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June 22, 2013

NAB Fundraiser


(Painesville, Ohio) - The National Alumni Board (NAB) of Lake Erie College is pleased to announce their summer fundraiser, AMidsummer Night's Feast, on Saturday, June 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 the Arthur S. Holden Center.

Guests will sample generous tapas prepared by three Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chefs and listen to live music by well-known jazz pianist and Steinway artist Joe Augustine. A fabulous silent auction and tastings from local wineries and the new Cleveland Whiskey will complete the evening.

"We're very excited to offer this unique event," said NAB President Janeane Cappara. "The concept of regionally and locally sourced food and produce is very popular right now, and the fundraiser supports a great cause - the NAB works in support of LEC students and alumni."

The following guest chefs will be showcasing their food items:

Nick Drobotij - After graduating from Miami University of Ohio, Drobotij attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). During that time, he interned at the Palace Café in New Orleans, part of the Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group. In 2005, Drobotij returned to Ohio to work for the Hudson Country Club. He joined Metz Culinary Management as chef for Lake Erie College in 2009 and is now chef at Andrews Osborne Academy in Willoughby.

Justin McArthur - Originally from Chardon, McArthur has extensive experience with different style venues, including Baricelli Inn in Cleveland and as a private caterer. He has been the chef manager at Lake Erie College since June 2012.

Mickey Venditti - Born in Ohio, Venditti worked locally before attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. He participated in a six-month externship at the Dickie Brennan's Palace Café and returned to New Orleans and the Palace Café after graduation, where he worked for six years. He returned to Ohio three months before Hurricane Katrina. His experience includes work as a personal chef and at The Wooster Inn at the College of Wooster. He has been Executive Chef / General Manager at DDR Corporation in Beachwood since 2009.

The following will also be featured at the event:

Joe Augustine - Currently an Artist-in-Residence at LEC, national recording artist Joe Augustine draws on his own experience as pianist, composer and arranger to create just the right blend of melody, harmony and rhythm. During his career, Augustine has received numerous honors, including selection to the roster of Steinway artists in 1995 - a life-long honor. He has appeared in a variety of musical settings from jazz clubs to symphony halls and has released 13 CDs on labels including 1201 Music, Revere Records, and Moulin d'Or. Classical training with Dolores Fitzer and extensive jazz and compositional training with Gene Rush, coupled with study in New York with masters in the jazz field, distinguishes Augustine's work from other musicians.

Cleveland Whiskey - Unveiled in March 2013, Cleveland Whiskey is one of 14 small micro distillers in Ohio. The company's unique brand of aged bourbon is actually produced in Cleveland using a revolutionary new process.

The event is open to the public. Admission to A Midsummer Night's Feast is by advance ticket purchase only. Tickets are $50 per person, and all event proceeds support the National Alumni Board's work on behalf of LEC students and alumni.

Persons wishing to attend the event may purchase tickets in one of the following ways:

By check - please make checks payable to Lake Erie College, write Midsummer Night's Feast in the memo line and mail to LEC Alumni Office, 391 West Washington Street, Painesville, Ohio 44077.

By credit card - contact the Alumni Office at 440-375-7040, Monday through Friday, during regular business hours.

For further information on A Midsummer Night's Feast, contact the Alumni Office at 440-375-7040.


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