On Wednesday night hundreds of hungry foodies gathered at the 808 Gallery on Comm Ave. for the “Big Event,” the 20th anniversary celebration of the Boston University Culinary Arts program. Founded in the spring of 1989 by Julia Child and her friends Jacques Pépin and Rebecca Alssid, the program has grown to offer a certificate in Culinary Arts and degree courses in wine and gastronomy.
Food was center stage. And food there was, with more than 60 vendors sampling small plates and pours. Restaurants from L’Espalier and No. 9 Park to Legal Sea Foods and Dunkin Donuts presented sample dishes and finger foods. Local wine shops, importers and breweries poured tastings of wine and beer, and bartenders from Eastern Standard even offered their “Evergreen,” a rosemary scented cocktail.
Guest Cindy Conroy, a 1996 graduate of the Culinary Arts program, told me about what it was like to be a student in the program. It was a thrill, Conroy said, to learn from legendary teachers like Julia and Jacques. What’s she doing now, more than ten years later? “Real estate.”
Did you go to the event Wednesday night? Have you attended a course or earned a degree from the BU food and wine program? Share your experience below.