Fundraiser for City College's Strapped Culinary Program at Il Cane Rosso August 25th

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Lauren Kiino (left) at Il Cane Rosso; photo from Facebook.

As most of us have heard, public education has been hit particularly hard by the recession, and dwindling public funds have caused cuts to many of our public universities’ finest programs. City College’s highly respected Culinary Arts and Hospitality program has been no exception, and some of the city’s chefs have decided to take action. Jeff Hanak of Nopa and Nopalito posted an open letter on his blog encouraging donations, and now Lauren Kiino of Il Cane Rosso and Barbara Haimes of City College have teamed up.

On Saturday August 25th, ~IL CANE ROSSO~ will be hosting a benefit dinner, with all proceeds going to the program. The event will open with a cocktail hour and appetizers, followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairings. The full menu can be checked out here. The cooking will be done by current City College culinary arts students alongside Il Cane Rosso’s owner and chef, Lauren Kiino. It will kick off at 7pm and only costs $50, including food and wine but not tax and tip. The reasonable price will leave you with plenty of dough left over for buying $5 raffle tickets and donating to the program. Reservations to the event can be made by email.