VIU culinary students host dining adventure

Students and their instructors at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island fundraise.

Vancouver Island University culinary student Juan Villota will be part of a Mediterranean-themed fundraising dinner Wednesday (Nov. 9).

Vancouver Island University culinary student Juan Villota will be part of a Mediterranean-themed fundraising dinner Wednesday (Nov. 9).

Students and their instructors at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island are looking to North Africa, the Middle East and neighbouring regions for the theme of a fall dining adventure at Vancouver Island University.

Students will prepare and serve dishes such as spicy beef stew and flat bread from Ethiopia, lamb tagine with preserved lemons from Morocco, ratatouille from southern France and a Mediterranean fish dish or stew with sea bass as the starting point.

“We’re really striving for authentic dishes,” said VIU culinary arts program director Craig Rogers.

Some specialties will be served on platters with others on small plates at the Mediterranean-themed dinner.

The culinary event takes place 6 p.m. Wednesday, (Nov. 9)  in the Royal Arbutus Room on the top floor of Bldg. 300 on the Nanaimo campus.

Cost is $56 per person or $168 for a table of four. Wine from France and Italy will be available to purchase by the bottle or glass.

Proceeds from the fundraising dinner go toward supporting student activities such as culinary competitions and field trips.

Some of the funds will also be used for improvements to the Discovery Room.

For reservations, please call 250-740-6289.