VIU culinary students showcase Mediterranean cuisine

October 26, 2011 - 7:45am

Second-year students and their instructors at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island are looking to North Africa, the Middle East and neighbouring regions for the theme of a fall dining adventure at Vancouver Island University.

Students will prepare and serve dishes such as spicy beef stew and flat bread from Ethiopia, lamb tagine with preserved lemons from Morocco, ratatouille from southern France and a Mediterranean fish dish or stew with sea bass as the starting point.

“We’re really striving for authentic dishes,” says VIU Culinary Arts program director Craig Rogers.

Some specialties will be served on platters with others on small plates at the Mediterranean-themed dinner. The culinary “tour” is 6 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Royal Arbutus Room on the top floor of Building 300 on the Nanaimo campus. Cost with taxes included is $56 per person or $168 for a table of four. Wine from France and Italy will be available to purchase by the bottle or glass.

Proceeds from the fundraising dinner will go toward supporting student activities such as culinary competitions and field trips. Some of the funds will also be used for improvements to the Discovery Room, the dining room that is open to the public for lunch Tuesday to Friday and dinner Thursday and Friday.

“The Discovery Room has the best view on campus but it could use upgrading for things like furnishings and wall coverings,” Rogers says.
“Budgets are tight so we are being proactive and want to start raising a significant amount of money.”

For reservations, call 250-740-6289
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