A Turtle at iTECH

A turtle from the “Turtles on the Town” community arts project will temporarily be making its home in Immokalee at Immokalee Technical College (iTECH) in the iTown Café. The turtle, embellished by well-known Naples executive chef, Brian Roland, will be on display at Immokalee Technical College’s iTown Café, the school’s restaurant run by students enrolled in the Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts Program. “We are extremely excited that our culinary arts program’s restaurant was chosen by Turtles on the Town to display the turtle embellished by Chef Roland,” said Dorin Oxender, principal of Immokalee Technical College. “We hope that many people stop by to see this beautiful piece of art and stay to enjoy a meal prepared by our students at ITown Café.”

Under the direction of Chef Peter Sullivan, ITECH’s Culinary Arts Program instructor, students learn how to transform meats and fish into delectable entrees, prepare tasty soups and sauces, and bake pastries that will delight the most discerning sweet tooth.

In addition to getting hands-on experience in food preparation and presentation and restaurant management, the culinary arts students acquire the knowledge and skills to further their education and to obtain employment in the hospitality and tourism industry. Students earn SafeStaff and ServSafe certificates and have the opportunity to intern at the Seminole Casino Immokalee.

Chef Sullivan is delighted to have the turtle displayed in the student-run restaurant. Upon the turtle’s delivery, Chef Sullivan commented, “Since I have been working at Itech, I have seen great support for this community from within and throughout the county. This beautiful work of art designed by Chef Brian Roland is a perfect way for iTown Café and Immokalee to promote the arts. I am proud to be working here.”

The iTown Café is open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and serves lunch until 1:30 p.m.

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