ECPI University Press Releases (May 2009)

Culinary Institute of Virginia Graduates Start Catering and Retail Business in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- (May 4, 2009) – Three recent graduates of the Norfolk-based Culinary Institute of Virginia, the School of Culinary Arts at ECPI College of Technology, Linda Decoursey, Connie Sayles and Dorothy Cooke, have joined together to open a catering and retail food business in Newport News. Sinful Treats Catering is located at 12715 Warwick Blvd. Suite L.

Decoursey had a catering business and decided to enroll in the Culinary Institute of Virginia to learn more and fine tune her culinary skills. Along the way, she made friends and business associates with two other students. They graduated at the end of 2008 and started Sinful Treats Catering in 2009. So far, the three chefs have catered luncheons, dinners and business meetings for high profile industrial, financial and pharmaceutical companies in Newport News.

From left to right, CIV graduates Dorothy Cooke, Linda Decoursey, and Connie Sayles

From left to right, CIV graduates Dorothy Cooke, Linda Decoursey, and Connie Sayles

In addition to the off-site catering, the trio is in the midst of improving its retail location at Commonwealth Shopping Center. The store comprises 1200 square feet and offers soups, sandwiches, salads and fresh-made desserts. These are all prepared as take out items for breakfast or lunch. Within the week, new bakery racks will be installed to showcase homemade breads, cakes, pies, cupcakes and other baked treats.

“We have a very distinct southern style to all of our foods,” says Decoursey. “Our specialty is chicken salad that we prepare home style with fresh roasted chicken, cranberries, grapes and pecans.”

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