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Chef Conant, UNH Students Host Fundraiser for Hungry Children

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1/16/2014 12:00 AM

Jan. 16, 2014

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VIDEO: Watch UNH's Christopher Gentile discuss the event and demonstrate chocolate-inspired meals

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- Scott Conant, one of New York’s most beloved and respected chefs, will speak and sign books at a dinner at the University of New Haven on Friday, Feb. 7.

The dinner, which will begin at 7 p.m., will be prepared and hosted by students in UNH’s Hospitality and Tourism program. It will raise funds for Connecticut No Kid Hungry campaign to benefit End Hunger Connecticut!, whose mission is to eliminate hunger in the state through legislative and administrative advocacy, outreach and public education. More than 16 million children in the U.S. — one in five – belong to families who struggle to put food on the table.

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The dinner will take place at the German Club on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.

The event, titled “Love Is ... A Full Plate,” will include dinner, a silent auction, showcasing gifts and treats for loved ones, and a talk by Conant. Participants will also receive a signed copy of Conant’s newest cookbook, “The Scarpetta Cookbook.” A book signing will take place at 6 p.m.

Scarpetta is an Italian expression that means “little shoe” — or the shape bread takes when used to soak up the leftovers in a dish. It is also the name of Conant’s restaurant chain that opened in New York and Miami to rave reviews in 2008.  He opened restaurants with the same name in Toronto at the Thompson Hotel, in Beverly Hills at Montage, and Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. Enoteca at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in 2010.

Conant grew up in an Italian-American household in Waterbury, Conn., and began taking cooking classes at age 11. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and studied pastry at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, after graduation. 

Conant is also a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped.” He is the author of two other cookbooks: “New Italian Cooking” and “Bold Italian.”

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The event was developed as part of a UNH fall 2013 class in nonprofit event management and will be cooked and served by graduating seniors in the hospitality management capstone course and the Jeffery’s Fusion Student Catering Team.  The event will feature appetizer tastings based on Conant’s recipes in  “ The Scarpetta Cookbook.”

The dinner also will feature a chocolate tasting reminiscent of the Valentine’s season and signature selections from Jeffery’s Fusion Restaurant. “Love is indeed a full plate,” said Juline Mills, professor and chair of the UNH Hospitality and Tourism program in the College of Business.

Tickets are $100 each (with $50 tax deductible) and are available for purchase from

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and a graduate business campus in Orange, Conn. and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide, and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.