationship for the culinary program and local restaurants is offered through the Extravaganza.
“Not only is [the Extravaganza] a wonderful opportunity to bring area residents to campus, it also allows us to highlight our community,” said Kohler. “This event provided $25,000 to the program last year and really helps support our students. If you love good food, then you know where to be Sept. 28.”
Tickets for the event cost $50 and can be purchased at scf. schoolcraft.edu or on campus via the Schoolcraft College Foundation Office, located in the Jeffress Center.
“We only bring these chefs together once a year,” said Gabriel. “This is something that