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  • Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette Ivy Tech culinary students Dallas Yurtman, left, and Jasmine Klinker serve seared tuna Saturday at a fundraiser at Parkview's Mirro Center.

  • Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech at Fort Wayne and Warsaw, told guests at the college's annual fundraiser that students who study at Ivy Tech here stay in Fort Wayne. The fundraiser held Saturday at Parkview's Mirro Center served French-inspired cuisine.

  • Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette Mark Hagerman (right) of Hagerman Construction, Mary Kay Hagerman (center) and Ben Stuby, Hagerman senior project manager, enjoyed French inspired dishes at Ivy Tech's gala at Parkview's Mirro Center Saturday.

  • Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne artist Theoplis Smith paints "a woman at the Eiffel Tower," later auctioned at Ivy Tech of Fort Wayne's annual gala Saturday, held at Parkview's Mirro Center.

  • Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette Carl Dalrymple, left, and Sandra Brickley, talk about their culinary trip to France on Saturday after serving duck croquettes to diners at Ivy Tech at Fort Wayne's French-inspired gala.

Sunday, November 03, 2019 1:00 am

Ivy Tech fundraiser gives diners taste of France

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Parkview's Mirro Center was transformed into the Rue de Paris on Saturday as Ivy Tech Community College's 50 years in Fort Wayne were celebrated.

Ivy Tech culinary students, who normally create themed dinners for the annual gala “A Reason to Taste,” chose dishes inspired by French cuisine after some of them visited four cities there this summer. 

Culinary student Carl Dalrymple found Lyons the most enticing, not just because of the Paul Bocuse cooking school, but also because of the little passageways through old Lyons which allowed residents “a fast escape to the river.” 

Other cities visited included Paris and Joigny, and Beaune in the Burgundy region. 

Sandra Brickley, serving up a duck croquette along with help from Dalrymple, said she loved Paris “because I'd always wanted to go there.” 

Ivy Tech Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier said the college hoped to raise about $100,000 for scholarships that would include the summer culinary trips. 

As strolling musicians playing the accordion, diners visited “street vendors” for the duck, a sous vide beef and seared tuna and stopped by to watch local artist Theoplis Smith paint “A Woman at the Eiffel Tower,” which would be on auction later that evening.

Music and decorations evoked a Paris even earlier than 1969, when Ivy Tech came to Fort Wayne. The local campus is part of a statewide network of Ivy Tech campuses offering two-year degrees and certifications. 

Mark Hagerman of Hagerman Construction, who serves on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board, recalled Saturday when the local Ivy Tech started offering vocational training in the 1970s with bricklaying and carpentry. Construction trades are still taught there.

Serving on the statewide foundation has been a great experience, he said. 

“It's been a great opportunity to meet people across the state,” Hagerman said.