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Mixing Music + Wine with Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado

As one of only 149 Master Sommeliers in North America, Serafin Alvarado has turned his passion for wine into a remarkable career, including stints at the late Charlie Trotter’s namesake restaurant and his current position as Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits’ director of wine education. Recently, Alvarado brought his informal and informative teaching style to JWU’s Providence Campus as the College of Culinary Arts’ 4th Distinguished Visiting Master Sommelier.

Harvesting Hope: Gracie’s Chef Matt Varga on Growing RI’s Food Systems

This year’s Harvesting Hope fundraiser to benefit the Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) will feature a menu designed by Gracie’s executive chef Matt Varga '05 that will draw almost exclusively from local farmers, purveyors and brewers. The event, which takes place at the Squantum Association on Tuesday, October 3, highlights the SCLT’s work to strengthen, expand and better integrate a sustainable local food system here in Rhode Island.

Meet the Winners of the JWU Iron Chef + Great Bake Off Competitions

The heat was on for 7 Johnson & Wales University students who competed in the inaugural Great Bake Off and second annual Iron Chef competitions, sponsored by Compass Group and Hampton Creek and held on April 26. The universitywide event brought student competitors from all 4 campuses to compete at JWU Denver’s College of Culinary Arts and was broadcast live on Facebook.

Advice from James Beard Award-winning Restaurateur Barbara Lynch

James Beard Award-winning Boston restaurateur Barbara Lynch will be at JWU’s Providence Campus on April 18 for a very special Q&A followed by a book signing of her new memoir, “Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire” (Simon & Schuster). She will also be at the Denver Campus on May 13.

Coffee Talk with Coffee Analyst Spencer Turer '91

In 1994, Spencer Turer '91 received a job offer that would change the course of his career — as a general manager and barista at a brand-new Dean & DeLuca location in Philadelphia, Pa.