Arizona Culinary Institute to host Food Fest, fun-run Oct. 10

Scottsdale residents are invited to experience the industry-leading approach of the Arizona Culinary Institute at a Food Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Culinary instructors will be giving tours of the school from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and admissions and financial aid representatives will be on hand to answer questions from prospective students and their families, according to a press release.

This event represents a no-pressure way to get a taste of what it’s really like to be a chef at a school dedicated to traditional French cooking techniques, but also welcoming of Modernist Cuisine. Arizona Culinary Institute is located at 10585 N. 114th St. in Scottsdale.

Arizona Culinary Institute offers several start dates per academic calendar year, according to the release. The day program has eight starts a year (about every six weeks), while ACI’s evening program has four starts per year.

The next program start date for both day and night classes is Sept. 28. Day classes will begin again on Nov. 9.

“I invite you to join us here on campus on October 10 to experience first-hand our highly individualized program that truly prepares students for the industry,” stated Arizona Culinary Institute President and Co-founder, Chef Robert Wilson, in the release. “Our students are finished in a restaurant setting in our own du Jour Restaurant, and our placement rates are unrivaled.”

Arizona Culinary Institute also invites you to arrive early, lace up your best running shoes, and join ACI employees, students, alumni, friends and family of the late Chef Glenn Humphrey as they honor his legacy at the food festival with the first annual Glenn Humphrey Memorial 5K Fun Run-Walk also on the school’s campus.

Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. in the ACI Student Parking Lot and the race starts at 8 a.m. There is no cost to enter the event, but there is a minimum $20 donation (per participant) required, with all proceeds going toward the Glenn Humphrey Angel Fund, which provides scholarships for worthy culinarians.

Simple refreshment will be provided at check points during the event and at the finish line for all participants. Chef Christopher Wolf will also be offering a “Special Chef Chase” award.

Chef Wolf will start the run five minutes after everyone else (1 minute per kilometer) in order to give everyone a head start. Any runner who beats Chef Wolf to the finish line will then receive a voucher for a free meal for two (alcohol not included) in ACI’s du Jour Restaurant, according to the release.

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Guests at ACI’s Food Festival will also delight in succulent food samples, and experience a diversity of culinary offerings including a job fair, Po’ Boyz BBQ Food Truck, a Farmers’ Market featuring Blue Sky Organic Farms and a bake sale benefiting No Kid Hungry.

“At the heart of ACI is a commitment to the core values of traditional French cooking, combined with modern techniques,” stated Chef Wolf. “Restaurants are hiring and now it’s a perfect time to kick-start your career in this dynamic field.”

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