Special Events

The First 50: A Toast to Innovation, celebrating guest of honor Jaques Pépin at 80

Monday, November 2, 6–9 p.m. | $150 (includes a signed copy of Jacques Pépin's new book)

This year marks two major milestones for Boston University: the 50th anniversary of BU’s Metropolitan College (MET) and the 80th birthday of legendary chef Jacques Pépin— who, with Julia Child, cofounded MET’s Culinary Arts and Gastronomy programs.

Many of Boston’s most honored chefs and restaurants will share samples of their favorite specialty dishes or their personal takes on a Pépin recipe—as an “homage to Jacques.” You’ll also enjoy tasting fine wines, beers, and other beverages from premier producers and friends of BU’s culinary arts programs—please come raise a glass with us!

For 50 years, MET has served as a bridge between Boston University and the world, connecting the resources of a leading research university to adults and working professionals in the community and beyond.

Reserve your tickets today!

Please note: $50 of each ticket is a tax deductible donation to support the Boston University Metropolitan College Fund.

Event Participants Include:

  • Beverly Alexandre: Cooking Up Culture
  • Rich Barron: Il Capriccio
  • David Becker: Sweet Basil
  • Chris Bee: Catering on the Charles
  • Ilene Bezahler: Edible Boston
  • Jamie Bissonnette: Coppa; Toro
  • Sandy Block: Legal Sea Foods;
    Wine, Beer, Spirits Studies at BU
  • Nick Bourke: Martignetti Liquors
  • Michael Brehart: Vine Connections
  • Daniel Bruce: Meritage
  • Jackson Cannon: The Hawthorne
  • Cara Chigazola-Tobin: Oleana
  • Chip Coen: M. S. Walker
  • Irene Costello: Effies’s Homemade
  • Beth Ann Dahan:
    Wine, Beer, Spirits Studies at BU
  • Dante de Magistris: Dante; Il Casale
  • Jim Dodge: Bon Appétit Management
  • Chris Douglass: Ashmont Grill; Tavolo
  • Patrick Dubsky: Winestone
  • Frederick Ek: Retired Wine Importer
  • Richard Elia: QRW
  • Mary Ann Esposito: Ciao Italia
  • Abe Faber: Clear Flour Bakery
  • Jeff Fournier: 51 Lincoln; Waban
  • Helen Gallo Bryan: Winebow
  • Ihsan Gurdal: Formaggio Kitchen
  • Deborah Hansen: Taberna de Haro
  • Garrett Harker: Island Creek Oyster Bar; Row 34; Eastern Standard
  • Max Harvey: Georges Bank
  • Nicki Hobson: Island Creek Oyster Bar
  • Sam Huang: Super Fusion, Watertown
  • Sally Jackson: Boston Beer Company
  • Thomas John: Piperi
  • Lauren Kroesser: Eastern Standard; Island Creek Oyster Bar
  • Kip Kumler: Turtle Creek Winery
  • Michael Leviton: Lumiére
  • Joan MacIsaac: Effie’s Homemade
  • Barry Maiden: 2015 James Beard Award Winner; Provender
  • Frank McClelland: L’Espalier
  • Dan Michaud: Ruby Wines
  • Lisa Miller Ryan: Brookline Liquor Mart
  • Bill Nesto:
    Wine, Beer, Spirits Studies at BU
  • Raymond Ost: Wilson Farms
  • Vita Paladino: Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at BU
  • David Punch: Sycamore
  • Gus Rancatore: Toscanini’s Ice Cream
  • Jacky Robert: Ma Maison
  • Jeannie Rogers: Adonna Imports
  • The Russell Family: Westport Rivers Winery; Buzzards Bay Brewery
  • The Sapoznik Family: Olive Connection
  • Janine Sciarappa: BU Culinary Arts
  • Jeremy Sewall: Island Creek Oyster Bar; Lineage; Row 34
  • Joe Simone: Simone’s
  • David Strymish: Cookbook Dealer
  • Christy Timon: Clear Flour Bakery
  • Richard Vellante: Legal Sea Foods
  • John Vyhnanek: BU Culinary Arts
  • Jasper White: Summer Shack
  • Stacy Woods: Wine, Beer, Spirits Studies at BU
  • Josh Ziskin: La Morra; Heritage of Sherborn
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