Congratulations to Chefs Campbell and Garlough on 2nd Edition of Textbook

modern garde mangerCongratulations to GRCC culinary arts faculty Chef Bob Garlough and Chef Angus Campbell on the publication of the second edition of their award-winning textbook “Modern Garde Manger: A Global Perspective.”  Produced by Cengage Delmar Learning, the text was the recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Gold Medal Award when the first edition came out.

From the description provided by the publisher, the book is “written for both the working chef and the serious student engaged in the practice and study of culinary arts, [and contains] carefully researched information and fully tested recipes span the broad international spectrum of the modern garde manger station.”

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GRCC in the News: 2/24/11

GRCC cooks up new certificate course for personal chefs
Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 3:16 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

Grand Rapids Community College is preparing a new course for professional cooks who don’t want to work in restaurants. (More)

Hope students named finalists in opera competition
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Feb 23, 2011 @ 01:32 PM

Grand Rapids, MI — Three Hope College students were named finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition held on Friday at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids. Three Hope students, including Senior Sarah Ashcroft of Holland, were among seven finalists chosen from a total of 10 select contestants from Hope, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.  (More)

GRCC Music Dept. Partners with “Rock Camp”

After a highly successful summer Rock Camp at the St. Cecilia Music Center (partner of the GRCC Music Department), plans are underway for the next Rock Camp offering: the Rock Camp Spring Break Escape.  Rock Camp is coached by Grand Rapids-based band The Outer Vibe and is offered to 12-18 year olds who have some experience at guitar, drums, bass, piano/keyboards, or singing.

Important dates:

  • Saturday, April 2: orientation/band formation, 2-5 P.M.
  • Monday, April 4 – Thursday, April 7: camp, 5-9 P.M.
  • Friday, April 8: dress rehearsal @ SCMC, 1-3 P.M.
  • Sunday, April 10: final concert with The Outer Vibe @ The Intersection, 5:00 P.M.

To learn about Rock Camp or The Outer Vibe, visit  To register for the camp, call 616.459.2224 or email Martha at

GRCC Faculty Sheryl Iott to Perform in Italy

Sheryl Iott, piano faculty, will be performing a solo recital at the Aula Magna of Palazzo Gallenga at the University for Foreigners in Grand Rapids’ sister city of Perugia, Italy on May 24, 2011. Works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Granados, Barber, and Bartok are planned for the program. The concert has been arranged through cooperation with the sister city organizations in both cities, and is being sponsored by the organization in Perugia, the University for Foreigners in Perugia,  and the Scuola di Musica la Maggiore.

Running in the Fifth Third Riverbank Run? Train With the Grand Rapids Running Club

While official training is well underway, the GRCC WE Team wanted to let everyone know about a great training opportunity.

The Grand Rapids Running Club, a volunteer organization whose goal is to promote fitness, is offering a free 5/3 River Bank Run mentor program. They also have weekly training runs with a group running at every pace. And you don’t have to be a member to come out and participate.
Check out their website for more information:

We know that the training season is much more fun with partners who can provide support/accountability and keep you motivated (especially during these long winter months). Good luck!

Watch GRCC Employee Luba Petrash Carve Ice Live

It is currently -22 degrees in Fairbanks, Alaska (and you thought we were having a cold spell here in GR) where GRCC employee and alumni of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Luba Petrash is competing at the World Ice Art Championships.  You have the opportunity to watch her work LIVE via this webcam (assuming it doesn’t ice over or get eaten by bears):

Live Stream of “Playing With Jacks”

No word yet on whether or not Luba can see Russia from the perch on the scaffolding.