December 6, 2022

Fat Tuesday scholarship fundraiser

A gathering of NCC sponsors, students, faculty, committee and foundation members assembled at NCC’s Southside Center for “Fat Tuesday”.

“Fat Tuesday”, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, was hosted at the Family Fowler Center by NCC, alongside the new Zime Cafe, on Tuesday March 5.

As the guest walked in they were greeted by the music of a brass orchestra whose music was inspired by the theme of the event, New Orleans.

Mardi Gras beads were handed out adding to the atmosphere of the room, which was as equal to the brimming of conversations being had amongst the many invited guests to the event, delightful yet not overwhelming.

Slight desserts, including king cake and New Orleans Beignets, and refreshments, including coffee, tea, and virgin cocktails were served to the guest who awaited the announcement of the 10th annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival, which is being hosted at Sands Bethlehem, in partnership with Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, from May 31- June 2, 2019.

The Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival was originally founded to help raise money for scholarships aimed toward aiding NCC students and to helping expand the culinary department and their student experience.

President of NCC, Dr. Mark Erickson, was one of the speakers who addressed the audience members.

“Behind everything we do, whether its expanding the Fowler Center or holding more events, we do for the students. The students are the main reason we push forward in advancing to a brighter future,” Erickson said.

The Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival will also be Mardi Gras themed and will feature a live auction that goes to benefiting NCC student scholarship funds. Also attending the Food & Wine Festival will be celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse, whose restaurants filled the Sand’s Casino in Bethlehem.

The Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival sponsorships, so far, have raised $1.5 million in scholarships for NCC students. As for the “Fat Tuesday” event, it was an meet and greet opportunity to talk to the people behind this great event.

So go enjoy the Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival and have a culinary  and wine experience that comes only once a year. All proceeds go to helping raise money for NCC student scholarships.

For more information on the Food & Wine Festival go and visit

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