GRCC In the News, 8-15-14

Former President Jimmy Carter speaking at GRCC in September

Aug. 14, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Former President Jimmy Carter will speak in Grand Rapids next month as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Restaurant Week heats up

Aug. 14, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The 5th Annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids kicked off Wednesday night, allowing the public to sample three-course meals for $28 at more than 60 area restaurants. This year, the event has a theme of perfect pairings, encouraging the restaurants to pair the meals with beer, wine and spirits.

… A dollar from every meal sold for Restaurant Week will be donated to a scholarship fund at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Since 2010, restaurants have donated nearly $75,000 to the fund.

Burger King: 11 West Michigan students receiving $1,000 scholarships

Aug. 13, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eleven West Michigan students who work for Burger King will receive $1,000 scholarships, according to Quality Dining, Inc., a local Burger King franchisee.

… The local scholarship winners are: Philip Jones, of Dorr, a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC);Thomas Freeman, of Hudsonville, a sophomore at Ferris State University; Jacob Misiak, of Grandville, a freshman at Western Michigan University; Michelle Essink, of Holland, a junior at GRCC; Felicia Kohn, of Gowen, a freshman at Grand Valley State University; Eric Estrada, of Grand Rapids, a freshman at GRCC; Katelynn Phillips, of Grand Rapids, a junior at GRCC; Trevor Overbeck, of Clarksville, sophomore at Michigan Technical University; Luis de la Barrera, of Kentwood, a sophomore at GRCC; Nathan Rubelman, of Zeeland, a freshman at Ferris State University; and Jacob Ramos, of Rockford, a sophomore at GRCC.


Aug. 13, 2014;

(Video shows GRCC alumnus Marcus Benard, who plays football with the Arizona Cardinals.)

SICE students tour dairy farm

About 20 Secchia Culinary Institute students were invited by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan for an all-day tour and special lunch featuring Michigan Dairy Products. The tour was of the Crandall Farm near Battle Creek. Crandall is a fifth-generation farm family that is proud to produce fresh, local milk. They learned everything from animal care to dairy nutrition. They traveled in style on a chartered bus with other chefs and doctors of veterinary medicine. The tour was followed by lunch at the Seasonal Grille in Hastings, Michigan, which is owned and operated by a Secchia Chef Graduate, Justin Straube!

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Raider Salute to Marcia, Ziad Rango

A Raider Salute from Dan Gendler was prompted by this week’s Restaurant Week kickoff of a “Guess-the-Ingredients” competition at GRCC:

Marcia Rango and SICE graduate and husband Ziad are the two chefs that put together the Restaurant Week tasting plates for the competition. The two of them, along with Jared Funk and Mike Kidder, did a phenomenal job in helping us add more scholarship money to the already huge $75,000 pot!

Thank you!


Campus Dining Fall Changes

The Raider Grille will be open this fall semester from:

  • Monday thru Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Lunch
  • Friday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (open for Breakfast & Lunch)
The Quiet Cafe will have an all new Breakfast Menu with more classic favorites & original options to satisfy anyone’s needs!
  • Served Monday thru Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch/Dinner will be served Monday thru Thursday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
The Sneden Cafe is undergoing a complete remodel & will feature more hot food options!
  • Open Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. thru 6:00 p.m.
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