Maria’s Pizzeria Hosts Successful Fundraiser in Support of BCC Culinary Program

Four BCC Culinary Program graduates

Maria’s Pizzeria, a popular local establishment in Ocean Isle Beach, demonstrated its unwavering support for culinary arts by hosting a special fundraiser last week. The event showcased the talents of Brunswick Community College (BCC) Culinary Program graduates. It was met with resounding success, drawing a sold-out crowd eager to indulge in a five-course meal paired with fine wines.

Attendees of the fundraiser dined on delicacies prepared by Jose Velazquez, Head Chef at Maria’s Pizzeria; Karla Teran Jimenez, Chef at Maria’s; Kolby Carpenter, Head Pizza Chef at Maria’s; and Michael Stewart, Head Chef at Sorella’s Pizza & Pasta in Holden Beach.

“We are incredibly proud to support the next generation of culinary professionals through our partnership with Brunswick Community College,” said James Lane, owner of Maria’s Pizzeria.  “This fundraiser was a testament to the exceptional talent nurtured with the BCC Culinary Program.  We’re honored to have graduated like Jose, Karla, Kolby, and Michael on our team.”

Teresa Nelson, Executive Director of The Foundation of BCC expressed gratitude for Maria’s Pizzeria’s support, saying, “Events like these not only showcase the exceptional talent nurtured within our Culinary Program but also provide vital resources to empower future generations of culinary professionals. Maria’s Pizzeria has been a valued partner in our efforts to provide students with the education and opportunities they need to succeed.”

The overwhelming turnout and success of the fundraiser underscore the strong community support for culinary education and the commitment of local businesses like Maria’s Pizzeria to invest in the future of the culinary industry. The Foundation of BCC will distribute all event proceeds in support of future culinary students.

Located in the Douglas Terhune Center for Culinary Arts, the BCC Culinary Arts program prepares future working cooks and chef assistants in providing courses for students desiring personal enrichment and enhancing the skills and professional qualifications of chefs and cooks currently employed in the industry. The program provides an intensive professional and practical experience and a hands-on approach to the daily operation of a professional kitchen. Learn more and register for courses beginning this summer at brunswickcc.edu, [email protected], or (910) 755-7320.

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