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March 8, 2009 (El Cajon)--You don't have to be a starving student to enjoy feasts prepared by Grossmont College's Culinary Arts Department, which is hosting five-course dinners prepared by culinary students on Thursday evenings from now through mid-May. The public is invited on the campus for the dinners. Cost is $15 per person. Funds will help raise money for travel expenses for students to compete in state and national culinary competitions, as well as maintain kitchen equipment and purchase supplies.

The dinners will features appetizer (soup or salad), intermezzo (palate cleanse), entree, dessert and coffee service. Vegetarian meals also are available. Dinner service will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 19 and 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 and 14, at the college's Culinary Arts patio dining area near the Student Center. Dinners will not be served on April 9, which is the college's spring recess week.

Reservations can be made by phoning Michele Martens at (619) 644-7550 or 644-7549, or by e-mail at Space is limited and some dates may already be full. Free parking on dinner evenings is available in Lot #7. For more information about the dinners, visit Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. For driving directions and a campus map, visit

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