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Governor Raimondo, State Officials Enjoy Farm-Fresh Lunch at JWU

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Lt. Governor Daniel McKee, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joined JWU Chancellor John Bowen and Providence Campus President Mim Runey for a “Chefs Tables” lunch at JWU’s Harborside Campus.

You won’t usually find Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo taking time out of her busy schedule to stop and eat lunch.

But she recently made an exception when she and the state’s general officers — Lt. Governor Daniel McKee, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea — sat down to a lavish 3-course feast prepared by Chef Thomas J. Delle Donne and the students of his Conscious Cuisine class. They were joined by JWU Chancellor John Bowen and Providence Campus President and COO Mim Runey.

While the menu highlighted local produce, meats and seafood, the lunch was also an opportunity for the state officials to learn about the university’s expanding opportunities in health sciences, law, engineering and design, and wellness and sustainability.

“Rhode Island is a food destination and we intend to keep it that way,” Governor Raimondo told the Providence Journal after the luncheon. “The best thing would be for these chefs to graduate and work in Rhode Island.”

The day’s honored guests sent out a flurry of Tweets during their visit, which we’ve gathered in one place. Enjoy!

 Governor Raimondo shaking hands with a JWU Providence culinary student after Tuesday’s luncheon. | Photo: Peter Goldberg

RI Governor Gina Raimondo shaking hands with a culinary student at JWU Providence. | Photo: Peter Goldberg
Topics: Sustainability Culinary Arts Providence Health & Wellness