Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns and her girlfriend, Donna Gilbert, listen and laugh with students and faculty in the Culinary program who are putting the finishing touches on the gourmet meal prepared as part of the 29th annual Clayton Allan Wine Auction in November. The event, which includes a silent auction as well as an exciting live auction of fine wines, rare spirits and unique gifts, has raised more than $475,000 over the last three years – all of which will benefit Culinary students and their program.
Culinary students are involved at every level of the gala event. The menu is designed around the college’s third-year apprenticeship curriculum and focuses on high-end, classical ingredients and their application. Third-year apprentices create the ice carvings on display as part of their curriculum. Second-year diploma students and Culinary faculty members prep and execute the high-end, five-course black tie dinner. First-year diploma students help with setting up the event and plating the dessert course.