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17 January 2017

Mentor and Alumni Chefs Pair with HACC Culinary Arts Students for Milestone Gala

Black-tie event on March 24, 2017, will recognize 50 years of alumni and raise funds to support the students of the next 50 years


WHO: Hospitality Programs at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
WHAT: Gala to celebrate 50 years of excellence in hospitality education; this black-tie event will recognize 50 years of alumni and support the students of the next 50 years.
WHEN: March 24, 2017; 6-9:30 p.m.
6 p.m. - Cocktail reception
7-9:30 p.m. - Dinner
6-8:30 p.m. - Silent auction
WHERE: Hilton Harrisburg
COVERAGE: Guests will enjoy a six-course dinner prepared by guest mentor and alumni chefs paired with current HACC students. Each course features American regional dishes inspired by each chef’s culinary journey. The evening will include a champagne toast, several wine pairings and guest speakers sharing the history and impact of the 50 years of HACC’s Hospitality Programs.
The featured chefs include seven alumni of HACC’s Benjamin Olewine III Center for the Study of Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts Programs and two chefs who work closely with HACC to support culinary arts students.
Proceeds will benefit HACC’s Culinary Arts Outstanding Student Scholarship and HACC’s Hospitality and Tourism Outstanding Student Scholarship.
You are invited to interview Chef Autumn Patti, program director, HACC’s Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts Programs, and Culinary and Pastry Arts Club Advisor, and one or more of the following participating chefs.
Hors D’oeuvre:


Jordan Albert, Executive Chef
Woo de La Kitchen, 2008

Ben Beaver, Executive Chef
Café 1500
Susie Cummings, Baker
Ciao Bakery, 2010
David T. Mills III, Chef Instructor
HACC, 2014
Thomas Long, Director of Campus Dining
The Chef’s Apprentice, HACC, 1984
Kurt Wewer, Executive Chef
The Garlic Poet
Nicholas Webb, Banquet Chef
Hilton Harrisburg, 2016
Jessica Starr, Executive Chef
Greystone Public House, 2009
Anthony Bianco, Executive Sous Chef
Hilton Harrisburg, 2010
Cher Harris, Executive Pastry Chef
The Hotel Hershey, 2005

To arrange interviews and demonstrations or for more information, please email
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