Friday, October 12, 2007

My fellow Tattlers,

I know this post doesn't have much to do with the North Hills -- but it is for a good cause.

Below is a fundraiser that will help a culinary student affected by Hurricane Katrina. It's being offered by Chef Paul Prudhomme (you know, the Cajun cook who has a striking resemblance to Dom DeLuise) and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (one of my Alma Maters).

Chef Paul Prudhomme and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh announced plans for the Chef Paul Prudhomme Culinary Scholarship, a full-tuition opportunity offered to help re-start the culinary career of a New Orleans resident affected by Hurricane Katrina. The scholarship includes the applicant’s choice of an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts or a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management.

In addition to the academic scholarship, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has waived housing expenses bringing the value of the opportunity to $102,960, the largest single scholarship offered in the college’s 86-year history. Chef Paul’s staff at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen and Magic Seasonings will assist The Art Institute in making people aware of the scholarship and will assist the college in identifying candidates willing to go through the application process.

The intention of the scholarship is to honor Chef Paul’s commitment to New Orleans by awarding the scholarship to one of his current or former employees who would plan to return to New Orleans after earning his or her degree to contribute to the region and inspire others.

Chef Paul will join Art Institute administration to announce details about the scholarship at an upcoming fundraising dinner on Friday, October 19 hosted by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Two varieties of tickets are available for the October 19 event. Tickets for “An Evening with Chef Paul” are $150 and include a cocktail reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and the five-course exclusive dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for “The Cocktail Affair” are available for a $40 donation.

If you can still get tickets for this event, it sounds like it will be a memorable evening and goes to a good cause. Hey, you could probably even write this off on the taxes. For details, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/pittsburgh.

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