The 28th Annual Gourmet Food & Wine Gala 2022

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The 28th Annual Gourmet Food & Wine Gala 2022

After a four-year hiatus, the highly touted 28th Annual Gourmet Food & Wine Gala was back in grand fashion on Friday, September 23, 2022, with a shiny new menu and an entertainment extravaganza everyone enjoyed!

Created to support great causes, the gala took place at the Alumni Skyline Room of the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, on the river in downtown Windsor. With 500 in attendance this year, they raised funds for the anticipated new acute care hospital for the Windsor Essex region.

According to John Fairley, St. Clair College’s VP College Communications & Community Relations, and part of the Gala Organizing Committee: “This specially prepared gourmet five course menu has each course named to highlight three front line worker services which were honoured during the evening. Chiefs from some of those services, including Chief Bruce Krauter of Essex-Windsor EMS; Chief Stephen Laforet of Windsor Fire & Rescue Services and Chief Jason Bellaire of Windsor Police Services, joined College President Patti France as co-hosts.”

The first course on the menu included an Antipasto of Windsor Essex Grown and Crafted Items, Pearson Farms Wagyu Carpaccio, Marinated Summer Vegetables, Fresh Galati Cheese Mozzarella, Robbie’s Chorizo Sausage, Marinated Highline Mushrooms, Eatery 101 (the college’s teaching restaurant) Baguettes and Imported Prosciutto.

The Essex-Windsor EMS course was Taleggio and Romano Cheese Ravioli, Butter, Parmigiana Reggiano, Truffle Scented Porcini.

Windsor Fire & Rescue Services items include, Butter Poached Lobster, Sauce Cardinal, Mizuna and Arugula and Spicy Garlic Rouille.

Next up for the Windsor Police Service section of the evening, guests enjoyed Slow Roasted Wagyu Striploin, Chimichurri, Benedictine Blue Cheese Dauphine Potatoes and Baby Root Vegetables.

And for all those with a sweet tooth, the final course —The Siren — included Vanilla Bean Bavarian Cream, Strawberry Compote, Flourless Chocolate Cake and White Chocolate Crumble.

As for beverages, all five courses were paired with local wines.

In addition to all the gourmet food and wine offerings, this is an evening that celebrates the students from many of the programs of the college, but especially those in Culinary Management and Hospitality.

There was also a fashion walk through and members of the St. Clair S’aints with Jeff Burrows, graced the stage with plenty of melodies.

Congrats to all involved!

Photos by Rod Denis.

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A professional photographer for over 30 years, Rod Denis has shot everything from fashion models and commercial products to food and automobiles. Denis is a graduate of the photography program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and has worked in major centres such as Toronto, Halifax and Detroit. Since 1991 he has operated Rodney L. Denis Photography shooting commercial projects for corporate brochures, catalogues, calendars and the web. Rod has been taking photos for Biz X magazine since day one. Be sure to watch for him at area events and business functions.