April means it’s time for the annual Fran Folsom Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund Dinner, but the customary venue, Nosh, is closed. So this year, the dinner will take place at Julie Penrose Hall in the St. Paul Parish Center (9 El Pomar Road, stpaulcos.org
). The dinner, named for the former Colorado Springs Sun food and wine writer, funds a scholarship that covers the final year’s tuition for students in Pikes Peak Community College’s prestigious Culinary Arts program. Last year, they brought in just under $20,000, which went to students Amber Dunbar, Karen Maus, Kari Rosenbaum, Laura Strickland and Stephanie Rigsby. And per usual, the dinner will be designed, executed and presented by PPCC culinary arts students.
“For several months, PPCC culinary students have worked closely with faculty and community mentors — Chef Brent Beavers of Aspen Pointe Café and Chef Mario Vasquez of Colorado Craft — to guide them through the ongoing process of understanding critique at tastings, refining processes and, ultimately, creating the evening’s feast,” says Karen Kovaly of PPCC’s coordinator of communications in a press release. The dinner will also include wine pairings, provided by Sovereignty Wines.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 14. Tickets start at $150 and are available at ppcc.edu/franfolsom
. The event typically sells out in advance.