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Congratulations to our Lane Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Students! We are proud!

December 2012

The first week of December was Finals Week!  Students are glad that the term is over after all their hard work in classes, special events, and Student Club activities.  Two students will be attending the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) 20th Anniversary Conference in January, 2013!  Miss Anna Secreast, Culinary Arts 1st year student; and Ms. Alicia Perkins, Hospitality Management 2nd year student won an essay contest to attend this conference with program staff members Chefs Julie Fether and Nancy Schwoerer.  Anna and Alicia won a full package scholarship supported by the Student Club which includes the conference registration, hotel accommodations at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, airfare, and a 1-year membership to WCR.  Congratulations, Anna and Alicia!  What great student success!

Don't forget to pick up a copy of the "Taste of Lane" cookbook for holiday gifts!  They are on sale here at the Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19/202.  Cookbooks are $20.00 and proceeds go towards Culinary and Hospitality student scholarships.  A great holiday gift!  "Taste of Lane" will also be on sale at the Lane County Holiday Farmers' Market Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16 in the Performance Hall at the Lane Events Center.  The program wishes all a restful Holiday Break.  See you in January!  Classes begin Monday, January 7, 2013.  Cheers!

November 2012

November means preparing for the annual involvement in the Eugene Whiteaker Thanksgiving Dinner under the direction of Chef Clive Wanstall.  Over 100 culinary arts and hospitality management students worked with community members to produce a wonderful and traditional Thanksgiving meal for over 2,000 guests at the Whiteaker School on Thanksgiving.  Preparations began the week before with ingredients and produce coming to Lane from gracious community donors, prepping foods all weekend, and traveling product from Lane to the Whiteaker district.  Thank you, students, for your contributions to the community!

Did you know that our Conference & Culinary Services (CCS) Division produced the first cookbook in college history?  "Taste of Lane" is now available for purchase!  The cookbook features farm-to-table recipes created by the chefs, staff, students, and alumni of the division which includes Campus Food Services, the Center for Meeting and Learning, and the instructional programs.  A dessert recipe from President Mary Spilde is included as well as seasonal menus and wine/beverage pairings for recipes made with local produce and products.  "Taste of Lane" is $20.00 with proceeds going towards Culinary and Hospitality student scholarships.

October 2012

Boy, we've been so busy here getting our students comfortable into their fall term that we haven't kept you up to date!  We just celebrated all new and returning students with a very well-attended Welcome Lunch held here in the Center for Meeting and Learning.  Chef Clive Wanstall was celebrated by United Way and the Register Guard as Volunteer of the Month of September!  Thank you, Chef Clive, for everything you do to support our program and help the community!  Chef is most known for his tireless efforts to work with students to produce the Whiteaker Thanksgiving Dinner.  At the end of October we welcome Chef Molly Stevens as Guest Chef for the 10th Annual Foundation Harvest Dinner!  Check out the Foundation page for more information about Molly.  Good luck, students!  And, YES!  We will be present with the fabulous Mushroom Ragout at the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival on Sunday, October 28th from 10am-5pm.  Come check out the festival and see our students in action!  And, last but certainly not least - 9 of our culinary students/alumni have just come back from traveling to Erfurt, Germany to attend the IKA Culinary Olympics with Hospitality Management instructor Adrienne Dombrosky.  What a great International experience for our students!

June 2012

Chef studentCongratulations to our program Student Graduates! And, congratulations are also in order for Hospitality Management Graduate Anni Elwood who is representing our program as the Student Keynote Speaker at the Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 16! This is the first time that a CAHM program student has been awarded this honor by application and audition.

April 2012

Congratulations to the CAHM Program for winning the Best Bite "Sweet" Award at the Annual Eugene Chefs' Night Out on Tuesday, April 10th! Culinary Arts students prepared a variety of ice creams, sorbets, and gelatos to serve in cookie cups and Hospitality Management students provided excellent service support and guest communications. This is the 2nd year in a row that the CAHM Program has won a Best Bite Award and the program's 4th award overall!

The Spring Classical Cuisine Dinner - "The 100-Mile Meal: Cultivate Your Plate" held on Thursday, May 24 from 6-8:00pm at the Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19 is SOLD OUT! Thank you for your patronage and see you next year at the 2013 Winter Classical Cuisine International Dinner held in March!

February 2012

It's already a busy term for the CAHM program! Where did January go??? Many of our CAHM program students participated in the Oregon Truffle Festival , which was held the last weekend of January as well as supporting the 6th Annual Local Food Connection - Thank you, students! 

Our program will be representing at the annual Lane Preview Night held on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6-7:30pm in the main gym here at Lane! We hope you will stop by our information table and say hello!

And, most importantly, come see our students in action at the Winter 2012 Classical Cuisine Dinner "Hadshi Bneem! A Moroccan Feast of the Senses" held on Thursday, March 1. The dinner sold out in mid-February - congratulations, Students! Guests can't wait for this culinary adventure!!

The CAHM Program represented with faculty, staff, and students at LANE PREVIEW NIGHT held on Wednesday, 2/27. Many high school students and their families came to check out LCC and all the amazing instructional programs and resources we offer. Applications to both of our programs were handed out - we hope to see these prospective students in our program next year!

Happy February!

