Culinary Arts students host Big Pig Fundraiser and Spring Sale

SAVANNAH, GA – Savannah Culinary Institute student chefs are hosting a Big Pig Fundraiser feast to benefit the Chef Jean Vendeville Culinary Scholarship. The pre-order meal pack feeds six people and features a honey glazed smoked ham, three gourmet sides, three spreads, roasted potato bread, and a six-inch carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for $140.

The students are also taking pre-orders for a spring sale featuring milk and dark chocolate bunnies, petit fours, carrot cake and roasted potato bread at

Meals and spring sale orders will be available to pick-up from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, April 2 at the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College (5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, 31406). Visit to pre-order meals by March 25.

Big Pig Fundraiser Feast take out menu (feeds six):

  • Honey Glazed Pit Smoked Boneless Ham (3 lbs)
  • Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese (1 qt)
  • Roasted Vegetables: Heirloom Carrots, Brussels, Parsnips, Fingerling Potatoes infused with Fresh Herb Oil (1 qt)
  • Spring Pea, Asparagus and Pancetta Salad (1 qt)
  • Apricot Chutney (8 oz)
  • Roasted Garlic Aioli (8 oz)
  • House-made Mustard (8 oz)
  • Roasted Potato Bread (1.5 lb loaf)
  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing (6 in)

Savannah Culinary Institute classes will prepare the items as part of instruction for spring semester including International Cuisine (charcuterie, smoking), Front of the House (help assemble meals), European Cakes (carrot cake), Artisan Baking (roasted potato bread) Principles of Cooking (sides, sauces).

The Chef Jean Vendeville Culinary Scholarship has been funded by Dick and Judy Eckburg. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of Culinary Arts/Baking & Pastry Arts to be eligible with a 3.5GPA. Preference will be given to students receiving no other financial aid.

The Chef Jean Vendeville Scholarship was initiated (2017) and funded solely by Judy & Dick Eckburg in honor of the now retired STC Department Head Chef Jean Vendeville.

This scholarship is awarded to the highest GPA Culinary Arts/Baking & Pastry Arts student(s) with the most financial need enrolled in an associate degree program. The award has been $2,000 per student per year for two years for a total of $4,000 per student. Up to two students per year have received this scholarship. Funds are applied toward tuition, fees, books and required supplies. 

The amount of the contribution for the Big Pig Fundraiser feast, which is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess over the value of the goods or services provided by Savannah Technical College Foundation. The tax-deductible portion of the gift is estimated to be $100.

STC scholarship funds are managed by the Savannah Technical College Foundation, a 501 (c)3 organization whose sole purpose is to raise private funds to support the mission of Savannah Technical College. Gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

About Savannah Technical College’s Savannah Culinary Institute
The Savannah Culinary Institute, an American Culinary Federation-accredited culinary arts program, has been described as the “best in the U.S.A” by its ACF accreditation review board. According to the committee chair, Savannah Culinary Institute, offering ACF-accredited diploma and degree programs in culinary arts, has gone “well over and above the standards and expectations for a technical college teaching facility.” The committee recommended that the program receive the maximum accreditation time of seven years, when the average is three years. Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts associate degree graduates have a 100% placement rate in their field since 2015. The program has earned regional and national recognition with ACF-sponsored competitions. For more information visit:


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