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May 5, 2005
CONTACT: Carol Anderson 734.487.4400
carol.anderson@emich.edu

Eat, drink and help renovate EMU's Roosevelt Hall kitchen May 20

YPSILANTI - Wines from California, Michigan and the island of Sicily will be served along with an assortment of appetizers at the Eastern Michigan University Wine and Food Pairing Event and Silent Auction May 20, 7 p.m., at University House.

The event is a fund-raiser to renovate the kitchen in EMU's Roosevelt Hall, which is used by students in the hotel and restaurant management, and human nutrition programs . Tickets are $75 per person or $100 for a couple. For reservations, call Susan Gregory at 734.487.0845.

Chef John Fischer of Gratzi restaurant in Ann Arbor will be working with 20 EMU hotel and restaurant management students to prepare and serve heavy appetizers.

"It's a wonderful experience for our students to work with John, who's such a skilled chef," said Gregory, associate professor and program coordinator in the hotel and restaurant management program at EMU.

"It's the first time I'll be a chef's assistant as part of a fund-raiser and I'm really excited to work with such a well-known chef. I'm ready to help out with anything that needs to be done," said Kristen Dogan, an EMU graduate student from Coldwater.

The evening also will feature a silent auction. Among the items to be auctioned are a one-week time-share vacation at a luxury resort, a basket of wine, artwork and two hours of batting practice with a former Chicago Cubs player.

The campaign hopes to raise $120,000, said Gregory.   Kitchen updates will include a new ventilation system along with new gas, electric and convection stoves, refrigerators, a demonstration table and a chef's table.   In addition, cabinetry and workspace areas will be modified to be more efficient and have the look of a commercial kitchen.  

Students in the hotel and restaurant management program learn basic food preparation skills and students in human nutrition focus on modifying recipes in the kitchen laboratory.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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