MARQUETTE - An eight-course gourmet dinner prepared and presented around the theme "Garden of Eden: A Temptation of Food" will be served at Northern Michigan University on Friday, April 12. This annual scholarship endowment event supports the NMU hospitality management and culinary arts program. It begins at 6 p.m. in the Jacobetti Center.

"The purpose of this eight-course meal is to provide our guests with an array of tantalizing and tempting food, surrounded by a splendid garden inhabited by an assortment of angelic and devilish characters," said Kevin Thomsen, student director of sales and marketing.

The menu will include an artful array of appetizers; zesty gazpacho served with roasted red pepper hummus on crostini; sinful sea bass with pineapple/mango salsa; pineapple sorbet; luscious lamb chops a la menthe; an organic "Garden of Eden" salad with a champagne vinaigrette; "Pandora's Box," a tempting chocolate dessert; a flight of assorted cheeses; and, naturally, the forbidden fruit. The evening's meal will also be accompanied by a selection of fine wines.

NMU banquets and catering students will oversee the dinner. Proceeds will continue to fund the American Culinary Federation Upper Michigan Chapter David Sonderschafer Scholarship for culinary and hospitality management students. This academic year, three students were each awarded a $500 scholarship.

"This year's main event will easily rival all others in the past," added Thomsen. "Our experienced culinary team and dining room staff is planning on making this a splendid and memorable evening."

Tickets are $75.00 per person. Special meal requirements can be accommodated if the staff is informed at the time of the reservation. To purchase a ticket or make a donation to the scholarship fund, please contact Nancy Arcand at 227-2364.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director