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Cooking up culinary interest in the community

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jul 27, 2022

Being involved in the Lake County community is a big part of what College of Lake County (CLC) aims to do. The college’s hospitality and culinary management program is out serving food and promoting the program at local events this summer.

CLC student serving food to a customerGrab some buttered corn and a freshly grilled chicken sandwich at Grayslake Summer Days Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20, in downtown Grayslake.

The program also took part in Vernon Hills Days in July. Along with providing the community with delicious food, faculty, students and alumni talked about the program with interested community members.

This was the first year the hospitality and culinary management program participated in events like this.

Alum cooking food

“We were encouraged by college leadership to become more involved in the community, and we were able to successfully get into two events this year,” said Instructor Chef William Vena. “After our success, we hope to continue doing this every year.”

Both alumni and current students came to Vernon Hills to support the program. The guest chefs graduated from the program and have knowledge of the entire process to inform community members. While cooking with current students, chefs are also able to share their experience and act as mentors.

Bill Moylan, a 2020 graduate, said, “Coming out to this type of event is a good opportunity to help current and future students. I get to share how great the program is while sharing my experience with current students.”

Angel Torres, a current student, said, “I learned a lot from the alumni. Throughout the process, they taught me a lot of tips and tricks. We had a strong connection having had the same teachers.”

To learn more about the hospitality and culinary management program, visit

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.