Brooklyn, NY — April 20, 2006 — Michael Ayoub, owner/operator of Fornino Restaurant, and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) President Russell K. Hotzler will host a brunch in honor of internationally renowned food consultant and educator Anna Nurse at New York City College of Technology/CUNY on Saturday, May 6, 2006. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Janet Lefler Dining Room, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary Street) in Downtown Brooklyn. Tickets are $150 per person, of which $135 is a tax-deductible contribution to establish the Anna Nurse Scholarship Endowment Fund. For reservations and more information, call 718-260-5025.
Top chefs contributing dishes to the event include Lidia Bastianich (Felidia), Mario Batali (Babbo, Lupa, Esca), Waldy Malouf (Beacon), Don Pintabona (Dani), Marcus Samuelsson (Aquavit), Vincent Scotto (Scopa), Robert Silvestri (Areo), Pat Vitiello (Queen) and many others. Francis Lorenzini, chair of the Department of Hospitality Management, faculty, students, staff, alumni and others will join in the salute.
Anna Amendolara Nurse started her cooking career inauspiciously enough in her own kitchen. She parlayed her cooking and hosting skills into a successful catering business, prompting her parish priest at the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Kensington section of Brooklyn to ask her to conduct cooking classes. She proceeded to make her mark teaching cooking at various metropolitan-area cooking schools and in her home. A continuous source of inspiration and information for many in the culinary world, Anna is affectionately known as “Mama.” Her association with City Tech goes back many years, and she continues to direct a workshop series there where prominent working chefs lecture and demonstrate cooking techniques. A member of the National Advisory Board of The James Beard Foundation, she is also an active member of the New York Association of Cooking Teachers.
Founded in 1947, the Hospitality Management program at New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York was the first in the metropolitan New York area to offer a degree in restaurant and hotel management. Program graduates are proficient in all areas of the diverse hospitality industry, from culinary arts and lodging management and marketing to travel and tourism. One of City Tech’s flagship baccalaureate programs, its graduates include celebrity chefs Michael Lomonaco, Michael Romano (Union Square Café), Sherry Yard (Spago Beverly Hills), Bill Yosses (Josephs-Citarella), Julian Niccolini (The Four Seasons) and the late Patrick Clark (Tavern on the Green) and Paul Kovi (The Four Seasons).