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Dining in the dark: Local chefs’ mystery dinner helps local students

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:02 pm

The 22nd annual Mystery Chef Dinner at Mesa’s East Valley Institute of Technology will feature gourmet food in a fundraiser for future chefs. The dinner is March 6.

Proceeds from the dinner, to be prepared by 12 chefs from restaurants around the Valley, will go to a scholarship fund for EVIT’s Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking students. This year’s theme is “Food Trucks,” and the chefs will incorporate that theme into the three- to four-course meals that they prepare for about 250 guests.

Tickets are $65 per person if pre-paid or $75 per person paid at the door. Seating is limited, so call the culinary department at (480) 461-4139 to reserve yours today.

The dinner is called a “mystery” because guests won’t know ahead of time which chef will be preparing their food or what the food will be. Many of the chefs are former EVIT students who donate their time to make the fundraiser a success, says culinary instructor Tricia Guerrero.

“The reason our students have been so successful is the relationships we have built with chefs in the industry,” Guerrero says.

EVIT’s culinary program has a 91 percent success rate in placing students in jobs, college or the military, and holds the highest pass rate on the Arizona culinary assessment. EVIT’s culinary students have won approximately $2 million in college scholarships over the past 16 years.

For more information, visit Evit.com/culinary or text evitchef to 90210.

EVIT is a public career and technical school serving high school students and adults who live in 10 school districts — Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Tempe, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs.


If you go

What: The 22nd annual Mystery Chef Dinner

When: 6 p.m. March 6

Where: EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa

Cost: Tickets are $65 per person if pre-paid or $75 per person paid at the door; seating is limited.

Information: (480) 461-4139 for tickets or Evit.com/culinary

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