Each fall, the WSU Alumni Association’s wildly popular Feast of the Arts dinner series brings together some of the very best aspects of WSU for a can’t-miss evening. These special dinners feature wines from a different Coug winery expertly paired with exquisite food courses by Executive Chef Jamie Callison of the Carson College of Business School of Hospitality Business Management and his talented students.
“I work with my students to craft a menu inspired by WSU-focused fare—like fresh vegetables from the WSU Organic Farm and Wagyu beef from the Premium Beef Program,” Chef Jamie explains. The Feast also incorporates the WSU Museum of Art, which hosts the reception prior to the dinner, and music from the WSU Marching Band, which leads the guests from the museum up to the dining room where the four-course dinner is served. The wineries are selected from among those featured by the WSUAA’s Wine-By-Cougars Wine Club.
“The Feast is one of my all-time favorite Alumni Association events,” says Tim Pavish, executive director of the WSUAA. “It brings so many different departments together to celebrate our University, our alumni, and our students. It all makes for a fun, memorable evening for alumni and friends of WSU to enjoy the best food, wine, art, and music around.”
Through The Feast, the WSUAA is also able to promote the achievements of WSU alumni in the wine industry and showcase the talent of current students while they put the skills they have learned in the classroom to work in a real-world setting.
The Feast takes place the Friday night before most Saturday home football games. The dinners are perennial sell-outs. This year’s lineup includes the Cougar-connected wineries of Doubleback (September 1), Cinder (September 8), Pepper Bridge and Amavi (September 15), EFESTĒ (September 22) Smasne (October 20), and Chateau Ste. Michelle (November 3).
Find out more and register at alumni.wsu.edu/feast.