Tag Archives: Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

GRCC In the News, 6-20-17

Grand Rapids Restaurant Week expands to include lunch

June 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is expanding to include lunch, organizers announced Monday, June 19.

… Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

East Grand Rapids elects new chair, vice chair for Parks Commission

June 19, 2017; MLive

The East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Commission has named two longtime residents as their new chair and vice chair for 2017-2018.

… (Rick) Sprague, who received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, works as a transportation planner for the Kent County Road Commission and as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-19-17

City launches initiative for racial equity

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss promised in her 2016 State of the City address that she would focus on racial equity, and she intends to keep her word.

Bliss and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, sent out invitations this month calling for community leaders to join a group that will address racial disparities in the local workforce.

First class of GRPS Challenge Scholars aims for free college

June 16, 2017; therapidian.org

Francisco McKnight just finished his freshman year at Union High School, but he’s already thinking ahead to college. That’s due in large part to the fact that, as a Challenge Scholar, he’s guaranteed up to four years tuition-free at nearly 50 Michigan colleges if he keeps his grades and attendance up.

… Others in Union’s freshman class could qualify for up to two years tuition-free at Grand Rapids Community College under the program, which aims to help students from low-income families go to college. But all students still have three years left to qualify for the four-year award.

Delays help City Built find its niche

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Edwin Collazo and Dave Petroelje first announced City Built Brewing Co. in fall 2015, the brewing industry was a different beast.

… Collazo used to live, as a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, in the Belknap Lookout area, and never imagined the Sackner Building, where the brewery is, would be the place he works.

Restaurant Week GR 2017 Returns with a New Twist

June 8, 2017; experiencegr.com

Mark your calendar and get ready to make your plans because Restaurant Week GR 2017 is only a couple of months away! Back for its eighth year, Restaurant Week GR delights diners as they try new restaurants as well as new dishes at old favorites. Now is the time to check out who’s participating.

… If you’re still not convinced that Restaurant Week GR is the best thing to hit your taste buds, here’s another reason to dine out. Each year, Restaurant Week GR partners with the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $1 from each meal to the program. To date, Restaurant Week GR has contributed over $110,000 to its endowed scholarship fund, which benefits the future chefs of West Michigan.

‘Cooking With Angus’ wins Emmy

An episode of “Cooking With Angus” won an Emmy from the the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences! Noah DeSmit and Klaas Kwant, from Media Technologies, accepted the award during the Detroit ceremony on June 10. The “Mozzarella” episode was nominated in the Historic/Cultural program or special category.

Klaas Kwant and Noah DeSmit hold their Emmy.

GRCC In the News, 6-9-17

New restaurant to open at former Forest Hills Inn spot

June 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI –  Nearly a year after longtime Forest Hills Inn closed, a new restaurant is under construction on the site.

… (Adam) Watts has long been part of the West Michigan restaurant scene, having served as executive chef at numerous restaurants. The Grand Haven native graduated from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College, and began his restaurant career at the famed Tapawingo Restaurant in Northern Michigan. He has since spent time as a chef in Scotland, California and Colorado. Locally, he helped open Rustica in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids Brewing Company and Slows Bar-BQ in the Downtown Market.

Central, Cyber School graduates celebrate success

June 8, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Families and friends cheered as pictures of Wednesday night’s graduates played in a slideshow.

… Looking ahead to the fall, 16-year-old Emma Chase said she plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and later study to be a doctor.

GRCC In the News, 6-6-17

Caribbean-themed bash will benefit Meals on Wheels Western Michigan

June 5, 2017; WOTV

Grandville, MI — Meals on Wheels Western Michigan (MOWWM) is hosting its 3rd Annual Chefs Specialty event, which will be honoring local chef, Angus Campbell. Donations and tickets sales will go directly to supporting MOWWM’s mission providing nutrition services to enable seniors to remain healthy and independent in their own homes. Sarah Mariuz and Brewster Hamm from MOWWM, along with Chef Angus appeared on eightWest to talk about the event and food. Click the video above to watch.

… Chef Angus Campbell is a City and Guilds Master Craftsmen with 45 years of experience. Campbell is best known locally as a culinary arts teacher at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Campbell has recently retired from this role, however continues to consult for local, national, and international companies. His expertise as a culinary chef has won him countless medals from food competitions, as well as pronounced him as a junior culinary team coach.

GRCC In the News, 5-22-17

Street Talk: Rapid transformation

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Challenge accepted

Grand Rapids Community College was well represented recently at the MWest Challenge student venture competition, which provides students with an opportunity to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

Personal chef authors canning cookbook

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local food-preservation expert and culinary instructor has written a book on canning and cooking with preserved food.

… Devereaux received a personal chef certification from Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in 2014.

GRPS, Florida A&M announces pipeline and major scholarships

May 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Florida A&M is awarding West Michigan students with major scholarships to announce a new pipeline between Grand Rapids Public School and the university.

… The partnership with Florida A&M comes as part of renewed commitment to Ottawa Hills students. Other plans for the school include: a major bond renovation, Early Middle College program with Grand Rapids Community College to help students gain free associate degrees; college and career preparations programs, including homeland security, cosmetology, technology, communications and engineering; and increased partnerships with other HBCUs.

DeShaun Thrower takes on two sports at Ferris State

May 19, 2017; WZZM

Ferris State football coach Tony Annese and men’s basketball coach Andy Bronkema are unsure how it’s going to work out, but they’re both excited to add a player with DeShaun Thrower’s skills to their respective teams next season.

… He (Thrower) also liked the connection he shared with Annese, who coached Muskegon High to three state championships in the mid-2000s before leaving to take over Grand Rapids Community College’s football program in 2009.