June 11, 2013
Chamber gives sweet reward to Cincinnati State
Joseph Moss, Executive Director of the Midwest Culinary Institute, accepts a $13,500 donation from Pat Sheeran, Vice President of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, to support Cincinnati State's culinary program.
The Chamber recently presented a $13,500 donation to the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State from restaurant registration fees associated with the Taste of Cincinnati's Taste Experience. The Chamber matched the fees making the donation an especially impressive amount.
The money will support the purchase of a new tilt skillet to be used by instructors and students in the teaching kitchens at MCI.
"The donation from the Taste of Cincinnati will allow our Midwest Culinary Institute to better support its restaurant classes with new equipment and to increase our student's culinary experience and expertise," said Dr. O'dell Owens, president of Cincinnati State. "It's important for our culinary students to participate in many community events such as Taste of Cincinnati."
The Taste Experience, a new attraction at this year's event which featured many of Cincinnati's fine dining restaurants offering their menu items in an intimate dining experience, provided an opportunity for 25 MCI students to volunteer alongside many of Cincinnati's prominent chefs.
"It seems like a natural fit to have an institution that produces many of the area's finest chefs benefit from an event that spotlights some of the region's best culinary offerings," said Ellen van der Horst, president and chief executive officer of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.
Taste of Cincinnati organizers have also confirmed that MCI will also serve as a Taste Experience beneficiary for next year's Taste of Cincinnati, planned for May 24-26.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the success of the Taste Experience," said Pat Sheeran, vice president of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Taste of Cincinnati organizer. "But being able to make such a sizable donation to MCI makes that success even sweeter."