The Evening in Paris dinner features traditional French cuisine prepared and served by Ivy Tech’s Hospitality Administration students, as well as a silent auction. The funds from the event—which totaled over $200,000 this year alone—allow students to travel to France and spend three weeks studying with local chefs. Even when the students are back stateside, they get to practice their cooking chops at Ivy Tech’s Courses Restaurant. French, Italian, Mexican, Turkish, Greek, Japanese, and Korean cuisines have all made it onto the menu in recent years.
But the Evening in Paris dinner is the raison d’être for the culinary arts program at Ivy Tech. Not only does the Paris trip provide unforgettable cooking and traveling experiences for deserving students, but the prizes and proceeds from the auction continue to grant opportunities throughout the year as well.
At the 2015 auction, Marianne Glick (part owner of the Gene B. Glick Company) and her husband Michael Woods (owner and CEO of m.s.Woods Real Estate) bid on and won a 50-person dinner for the occasion of their choice, to be prepared and served by Ivy Tech students. They decided to cash in on the prize for their 15th wedding anniversary. Their September 8th event was attended by family and friends, including local band The Knuckleheads. The couple enjoyed themselves so much at both dinners—and were so impressed by the quality of the food and the service—that they are planning to return to next year’s auction and make the same bid.
Even if you can’t get to Paris next April, you can enjoy the taste of France without ever leaving Indianapolis. The 2016 dinner will be held on April 30th.