On Saturday, June 15, The St. Mary’s College Past Students’ Union will host the 20th edition of Dining With The Saints, an event that has evolved to what many regard as the best of its type in this country. The event features over one hundred chefs, most of whom are past students of St. Mary’s College. These guys come together every year to show off their culinary skills and claim bragging rights as they set out to raise funds for their alma mater.
Dining With The Saints has become popular because of the excellent standard of its various segments. Quite naturally, the quality of the Dishes served up by the chefs is a major attraction as is the wide range of the offerings. Once again, a number of high-profile chefs will be included in the line-up so that one can expect to be served by captains of industry, doctors, lawyers, pannists, etc., etc. The politicos will be there as usual, but on that night they will set aside whatever political differences they may have and instead have a friendly ‘debate ‘ centered around whose Dish is the best. Patrons can expect to’ taste the hand’ of Colm Imbert, Vasant Bharath, Terrence Deyalsingh, Mariano Browne, Stuart Young, Pointe-a-Pierre MP David Lee, Maxie Cuffie and Gerry Hadeed. One can expect to see the Commissioner serving his Dish at his alma mater but, but he will be dressed in ‘mufti’. Not to be forgotten is Faris Al-Rawi.
A strong cast of artistes has been put together to provide entertainment at the event. The list includes Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel orchestra and one of this year’s most popular soca artistes, Farmer Nappy. Making a guest appearance will be The St. Mary’s College Steel Orchestra, which placed sixth in this year’s School’s Panorama competition.
Secure parking will be available at nearby locations such as the Atlantic LNG car-park at the top of Pembroke Street, the TSTT car-park at the corner of New and St. Vincent streets, COPOS car-park on Pembroke Street, just before Park Street and ScotiaBank Carpark at the corner of Park and Pembroke streets. A free shuttle service to and from the car-parks and the venue will be provided.
Amazingly, all of the foregoing is available for just four hundred dollars. Tickets are available at the Past Students’ office (624-8468); from all members of the Organizing Committee and in Central Trinidad from Louis Ramdhanie (371-9193); in South Trinidad from Lighthouse and in East Trinidad from Gregg Mannette (678-7555)
As with all fund-raising events hosted by the Past Students’ Union the proceeds will be used to fund Capital projects at the College. On this occasion, the funds are ear-marked for the upgrade of the audio-visual room. Last year, the Past Students completed the upgrade and refurbishment of the Chemistry lab which was at that time, the latest in an ongoing series of development projects being financed by the Past Students' Union at the College.