SCCC fundraiser to honor late Chef Jackie Baldwin

I’ve previously written about the great things going on in Schenectady County Community College’s Culinary Arts program. You can support the program and score what looks to some outstanding cuisine by attending a fundraising gala honoring the late Chef Jackie Baldwin, an SCCC graduate, this Monday night  June 19, 2017 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m

It being the weekend I’m going to just quote the press release. But I hope you’ll read between the lines and see that among the many participants are chefs who rarely show up at charity events. They may be graduates of the program, or they may benefit from SCCC-trained staff who work in their kitchens. (Monday is “industry night” when a lot of restaurant folks are off, so you may see your favorite chefs tasting as well as serving.)

Honor Chef Baldwin, support SCCC, and have some good eats doing it. Tickets are available here. See you Monday night in Troy.

TROY, NY (5/31/17) — An inaugural gala fundraiser to establish a
scholarship in memory of one of the Capital Region’s premiere woman
chefs will be held this June. The evening will feature more than a dozen
exceptional Capital Region chef-sponsored food stations.

On March 18, 2016, the late Jackie Baldwin died shortly after being
diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in January. She was in her early 50s
and lived in Troy, where she had worked as executive chef of RPI for 14
years prior to her promotion in 2015 to area executive chef for Sodexo,
supervising food service at 32 college and university campuses in New
York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

A native-born Trojan and graduate of Troy Schools and Russell Sage
College, Jackie acquired a culinary degree from Schenectady County
Community College in 1983 becoming one of the few premier women chefs in
the Capital District. One of the highlights of her career included
hosting dinner at the James Beard Foundation in New York City in 2006
and 2007.

Friends say Baldwin dedicated her life to service, contribution, and
improvement and that her open heart, kindness and boundless energy was a
gift to all who knew her.

Local celebrity Chef Ric Orlando said Baldwin was “a testament to
professionalism and poise.”

Inaugural Fundraiser Jun 19, 2017 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

In her memory, the Chef Jackie Baldwin Memorial Scholarship is being
created at SCCC Culinary Arts Program. There will be an inaugural
fundraiser for the scholarship fund this Monday, June 19 at Franklin
Terrace Ballroom in Troy, N.Y. from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The evening will include more than a dozen exceptional Capital Region
chef-sponsored food stations, culinary student demonstrations, Jackie’s
favorite homemade pickles, cash bar, silent auction, music, memory table
of Jackie’s accolades, and a place to write your favorite memories of

Participating chefs and chef stations include:

Chef Michael Niccoli, CEA, CCA; Restaurant Navona
Chef Jamie Ortiz, Executive Chef; CEC; Mazzone Hospitality, Albany
Chef Robert Payne, CEC; Bears Steakhouse, Duanesburg
Chef David Campbell, CCC, CCE; SUNY Cobleskill
Chef Melissa Doney, CEC; Browns Brewing, Troy
ACF Capital District Central New York
Chef Chris Tanner, CEC; American Culinary Federation
Chef Larry Schepici, Jacks’ Oyster House, Albany & Chef Mark Graham,
Founder of Chef Mark Graham Cuisine
Chef’s Michael Cunningham, Rachel Bozzella and Ganna Fedorova, Provence,
Albany, Milano, Latham
Student Chef Table, Schenectady County Community College
Chef Darren Alvaro, RPI SODEXO
Chef Jude Jerome, UALBANY SODEXO
Chef Gillian Manna, Sage Colleges
Chef Yono Purnomo, Executive Chef; Yono’s, Albany
Chef Dale Miller, CMC, WGMC, AAC Consulting & Chef Jim Rhodes, Skidmore
Rocco DeFazio, DeFazio’s Pizza, Troy
The Shop, Troy


Tickets to the fundraiser are $60 for an individual, $100 for a couple.
Donations are also welcome.

For information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, visit:

This entry was posted in Events and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply