“Par for the Course” Culinary Cook-Off to Help Support Norfolk Tourism

Winning Dishes and Scholarships to be Served at NTRF Annual Golf Tournament

Norfolk, VA - In support of Norfolk tourism, thirty five students at ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) will match culinary skills to see who can create the best dishes to be served at Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation's (NTRF) upcoming 9th annual golf tournament.

The "Par for the Course" luncheon cook-off is being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 at the CIV Campus, located at 2428 Almeda Avenue in Norfolk. Student teams will split into four different kitchens to prepare their dishes which will be sampled by local hospitality and tourism professionals. Guests, who are also judges, will go from kitchen to kitchen meeting the student competitors, sampling each dish and casting votes for their favorites. A broad range of original culinary creations will be prepared, from traditional empanadas to unique seafood-filled popovers.

Culinary creations from the top three student teams will be served at the NTRF golf tournament banquet being held on Friday, Oct. 26 at Ocean View Golf Course in Norfolk. NTRF will award $2,000 in scholarships to the top three student teams during the awards ceremony that follows the banquet.

Proceeds from the cook-off and golf tournament benefit the foundation, whose mission is to gather research to promote tourism in the City. CIV has been partnering with the NTRF for several years.

"NTRF's work ensures the city has useful and relevant data regarding tourism investment," says Andy Gladstein, Provost at CIV. "CIV supports the NTRF and a strong tourism industry, which helps promote a growing and exceptional dining environment throughout the City."

There were more than 100 participants in last year's tournament. NTRF is an adjunct agency to Visit Norfolk.

"The partnership between NTRF and CIV is a continuing success as shown by increased participation at both events each year," says Anthony J. DiFilippo, President and CEO of VisitNorfolk. "We are all looking forward to another great cook-off and tournament, which are not only a lot of fun, but also bring awareness and support for our wonderful city."

The NTRF golf tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with registration and putting contest, followed by tee-off at noon. The hole-in-one prize is $10,000, along with a $100,000 shoot-out; ladies and men's longest drive competition; closest to the pin contests; a silent auction and golf poker. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

Culinary Institute of Virginia is the School of Culinary Arts of ECPI University. CIV, ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, offers students a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Food Service Management, as well as an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts for students seeking culinary careers.

The Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation is a 501 © (3) charitable non-profit organization and functions as an adjunct agency to VisitNorfolk. The mission of the NTRF is to gather and disseminate research related to tourism in Norfolk and the region and educate the public on how tourism contributes to our quality of life. Visit Visit Norfolk Today for more information about the tournament.

For more information about ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, visit the CIV website at www.chefva.com or contact Scott McCaskey at Goldman & Associates at scott@goldmanandassociates.com or 757-625-2518.

About The Culinary Institute of Virginia

Culinary Institute of Virginia, the School of Culinary Arts at ECPI College of Technology, opened for enrollment in fall 2006. Graduates can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary science in less than two years. The curriculum offers a European educational model that combines classroom instruction with hands-on [ Continue Reading... ]

Culinary Institute of Virginia, the School of Culinary Arts at ECPI College of Technology, opened for enrollment in fall 2006. Graduates can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary science in less than two years. The curriculum offers a European educational model that combines classroom instruction with hands-on externships in the community. For information call 757-858-CHEF or visit the Culinary Institute of Virginia

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About ECPI University

ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees and diploma programs. With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ECPI, a private university established in 1966, offers convenient classes during the day, evening, [ Continue Reading... ]

ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees and diploma programs. With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ECPI, a private university established in 1966, offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services are provided. Continuing education certification classes and testing are also available.

ECPI's fields of study include:

TECHNOLOGY


BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

HEALTH SCIENCES

CULINARY

(Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit http://www.ecpi.edu

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