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Soul Food Sessions Celebrate Culinary Diversity + Heritage in the Queen City

As Gabby James '20 was plating up a dish during during the June 19 edition of Soul Food Sessions, Charlotte’s African-American chef series, she wished her grandmother could have been there: To her, the event was “like another stepping stone for us. That was our freedom for us to show our true talents in cooking and in leadership and it shows we’re stronger together than we are apart.”

Kitchen Lessons with Chef Tom Condron '88

At JWU’s College of Culinary Arts, working with a chef classically trained in French cuisine is called “Tuesday.” The chef in question? Tom Condron '88 recently returned to campus to craft a lavish feast for the Epicurean Scholarship Society, a membership-based group that supports culinary scholarships at the university. Several times a year, the Society brings distinguished chefs — many of them alumni — to campus to host unforgettable culinary events that double as fundraisers.