Broadway Grand Rapids partnership boosts opportunities for Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students

April 29, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. You’re likely to leave a performance of Broadway Grand Rapids’ production of “Waitress” craving some pie, and Grand Rapids Community College can help you feed that need!

Broadway Grand Rapids presents “Waitress” from April 30 to May 5. Pies play a leading role in the musical about a waitress who bakes her way through heartbreak to happiness.

Faculty from GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and staff from the GRCC Foundation will sell “pie in a jar” before and after each show and during intermission. Proceeds from every $10 jar sold will benefit scholarships for GRCC culinary students.

The best part? You can take your pie treat home to enjoy -- or you can eat it during the performance! Two flavors are available: Apple Crumble and Chocolate Salted Caramel.

“We’re proud of our community partnerships, which create more opportunities for West Michigan students,” said Kathryn K. Mullins, vice president for College Advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation. “Secchia Institute students are the stars of the culinary world, working in top restaurants here in Grand Rapids and around the world. Broadway Grand Rapids’ support will allow us to help even more students gain the skills they need for these rewarding careers.”

Broadway Grand Rapids conducted a pie-making competition, with contestants sharing their recipes -- and the stories behind them. GRCC President Bill Pink served as a judge, along with Broadway Grand Rapids Executive Director Mike Lloyd.

“We are excited to use the attention of a top national Broadway show coming to town as a chance to also shine a spotlight on a wonderful community asset: the GRCC culinary school,” Lloyd said. “Buy a pie jar at the show and you are guaranteed a very sweet outcome!”

About Broadway Grand Rapids:

Broadway Grand Rapids was established in 1988 with a mission to bring in the very best of national touring Broadway productions to West Michigan. Broadway Grand Rapids and Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts in 2009 created a partnership that was dramatic - literally and figuratively. This pairing created an enhanced opportunity to secure top-notch shows for our DeVos Performance Hall venue. Each season brings legendary stories and memorable music to the stage helping to bring the power and magic of theater to our community.

About GRCC:

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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