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Out & About: French countryside inspires WCCC Chefs' Table

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 1:36 a.m.
From left: Tuesday Stanley, president, Westmoreland County Community College; Terry Menear, general manager and sommelier at Helen’s Restaurant, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, and inductee into the WCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Hall of Fame; and chef Cindy Komarinski, professor/program director, WCCC culinary arts and hospitality, gather for a photo at the Westmoreland Educational Foundation’s The Chefs’ Marketplace, held in Commissioners Hall at Westmoreland County Community College located near Youngwood on Sunday evening, November 4, 2018.
From left: Tuesday Stanley, president, Westmoreland County Community College; Terry Menear, general manager and sommelier at Helen’s Restaurant, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, and inductee into the WCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Hall of Fame; and chef Cindy Komarinski, professor/program director, WCCC culinary arts and hospitality, gather for a photo at the Westmoreland Educational Foundation’s The Chefs’ Marketplace, held in Commissioners Hall at Westmoreland County Community College located near Youngwood on Sunday evening, November 4, 2018.
From left, clockwise: WCCC culinary students Mary Antonacci and Joshua Gindlesperger and chefs Scott Schmucker and Rikk Panzera work in the kitchen preparing dishes for guests during the Westmoreland Educational Foundation’s The Chefs’ Marketplace, held in Commissioners Hall at Westmoreland County Community College located near Youngwood on Sunday evening, November 4, 2018.
From left, clockwise: WCCC culinary students Mary Antonacci and Joshua Gindlesperger and chefs Scott Schmucker and Rikk Panzera work in the kitchen preparing dishes for guests during the Westmoreland Educational Foundation’s The Chefs’ Marketplace, held in Commissioners Hall at Westmoreland County Community College located near Youngwood on Sunday evening, November 4, 2018.

The French countryside inspired the theme for the Westmoreland County Community College Educational Foundation’s 32nd annual Chefs’ Table fundraiser.

Held Nov. 4 on the Hempfield campus, the event included dinner, a student-created Chefs’ Marketplace of specialty foods and an induction into the school’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Hall of Fame.

With all that going on, it’s little wonder it was a sell-out.

Welcoming alumnus Terry Menear into the hall of fame were Culinary Arts/Hospitality Programs Director Cindy Komarinski , foundation President David W. McDonald , and college President Tuesday Stanley .

Since 2013, Menear has been general manager and sommelier at Helen’s Restaurant at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. His previous posts included stints with Crown America Hotels, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Ritz Carlton hotels in Las Vegas and Cleveland, Bellagio in Las Vegas and Savory Hill in Moon Township.

“As an outstanding alumnus, you give our students an exceptional example of what they can aspire to become,” Stanley said.

Over the years, the Chefs’ Table has raised nearly $1.5 million for student scholarships, she said.

Event sponsors this year included Linda Assard and Bill and Judy Scheeren .

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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