Savannah and Fort Pierce Culinary Students Compete; Century Restaurant Celebrates Its Century-old Home

Nov 26, 2014

Competing tables from Culinard.

Culinard students in Savannah recently participated in their first public cooking challenge—with an audience of over 15,000 people.

The occasion was the fourth annual Savannah Food Day Festival, an event that is part of a nationwide movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Thousands of people packed Daffin Park on Sunday for the festival.

Read more about the event here.

New this year was an “Iron Chef”-style challenge involving Culinard students working in pairs. Each team had 45 minutes to create its best dish using secret ingredients such as pumpkin seeds, coconut milk, jalapeno and mint.

Culinard program director Amberley Rowe-Stewart reported that the students were excited and that the standing-room-only audience “didn’t faze them one bit!”

Food Network, here we come!

Recipients holding their honors from the pumpkin cookoff.

Culinard students from Fort Pierce took top honors at the recent Slow Food Gold and Treasure Coast Florida Pumpkin Recipe Cook Off.

Above, left to right: Alejandra Pizzano (first place, savory category: Pumpkin Chili Releno), Cherelle Gillmore (second place, dessert category: Pumpkin/Peach Cheesecake, and Jude Joseph (first place, dessert category: Pumpkin Crème Brulee).

Group shot from Century.

Left to right: Hotel manager Peter Hilyer with Sonja Lother, ECA Public Relations Manager, and Justin Spears, Century general manager.

Wide view of the catering spread by Century and Culinard Catering.

Another picture of the catering by Century, with a close up on the food.

Catering creations provided by Century/Culinard Catering

Allen Ellis head shot.

Allen Ellis, popular Century bartender.

Century Restaurant and Bar/Culinard Catering in Birmingham recently helped the Tutwiler Hotel celebrate its 100th Anniversary. Featured guests included Birmingham’s Mayor William Bell and Temple Tutwiler, a descendant of the original co-owner, Major Tutwiler.

The original hotel was a 13-story brick and limestone luxury hotel on the southeast corner of 5th Avenue North and 20th Street in downtown Birmingham. It moved to its current location in 1986.

Century Restaurant and Bar/Culinard Catering is affiliated with Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College and provides externship and employment opportunities to graduates.