On April 29, Kendall College hosted Diamond Dreams: Celebrating 75 Years of Kendall College, a dining event benefiting the Kendall College Charitable Trust (KCCT), a not-for-profit organization that provides financial support to Kendall students in need. More than $50,000 was raised at the event for scholarships, which included a donation of $2,000 from the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs Foundation.
With Kendall hospitality students on hand to help with event proceedings, the evening started with a welcome reception and silent auction. An ice sculpture adorning the room was crafted by Kendall culinary students, and appetizers and cocktails were prepared by Kendall’s alumni chef instructors. The attendees then broke off into three different rooms for private dining experiences with special guest chefs. Desserts were prepared by Kendall baking and pastry students.
Guest chefs included Kendall alumni from notable Chicago restaurants, including Jose Garces of Mercat a la Planxa and winner of the Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef;” Christian Eckmann of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; Bill Kim of UrbanBelly; Timothy R. Cottini of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba; and Kristine F. Subido of Wave at the W Hotel Chicago. Ryan Pitts of RL Restaurant also participated. Culinary students at Kendall College had the opportunity to support the guest and alumni chefs in the kitchens.
The event brought together many leaders from Kendall College’s 75-year history including Thomas Kerr, former president; Raymond Geraldson and Penny Brown, former board chairs; Christian DeVos, former dean and trustee; Dr. Karen Gersten, provost and interim president; Dr. Lynn Eramo, former trustee; Ira E. Graham, past board member; David Kipley, current board member and Paula Singer, board chair and president of Laureate Higher Education Group, a division of Kendall’s parent company Laureate Education.