Fundraising begins for $10 million culinary center in Kennewick

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Baking lessons, a cooking curriculum, farm-to-table meals, menu planning.

The ideas and enthusiasm cooked up for Columbia Basin College’s new culinary school continue to percolate as officials try to find $10 million to build the institute in Kennewick.

“Students are excited about the opportunity. Since the first news story came out, students have wondered when they can sign up. Well, we have to have the building first,” said Richard Cummins, president of the Pasco college.

The two-story, 20,000-square-foot culinary school will include a restaurant, event center and bakery storefront.

The project is a joint venture of the Port of Kennewick, city of Kennewick and CBC, and the group has a timeline of four years to secure money for it.

“The port, city and college have about a million dollars invested in the idea,” Cummins said. “Now we’ll go out and fund raise. We’ll explore state sources, local, private, corporate sources. We’ll be banging on a lot of doors in the coming years.”

The three partners also will begin meeting every few weeks on the ambitious fundraising goal.

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Jessica Hoefer

Jessica Hoefer

Jessica Hoefer is a freelance writer based in Prosser and a contributor to numerous print and online publications. When she’s not working on a news story, she can be found on the soccer field, at her local library or holed up in her office working on her next Young Adult novel.

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