Niagara’s Food and Wine Institute Presents Chef Signature Series


TORONTO — Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) is preparing to host the New Chef Signature Series from February to April.

The series will feature six events, each showcasing the unique talents and expertise of a different CFWI chef professor. The series kicks off today with Mark Picone. In March, the series will feature Olaf Mertens (March 6) and Osvaldo Avila (March 22). It will continue in April with Tony de Luca (April 4) and Avi Hollo (April 25); it will conclude May 9 with Michael Olson.

“It is important for the Canadian Food and Wine Institute to display the national-level culinary talent we have in both our professors and students, and what better way to do that than to have six of our professional culinary staff bring together a student team and showcase the best of their skills to the public,” said Jon Ogryzlo, dean, CFWI. “I expect to see exceptional dishes and fun nights as the chef professors educate us about their selections and unique taste profiles.”

Guests will be served a four-course meal of signature dishes prepared by the featured chef and assisted by a team of culinary students. Each course will be matched with VQA wines or Ontario craft beer, including selections crafted by students at the college’s Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

Benchmark, the College’s Teaching Restaurant, located at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, will serve as the site for each event. For details, email [email protected].

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