Culinary Students Cook Up Dinner for 850 Children

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Students at ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, were busy this morning preparing Shepherd’s pie for about 850 children. It’s all part of the school’s monthly participating in the Kids Cafe program through the Food Bank to feed children in need. Everyone at ECPI University is proud of these dedicated volunteers!

Culinary Students Help Feed Hungry Children

KClowres2KClowres1We had a tremendous turnout of student support today at ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV).

A team of student and faculty volunteers prepared a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for nearly 1,500 hungry children.It’s all part of CIV’s monthly commitment to the local Food Bank to provide meals to children in after-school programs. Well done!

Classes Begin at Culinary Institute of Virginia’s Newest Location


ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) has completed construction of its Newport News location with classes beginning this week. The new site was chosen to meet industry demand, student interest and serve the Virginia Peninsula region as well as the City of Williamsburg.

“As the area expands both as a regional and international destination of commerce, culture and tourism, so will the public’s culinary tastes and expectations,” says Andy Gladstein, CIV Campus Provost. “We saw a strong need for quality chefs and skilled restaurant and hospitality personnel and wanted to provide convenient culinary education and training in the heart of the Peninsula.”

The new facility will initially offer degree and diploma programs in Culinary Arts, though other food service related programs will be offered in the future. At least 15 new jobs will be created with the opening of the new site, with more positions to come as the program grows. Approximately 30 students are enrolled for the first classes.

Renovations for the new facility began on January 21.  The two-story school is approximately 10,000 square feet with street-side kitchens and dining room visible to pedestrians. This becomes ECPI University’s second location dedicated to food service education. The school opened its Norfolk campus in 2006 and nearly 700 students have graduated since that time. About one third of CIV’s students currently live on the Peninsula.


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ECPI University Wins Again!

Once again, ECPI University’s campuses in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News have been honored by readers of the Virginian-Pilot, achieving Gold-Level status in the newspaper’s annual “Best of” competition. ECPI is ranked #1 among Technical Training Institutions and Cooking Schools!BestOf logo 2013 gold_clr (1)

CIV Gets a Taste of Celebrity

By: Kimberly White, CIV Honors Graduate, June 2011

On a rainy, unseasonably cool Sunday in September, two Italian reality television personalities brought a little sunshine to Virginia Beach. Top Chef fan favorite, Fabio Viviani and Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice along with Culinary Institute of Virginia Chef Instructor, Dedra Blount headlined as the finale attraction during the Mediterranean Festival at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The three day event began on Friday, September 16, was a celebration of Greek and Italian cuisine, music and culture.

The show began with a flawless cooking demo by Chef Dedra Blount, who effortlessly produced a beautiful dish of Quinoa Risotto and Veal Chops over a beautiful Pear Sauce with the assistance of CIV student Jeanine McDougald. CIV Academic Director, Chef Steve Sadowski was also on hand to demonstrate the proper technique for fabricating veal chops.

Teresa Giudice, known for her somewhat explosive temper, eclectic style, feuding family, legal woes, four rambunctious daughters, and New York Times bestselling cookbooks, Skinny Italian and Fabulicious, was next to take the stage. Teresa demonstrated how to make Devil Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta which is one of the recipes featured in her most recent cookbook. As she cooked, she fielded questions from the audience. Although Teresa seemed a little uncomfortable with the actual cooking portion of the demo, she wooed the audience with her candor, vivaciousness and down-to-earth quality that seems to be sincerely who she is.

Culinary team with Fabio Viviani of Top Chef and Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey

The icing on the proverbial cake in the event was Fabio Viviani, who came to the stage amid cheers and cat calls from screaming fans. Completely comfortable and commanding on stage, Fabio had the cameraman come right up to the demo table so that every step of his presentation could be seen clearly and up close by the audience. Fabio was assisted by CIV student, Jackie Beau. As Fabio began to make his famous Potato Gnocchi dish, he regaled the audience with funny antidotes and his philosophy about cooking and how Italians use very simple, fresh ingredients. He kept the audience completely entertained and engaged while giving cooking instructions.  After producing a pillowy light Gnocchi that he then finished in vibrant roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce, he had every person in the audience come up to the stage to try one. Fabio’s hilarious stories about growing up in an Italian family were endearing and you totally felt how sincere and passionate he is about cooking and sharing his love of food with his family, friends and fans.