December 2011

A great article from the Register Guard featuring two of our Culinary Arts students, Pam Cordua and Dave Norris! Pam is the owner of Sine Cura Cafe on the corner of Charnelton and Broadway in Eugene - Dave is the cafe manager. The cafe highlights organic foods and pastries, coffees, and wi-fi internet access with a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

University of Oregon senior Journalism student Barbara Bellinger has written an great article entitled "Drugs Don't Win in Whiteaker - People Do!", which is featured on her website.

Barbara's article features an audio slideshow of Chef Clive Wanstall and the Lane support for the Whiteaker Thanksgiving Dinner. Thank you, Barbara, for sharing your discovery about the positive efforts to support Whiteaker folks from the community and Lane Community College!

Check out this great article about Chef Clive Wanstall and his contributions as Chef Instructor for the program!! Congratulations, Chef Clive - you rock! The Local Dish

Culinary and Hospitality Management students support the program even AFTER their rigorous fall term! Students are helping to cook and serve for the Eugene Rotary Annual Holiday Auction Dinner held at Davis' Restaurant on Tuesday, December 13. Students who love to bake will also support the Eugene Rotary/Churchill High School Interact Club's Annual Dessert Auction Luncheon held at the Eugene Hilton on Tuesday, December 20th. Thank you, students!!

November 2011

The Whiteaker Thanksgiving Dinner was a great success serving over 2000 homeless a traditional Thanksgiving meal supported by the Culinary Arts students and volunteers from the Community under the direction of Chef Clive Wanstall. 80 Turkeys were prepared with a variety of sides and desserts all made from scratch! Thank you Chef Clive and students!!

October 2011

The"Buffet and Banquet" Hospitality Management course was featured in the Lane student newspaper - The Torch! Congratulations!

Check out the Eugene Weekly article about the Renaissance Room - Lane's very own student-run dining room!

We're getting ready for our annual execution of the Lane Foundation Harvest Dinner! Students will be working with renowned chef, author and teach John Ash!

Come visit our booth at the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival 2011, held Sunday, October 30th! Chefs and students will be preparing and serving Chef Chris's famous Mushroom Ragout in a Phyllo cup (Vegan option available) and Mesclun greens with a Mushroom Vinaigrette.

August 2011

Culinary Arts students Brad Smith and Pamela Cordua are taking the restaurant industry by storm with the opening of their cafe/coffeehouse in Eugene on the corner of Broadway and Charnelton. Opening date is set for Thursday, September 1! Congratulations, Brad and Pam! We wish you well with your new endeavor!

Community Events/Service Opportunities

Culinary program home cooked mealOur program not only focuses on teaching culinary and hospitality skills, but incorporating a strong community service component into the curriculum that enhances and enriches the student experience. Students have a wide-range of opportunities to support our local communities by volunteering their time and talents to a variety of events. These fundraisers or events for different charities offer students a way to "give back" through their passion for the culinary and hospitality arts. Featured below are just a few of the events that our program is actively involved:

Chefs' Night Out

An annual fundraiser for Food for Lane County, Chefs' Night Out features the culinary offerings of local chefs, restaurants, bakeries, and wineries. Each year, our students participate in the Event showcasing a different food theme. Our Program won the 2007 "Best Bites" and the 2009 "Best Presentation and Hospitality" awards!

students serving/preparing at eventWhiteaker Thanksgiving Dinner

The Annual Whiteaker Community Thanksgiving Dinner feeds over 2,000 low income families in Eugene. Our faculty, staff, and students, including others from the Lane community, all participate in supporting the event with the preparatory production and execution beginning the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Mount Pisgah Mushroom Festival

Co-sponsored by the Cascade Mycological Society, the annual Festival celebrates the broad range of fungi collected throughout Western Oregon. Students participate cooking and serving mushroom fare, which is a reputable and favorite highlight of the Festival.

Project Homeless Connect

A nationwide movement and annual local event held at the Lane County Fairgrounds, Project Homeless Connect was created to improve the access to a variety of services for people who are or will be homeless in Lane County. Our students cook for and serve almost 1,000 homeless people.

Local Food Connection

An annual event held here at the Center for Meeting and Learning, the Local Food Connection creates business opportunities for farmers, fishers and food buyers. The Local Food Connection provides the chance to network and the opportunity to participate in educational workshops. Local farms and producers donate items for the fabulous conference lunch, created by Chef Tim Hill and students at the Center for Meeting and Learning.

students serving/preparing at eventCAHM Program Recipes!!

Featuring Chef Chris Crosthwaite's renowned recipes that are featured at the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival! Bon Appetit!

Did you know that we are producing with the support of Lane Marketing our first cookbook? The "Taste of Lane" Cookbook is expected to be published for October, 2012! The cookbook will feature seasonal menus and recipes that celebrate the entire Conference and Culinary Services Division - including Faculty - past and present, staff, Alumni, and current student recipes. Here's a recipe from Chef Julie Fether that features a bountiful fruit of the fall season - Apples! Enjoy!

students serving/preparing at eventCome Enjoy One of Eugene's Best Kept Secrets:

If you are looking for an affordable fine dining experience for lunch, try the Renaissance Room on Lane's main campus. Located at the east end of the first floor of the Center Building, this wonderful dining experience offers service for one or can accommodate special parties of up to 24. The food is prepared and served by our Culinary Arts students. The Renaissance Room is open mostly Monday through Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during fall, winter, and spring terms through the week before finals, with some exceptions. Menus change twice a term. Reservations are suggested. Call (541) 463-3533.

Gift certificates are available for purchase through the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management office (541) 463-3503 or Bldg. 19 Rm. 202.

Driving directions to the Renaissance Room