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Culinary Arts Students Host Winter Feast

Enjoy a scrumptious meal and send culinary arts students off to study in Italy by joining in to support the upcoming Delta College ‘Winter Feast.’

The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Delta’s Danner Hall. Tickets are already on sale.

The buffet-style dinner is “lively, abundant and flavorful,” said Culinary Arts Professor Mark Berkner. Students develop a menu and a theme, organizing their own tables to serve up their share of the feast.

“It provides an opportunity for the public to interact with the students, and for the students to share what they have learned during the semester,” Berkner said.

Last year, three of Delta’s culinary arts students traveled to Italy to study with the Marco Polo Institute for Mediterranean Culture and Tourism. The all-expenses-paid 17-day trip included courses at four different culinary schools, giving students an experience that helped them realize their full potential in culinary arts.

Berkner called it the “program of a lifetime” for students.

“We hope to grow the number of students we are able to award this scholarship to through fundraising activities at the College and donations from the community,” Berkner said. “The proceeds from this year’s ‘Winter Feast’ will add to these efforts.”

In addition to the food, local wine and beer will be available, and live music and a silent auction are planned.

Tickets to the Winter Feast are $65. For tickets, call 209-954-5099.

Featured will be Hors D’oeuvres, a Soup and Salad Station, Seafood Bar, Tapas, Smoke House, Pasta Station, Carving Station, Cajun Station and the Dessert Station.