Durham College Centre for Food Officially Opens

After more than four years of planning, fundraising and building, the Centre for Food (CFF) officially opened its doors this October.

The monumentus occasion was celebrated at an official grand opening celebration showcasing the new, state-of-the-art learning facility at Durham College�s Whitby campus.

Chef Thomas Heitz of PORT Restaurant--pictured here with some of his students--is one of the new instructors at the Durham College Centre for Food

Chef Thomas Heitz of PORT Restaurant–pictured here with some of his students–is one of the new instructors at the Durham College Centre for Food

Over 300 food lovers–including yours truly–from the region attended the event. A�We were lucky enough to spend the evening sampling student-created dishes, touring the building and its full-service, green-certified teaching and learning restaurant: Bistro �67, all while being entertained by Canadian musician, Greg Keelor.

The keynote was aptly provided by local loving Chef Jamie Kennedy who remarked about the importance of bringing future chefs to the land to experience first hand how food is grown. A�Guests then raised their glasses asA�college president Don Lovisa led a toast to the CFF while unveiling a beautiful harvest table, engraved especially for the event.

Chef Jamie Kennedy helps open Durham College Centre for Food

Chef Jamie Kennedy helps open Durham College Centre for Food

This new learning centre plans to offer a full-service, green-certified teaching restaurant and lounge, state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and meeting spaces designed to accommodate approximately 900 new students pursuing careers in the culinary, hospitality, tourism and agriculture sectors.

Things aren’t quite finished yet as the grounds have not been planted. A�Get excited for 2014 though–The CFF will also follow the field-to-fork vision through itsA�extensive landscapingA�plan. A�This farm to fork driven planA�includes an on-campus orchard, pollinator garden, greenhouse, demonstrator gardens, a green roof, an agricultural planting zone and an arboretum.

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