State's First Lady Delighted by Culinard High Tea Service

Nov 1, 2010

(L tor R) Mary Jo Gunter, Chef Osborne, Patsy Riley, Edie Hand, Lisa Bacon (Campus President of Virginia College in Birmingham), and Governor Bob Riley.

The Alabama Governor's Mansion in Montgomery was the scene of a traditional British high tea recently, prepared and served by students and faculty of Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Birmingham.

The event served as the launch of author Edie Hand's new book, "Woman of Grit," and was hosted by the governor's wife, Patsy Riley. Ms. Hand had previously been the guest speaker at the Birmingham campus's graduation ceremony.

"Besides providing a valuable learning experience, it also provided many treasured memories for the faculty and students," said Chef Anthony Osborne, Dean of Culinard. The cooking school contingent was able to meet the governor and tour the ornate rooms of the governor's mansion.

The college received glowing reviews on the taste and presentation of the food, according to Lucile G. Waller, Governor's Mansion Administrator.

"Miss Patsy was so pleased and excited. You all did a fabulous job! The food was delicious. I am so glad I got to see the sugar pieces--they are beautiful. We can't thank you enough for all you do for us. It is greatly appreciated!"

VIPs at the tea included (L to R) co-author Tina Savas, Patsy Riley and author Edie Hand. They are surrounded by Chef Antony Osborne and Culinard students and personnel.