NOWFE supports Culinary Arts at Nunez with $35,000 donation

[L-R] Ewell Smith, NOWFE Executive Officer; Gail Varuso, NOWFE Board Member; Jamie P. Hall, NOWFE Executive Director; Jim Fein, NOWFE Board Member; Traci Beninate, NOWFE 2017 President; Frank Oliveri, NOWFE Board Member; Ruth Varisco, Nunez culinary arts program manager; Tod A. Smith, NOWFE Board Member; Thomas Warner, chancellor of Nunez Community College.

Funds Will Provide Complete Student Scholarships

The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) has selected Nunez Community College’s culinary arts program as the beneficiary of a $35,000 donation. Since its inception 25 years ago, NOWFE has made more than $1 million in donations to charitable causes to fight hunger and support the culinary industry.

The culinary arts program at Nunez Community College was selected by the NOWFE board as the organization’s beneficiary in 2016, and will again receive a donation in 2017. NOWFE board members and staff presented a check to Dr. Thomas Warner, chancellor, and Chef Ruth Varisco, culinary arts program manager, at Nunez’s campus in Chalmette on Monday, February 20.

“NOWFE’s support means the world to us at Nunez. It’s hard to explain what an impact these funds will have for our students. NOWFE is enabling culinary students at Nunez to attend college with complete scholarships, covering not only tuition, but also supplies like chef’s jackets and knife rolls. These scholarships will change lives,” said Varisco.

Tickets for NOWFE’s 2017 events which will be held May 25 – 28, 2017 are available now. More information can be found at:

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