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2/22/2015 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Cultural Cuisine 2015

Join us Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 for endless cultural hors d'oeuvres prepared by our Culinary Arts students. 

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3/3/2015 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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3/3 Easy Start Session

Tuesday, March 3, 5 p.m., Appleton. Learn about Fast Forward grant programs, then complete all your admissions requirements in one visit.

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3/7/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Discovery Day

Want to visit us in person? Attend Discovery Day to experience campus life at FVTC.

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3/11/2015 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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3/14/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Cooking Demo: Meatless Moments

Saturday, March 14 | Don’t let meatless fool you! Many are surprised when they have an opportunity to see and taste how great these foods can be.

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3/20/2015 - 3/21/2015
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Sewing & Quilting Expo

14th annual Sewing & Quilting Expo, Friday & Saturday, March 20 & 21, Oshkosh Riverside Campus

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3/23/2015 - 3/27/2015
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3/28/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Garden Talk

Learn gardening tips from the experts! Saturday, March 28

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Culinary & Hospitality

Focus on the Foundation

Focus on the Foundation

Spring 2008

Mar 20, 2008

Recipe for Success

The support of former FVTC employee Ione Berg helped initiate big changes to the college's Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management programs.

It was the perfect job for Ione Berg. Raising seven children, she spent much of her time in the kitchen—planning menus, preparing meals, and feeding her growing family. It was only natural then when she decided to look for a part-time job in 1988, she would find what she wanted in the kitchen at FVTC.

“I started as a dishwasher and did all kinds of things, including serving, cooking, running the deli, and putting together setups for meetings,” Berg says. “I was a multitasker. We worked hard, but we had fun.”
 

In 2002, 14 years after taking that job, Berg sold some property near the College and decided to retire. “When I sold it, it didn’t make sense to work anymore,” she says. “When the College needed help redoing the dining room, I said I’d be interested in helping.”

She wasn’t kidding. Berg committed to donating $50,000 toward the project ($10,000 a year for five years), and the College raised another $60,000 to establish a student-run restaurant called, not surprisingly, Ione’s Dining Room. Ione’s gift was in addition to four annual Ione Berg scholarships for Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management students.

“The gift laid the cornerstone of private funding for the dining room remodeling project,” says Chef Jeff Igel, FVTC’s department chair of Culinary, Hotel and Restaurant Management. “Given that we are a public institution, it was difficult to secure the type of funding we needed to do the dining room the way we wanted. We embarked on a private fundraising campaign that netted us in excess of $110,000 to take our project to the next level. Restaurant Operations, the course that is housed in Ione’s Dining Room, is the capstone course of the College’s Culinary Arts program. Students are expected to bring all their skills together there, including all the cooking components, as well as management and leadership.”

“Ione’s gift provided immeasurable support to the FVTC Foundation and our partnership with the College,” says Deb Woodworth, FVTC’s development manager. “The gift started the restaurant upgrade project without impacting the College budget. Ione is very proud of her affiliation with FVTC and enjoys giving back to the institution that provided benefits and income to her family.” 

Thanks to Ione Berg’s gift, those students, as well as staff, faculty, and members of the community have the opportunity to enjoy delightful meals in the new dining room. Ione’s features an appealing and ever-changing menu, from casual brunches to classical tableside French cuisine. “I’m spoiled eating there,” Berg says. “I’m German and I love the German food.”

Invest in Someone’s Future

When you contribute to the FVTC Foundation, you invest in tomorrow’s workforce. Ways to give include:
  • Gifts of cash, stocks, annuities
  • Gifts to support programs or departments
  • Event sponsorship
  • Planned giving

Your gift can support scholarships, student projects, or the purchase of cutting-edge equipment or supplies. Consider a gift today!

The FVTC Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization and charitable donations are fully tax deductible.