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Join the celebration on Sunday, April 15, at the Dallas Arboretum’s new food-and-sustainability-focused event space, A Tasteful Place.

​Contact: Ann Hatch

For immediate release — April 5, 2018

(DALLAS) — Palate-pleasing “Bits and Bites” will be served during a special 10th-anniversary culinary event presented by the El Centro College Food and Hospitality Institute on Sunday, April 15. Ten years marks this program of extraordinary dishes that will be served at the Dallas Arboretum’s new food-and-sustainability-focused event space, called A Tasteful Place, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online for $65 per person. Tickets also can be purchased by mail; make checks payable to the DCCCD Foundation and send to: El Centro College, Cindy Bozelli-Duke, Business and Public Services, 801 Main St., Dallas TX 75202.

“Bits and Bites” is an annual opportunity for food lovers to taste and enjoy culinary creations made by Dallas-area chefs who are El Centro alumni, along with current students in the college’s culinary program.

The event offers innovative, chef-curated food (in bite sizes), with wine pairings, that tickle the taste buds and give attendees the chance to support a culinary program that trains and educates the Dallas/Fort Worth-area’s food and hospitality workforce.

“Proceeds from the event contribute to a fund established to enhance and expand our Food and Hospitality Institute,” said Steve DeShazo, who directs El Centro’s FHI. “The event is a chance to showcase the accomplishments of our graduates, who are among the best chefs in the DFW area, and to give our students an opportunity to learn from them.”

A few of the presenting chefs include:

  • CBD Provisions, Chef Nick Walker
  • 3015 at Trinity Groves, Chef Sharon Van Meter
  • The Mozzarella Company, Paula Lambert
  • Empire Bakery, Chef Meaders Ozarow
  • Parigi, Chef Janice Provost
  • Grand Hyatt DFW, Chef Jean-Claude Plihon
  • Fairmont Hotel / The Pyramid Room, Chef Jared Harms
  • The Porch, Chef Adam West
  • La Duni, Chef Dunia Borgia
  • Café 43, Chef John Maas
  • 20 Feet Seafood Joint, Chef Marc Cassel
  • Whiskey Cake, Chef Hugh Stewart
  • Vestals Catering, Chef Jordan Swim
  • Chef Robert Clifford
  • The Rustic … and more!

During the event, the institute will honor Jessie Yearwood, El Centro food and hospitality service faculty member, and founding members of the “Bits and Bites” committee.
More than 150 accomplished chefs in the Dallas area received their formal training at El Centro's Food and Hospitality Institute, including: Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill; Nathan Tate of Boulevardier and Rapscallion; Dunia Borga of La Duni Restaurants; Marc Cassel of 20 Feet Seafood Joint; and Shari Carlson of Dessert Dreams.

For ticket information, contact Cindy Bozzelli-Duke at 214-860-2213 or email

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