Kendall College Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Gala Reception


Kendall College Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Gala Reception

Kendall College celebrated 80 years of providing quality post-secondary education to Chicago, the Midwest, the nation and abroad with a gala reception at its downtown campus on Oct. 16, 2014. Started as a junior college in 1934, Kendall has grown to become the leading school in Chicago for preparing students for careers in culinary arts and hospitality management as recognized by leaders in the Chicago restaurant and hotel industry. The reception brought together students, alumni, industry members, faculty, staff and representatives of the Chicago and Illinois community.

Kendall  relocated  from  the  original  campus  in  Evanston  to  Chicago’s  Goose  Island  neighborhood  in  2005. Today, it houses fully modern classrooms and kitchen labs, a 150 seat auditorium, student facilities and a Michelin Guide recommended dining room, which is open to the public for lunch and dinner. Kendall College offers bachelor’s degrees in all four schools — culinary arts, hospitality management, business and education.

“I’m  so  very  proud  to  be  a  part  of  this  Kendall  family and to be able to celebrate 80 years of history at this great institution,”  said  Emily  Williams  Knight,  president  of  Kendall  College.  “Our students have consistently become leaders in their industries and it is their accomplishments that help foster growth in our student community, both domestic and internationally.  We’re  thrilled  that  after  80  years  of  helping  students  pursue  their  passions,  we’ve  now  opened  our  doors  to  the  public  with  our  new  TASTE  of  Kendall   membership program. This exciting program will offer exclusive benefits to anyone who wants to  experience  why  we’re  one  of  the  nation’s  top culinary institutions.”

The brand new TASTE of Kendall membership, geared toward local food and beverage enthusiasts, provides a range of benefits, including discounts on the fine dining restaurant, a spectrum of culinary and beverage classes, culinary camps for teens, an exclusive newsletter, and recipes. The program’s introductory subscription rate is $80.

The founding members of the TASTE membership include many influential industry professionals, such as Choose Chicago President and CEO Don Welsh, Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia, Biz Bash CEO and  Founder  David  Adler,  Charlie  Trotter’s  Culinary  Education  Foundation  Executive  Director  Rachel  Trotter, Mindy’s  HotChocolate  and  distinguished Kendall culinary alumna Mindy Segal  and  “Check,  Please!”  host and Kendall College Trust Executive Director Catherine DeOrio, many of whom were at attendance for the celebration.

“When you talk about organizations in Chicago that continue to set the trends for supporting the development of our food and beverage industries, Kendall College stands out in that  discussion,”  said  Don  Welsh,  president and  chief executive officer of  Choose  Chicago.  “The  food  and  hospitality  scene  in  Chicago  is  one  of  the  world’s  finest and Kendall, with its leading academic programs, fine dining restaurant and now TASTE membership, continues to be a leader in the industry.”