GRCC In The News, 7-16-18

New brewery strives for inclusivity
7/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Michigan’s first African-American-owned brewery was one of last week’s winners of Start Garden’s 100 Ideas. And a $20,000 cash prize is bringing the vision closer to opening day.
… One of the opportunities (Terry) Rostic plans to offer once he gets his business running is to send young people in the area through Grand Rapids Community College’s brewing program, a seven-week program designed to teach students the basics of working in a brewery and, hopefully, open career paths in craft brewing.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Terry Rostic is a GRCC alumnus.)

Inside Track: Chef invites learners to sit at his table
7/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Oscar Moreno was working at Serafinas, a now-closed Italian restaurant in Holland, when he received a phone call that led to the opportunity of his dreams.
… Moreno teaches his 14 cooks — many of whom are Grand Rapids Community College culinary school honor students — how to use the cookery and follow the appropriate processes.

3 Democrats compete in Kent County’s 28th Senate District
7/13/18 MLive
ROCKFORD, MI — This August, three Democrats will face off in a bid to challenge the Republican-held state senate seat representing northern Kent County.
… (Ryan) Jeanette is a history and political science Grand Rapids Community College student. In 2008 at the age of 18, Jeannette pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault or assault and battery which occurred the year before in Troy. He served 12 months probation.

Creative Dining Services to use cage-free eggs
7/14/18 The Holland Sentinel
ZEELAND — As more and more companies aim to provide more organic and healthy food items, Creative Dining Services has announced it will soon only use eggs from cage-free farms.
The Zeeland company, which operates food service programs at Hope College, Grand Rapids Community College and other local colleges, switched to cage-free eggs for its shelled egg products July 1 and plans to convert entirely to cage-free (liquid egg products included) by December.

Chefs tour cage-free egg farm
7/15/18 Morning Ag Clips
OTSEGO, Mich. — More than 40 chefs from Zeeland-based Creative Dining Services toured Vande Bunte Egg Farm’s cage-free campus as part of their Chef Lab program. The behind-the-scenes tour gave the chefs a first-hand look at where and how the eggs they use in their kitchens are produced, as Creative Dining is committed to using eggs from cage-free farms by the end of 2018.
… Creative Dining, a hospitality management provider, operates food service programs for clients in 12 states, including Davenport University, Calvin College, Samaritas, Grand Rapids Community College, Hope College, Stryker, Kalamazoo College and more here in West Michigan. On July 1, Creative Dining switched to using all cage-free eggs for their shelled egg products, and will convert entirely to cage-free (including liquid egg products) by December.

GRCC alumni compete in, win Chef Lab Competition

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Creative Dining held a 3-day culinary training called Chef Lab last week for 40 of their chefs and managers.  Fourteen of the employees who attended are GRCC Secchia Institute alumni.

The first day of Chef Lab was held at GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchen and amphitheater.

The second day was held at Gordon Food Service Headquarters where a Chef Lab Competition took place.  The winning team consisted of 3 of the 14 GRCC alumni: Todd Hurtz, Brady Newcomer, and Ryan Hartman.

Congratulations to Todd, Brady, Ryan, and all of the GRCC staff and alumni who participated in this year’s Chef Lab culinary training!

Raider Rally: Volunteers Needed

The staff at New Student Orientation and Student Life need your assistance at Raider Rally. We are in need of volunteers to help greet new students, staff the registration table, distribute t-shirts, and serve food, among other similar tasks. Raider Rally is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., although we many need some volunteers until 2 p.m.

If you would like to join us as a Raider Rally volunteer, please use this form to sign up:

We will follow up accordingly with a GroupWise appointment.

This is a wonderful chance to meet new students and help welcome them to campus. We hope you are able to participate!


Ice Cream Socials This Week!!

Let’s beat the heat together! Come grab an ice cold treat and mingle with friends at either (or both) of our ice cream socials!

  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Tassell M-TEC.
  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Main Campus, South Commons.

*Due to construction, an ice cream social will not be held on DeVos campus this year.

Questions or dietary restrictions? Please give Nicole Dekker a ring at x3848. Hope to see you there!