Taste the Future
Campus News | Thursday, August 1, 2019
Update: Taste the Future exceeds fundraising goal
Tuesday’s annual Taste the Future culinary showcase hosted more than 1,500 attendees. In addition, the fundraising goal of $250,000 was exceeded by $25,000. Proceeds benefit scholarships and other student success initiatives.
There were more than 50 food stations. Many of the participating establishments at the event featured graduates of the Columbus State Culinary Apprenticeship program, including Barcelona, Service Bar, Granville Inn, and Hubbard Grille.
New Mitchell Hall open for tours as part of Taste the Future August 13
Columbus State’s annual Taste the Future culinary showcase and fundraiser will provide the first public look at the new Mitchell Hall.
More than serving as the largest culinary event in Columbus, proceeds from Taste the Future support student success at Columbus State. Taste the Future has now grown to host more than 1,500 people and 50 food stations. Many of the participating establishments at the event feature graduates of the Columbus State Culinary Apprenticeship program, including Barcelona, Service Bar, Granville Inn, and Hubbard Grille.
Beginning in autumn semester, Mitchell Hall will be the home for faculty, staff, and students in the Culinary and Hospitality programs. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants pledged $2.5 million for the building. The hall will carry the Mitchell name to recognize the gift.
The $34.5 million project at 250 Cleveland Avenue will be funded by a $10 million philanthropic campaign, $10 million in state capital funding, and project financing secured by the College.
“The new Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts building will serve as a new front door to Columbus State and a development driver in the Discovery District’s ‘Creative Campus’ neighborhood,” said College President David Harrison.
In addition to more than doubling Hospitality and Culinary Arts enrollment capacity to more than 1,500 students, the new 80,000-square-foot, three-floor facility will include a professionally managed, student-staffed, 50-seat sit-down restaurant and bar and 20-person retail café and bakery, a 400-plus seat banquet-capacity conference center, and a teaching and innovation kitchen and a 100-seat culinary theater.
Self-guided tours will be available for anyone attending Taste the Future. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit www.tastethefuture.com. It will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 6-9 p.m. at Columbus State Community College, 550 East Spring Street, Columbus.