Boston University Metropolitan College

Culinary Arts 30th Anniversary Gala: Celebrating Jacques Pépin

Join us for the Culinary Arts 30th Anniversary Gala—the inaugural event of the anniversary celebrations with guest of honor Jacques Pépin.

Hotel Commonwealth Fenway Ballroom
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts

VIP Reception at 6:00 p.m.
General Admission at 6:45 p.m.

Dinner & Program at 7:15 p.m.
Dessert Reception at 9:30 p.m.

General Admission $500 • VIP $750
Tax deductible amount per VIP ticket: $250
Cocktail attire please. Chef coats and bow ties welcome.
Valet parking available at the Hotel Commonwealth for $28/vehicle.

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Developed in 1989 by Programs in Food & Wine Founding Director Rebecca Alssid along with legendary chefs Julia Child and Jacques Pépin, the semester-long, hands-on Culinary Arts program is taught by working chefs and food industry professionals, exposing students to classic French techniques and international cuisines.

This star-studded evening will include a walk-around reception featuring signature cocktails and select wines, provided as you graze from “Chef’s Tables” featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared by BU’s Culinary Arts chef–instructors and “Best of Boston” chefs. Following the reception will be a four-course dinner prepared by celebrity chefs with wine pairings, along with a live auction featuring unique culinary experiences. The evening will wind down with digestifs accompanied by a selection of desserts prepared by some of Boston’s best pastry chefs and BU Culinary Arts students.

All funds raised for this event go directly to the Jacques Pépin Legacy Fund and Boston University’s Food & Wine 30th Anniversary Fund.

Who Will Be There?

Master of Ceremonies:

Brian Maynard, Jacques Pépin Foundation Board Member

Reception with Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres:

BU Culinary Arts Chefs Table: Chris Douglass (Ashmont Grill/Tavolo), Cara Chigazola-Tobin (Honey Road), Michael Leviton, and Barry Maiden
Jamie Bissonnette: Toro/Little Donkey/Coppa
Nicki Hobson: Island Creek Oyster Bar
Carolyn Johnson: 80 Thoreau/Mooncusser/Moon Bar
Colin Lynch: Bar Mezzana
Tony Maws: Craigie on Main/Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Kevin O’Donnell & Michael Lombardi: SRV
David Punch: Sycamore/Little Donkey/Little Big Diner
Ming Tsai: Blue Dragon

Four-Course Dinner with:

Renee Erickson: Bateau, The Walrus and the Carpenter
Stephanie Izard: Girl & the Goat/Little Goat
Host Chef Jeremy Sewall: Island Creek Oyster Bar/Row 34
Justin Walker & Danielle Johnson Walker: Walkers Maine

Special Guests:

Jody Adams: Trade/Porto/Saloniki
Dana Cowin: Food&Wine Magazine
Mary Ann Esposito: Ciao Italia
Jean Joho: Everest/Studio Paris/Brasserie JO/Eiffel Tower
Claudine Pépin: Jacques Pépin Foundation
Michael Schlow: Tico/Alta Strada
Ana Sortun: Oleana/Sofra
Rollie Wesen: Jacques Pépin Foundation
Jasper White: Summer Shack

Digestifs and Dessert with:

BU Culinary Arts students with Janine Sciarappa and Jean-Claude Szurdak
Irene Costello & Joan MacIsaac: Effie's Homemade
Jim Dodge: Bon Appétit
Ihsan Gurdal: Formaggio Kitchen
Maura Kilpatrick: Sofra
Lauren Moran: Honeycomb Bakery & Café

For questions and to inquire about sponsorship and table sales, please call 617-353-9852 or email