Eat, Drink and Be Merry! The Seventh Annual Food and Wine Event

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On Sunday, April 27, the Culinary Arts Department of Contra Costa College will host its Annual Food and Wine Event. Now in its seventh year, this has become one of the most eagerly awaited yearly events in West County. If you love good food and wine, prepared by some of the best chefs and wineries in the Bay Area, make your way to the campus of Contra Costa College that day.

This sip-and-taste gala, featuring over fifty regional restaurants and wineries, offers delicious diversions, featuring celebrity chefs, fine wines, artisan chocolates and old-fashioned entertainment, including a live auction, a designer cake walk and gourmet mystery bags.  A silent auction will offer an array of unique beverages, food adventures, and culinary accessories, including artist-designed kitchen coats and uniforms signed by participating chefs.

The Food and Wine Event funds study abroad scholarships sending promising culinary students on a two-week educational tour abroad. The remaining proceeds support the Culinary Arts Management Department of Contra Costa College. The culinary program offers students from diverse backgrounds affordable, nationally-recognized training in preparation for careers in restaurants, hotels, resorts, bakeries and related culinary fields.

The CCC Culinary Arts Program

The Culinary Arts Management program is committed to providing education to all interested students, especially those seeking to become hospitality professionals. Faculty members foster the growth of the individual by providing each student with the skills and knowledge needed to master their craft. The program works in partnership with leaders in the local hospitality field to benefit students and meet the needs of the industry.

Culinary Arts students hone their skills in real-world settings that offer a blend of theory, skill development, and practical application. Many students work and study in the on-campus restaurant, The Three Seasons, which is open to the public a few days a week. Others get practical experience by working on off-campus catering assignments or in internship settings. All students work in the on-campus commercial kitchen that is the heart of the program.

Individuals interested in culinary arts may choose to enroll in a few courses, or to pursue a series of courses that culminate in a certificate or degree. Those with an eye on a career in the industry may aim to become a chef in a restaurant, hotel or cruise ship, a pastry chef, baker, sous chef, caterer or restaurant owner.

The Scholarship

Proceeds from the Annual Food and Wine Event fund study abroad scholarships, which send promising Contra Costa College culinary students on a two-week study tour to Europe or Asia. In recent years, the program has brought students to Rome to study at the famous Academia Barilla, to the prestigious Marco Polo Culinary Academy in Parma, Italy, and on a culinary tour of China with chef Martin Yan.

The Students

Contra Costa College serves a diverse range of students with a wide array of backgrounds. Some come directly from high school, while others are career changers or reentering the work force. What they have in common is a passion for food, drive, work ethic and dreams. Many have worked in restaurants before enrolling in the school, and most continue to work in professional kitchens during their study, for which they may receive course credit. In additional to offsite jobs, Contra Costa Culinary students work in The Four Seasons restaurant and participate in on- and off-campus catering events.

To Order Tickets

Tickets for the Seventh Annual Food and Wine Event are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and include a souvenir wine glass. Advance tickets are available now online, or at the CCC Culinary Arts Department Office, AA-234, 2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo. For more information, please contact Cecilia Romero-Chavez or Angel Chau at (510) 215-3878, email the Culinary Arts Department at, or visit

Bon appetit!


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