This past friday was Baker College’s Cheers and Chocolates event. A fundraiser benefiting Every Woman’s Place, a help center for women and children. For $40 you got into the event where there was a silent auction, raffles, appetizers, over 50 wines to try, a beer tasting room, and lots of truffles and mini desserts. The event not only helped raise money for Every Woman’s Place, it was also a venue to showcase the work of the students of Baker College’s culinary and pastry programs; and showcase they did! Being a culinary school graduate myself (Pastry from JWU), I don’t get blown away by desserts very easily, but I couldn’t get over how beautiful all of the desserts were at the event. In September of 2009, they will be opening The Culinary Institute of Michigan and it is going to give all US culinary schools a healthy dose of competition, based on what the students turned out for the event. I am really looking forward to seeing it grow in the coming years.