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Three graduates of the Culinary program from Sullivan University’s Lexington campus will participate in AZUR Restaurant & Patio’s First Women Chef’s Dinner Series on Thursday, March 13 at 6pm.

The six-course tasting menu will be prepared by women chefs from the Lexington area and will focus on super foods and their positive effects on health. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. “We wanted an opportunity to highlight the talent of some of the great women chefs in our city,” said event organizer Shannon Collins, the day chef at AZUR and Sullivan University graduate. “We hope the dinner will bring awareness to the growing number of women in our industry, while allowing us to prepare a creative, healthy menu and raise money for a good cause.”

The Sullivan graduates participating in the event include: Shannon Collins, day chef at AZUR Restaurant & Patio; Amy Harris, sous chef at Jonathon’s at Gratz Park; and Vanessa Willhite, chef and manager at Gigi’s Cupcakes. They will join three other local female chefs, including: Ouita Michel, owner and chef at Holly Hill Inn, Wallace Station, Windy Corner, Midway School Bakery, and Smithtown Seafood; Ranada West-Riley, owner and chef of The Lexington Diner – Locally Proud; and Toa Green, owner and chef at Thai Orchid Café.

The dinner will be held at AZUR Restaurant and Patio at 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Lexington. Tickets are $85 and will be available at AZUR. The menu and additional details will be released closer to the date of the event. Contact Shannon Collins at 859.797.8461 or for more information.

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