Culinary arts scholarship endowed in memory of Gerard Cace

Kilgore College and the East Texas Restaurant Association (ETRA) held a reception March 20 at Longview's Oil Horse Brewing Company to celebrate the endowment of a culinary arts scholarship in memory of longtime businessman Gerard Cace.

The new scholarship, financed by the ETRA, will be named in memory of Gerard, who operated Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steakhouse in Longview until his death in 2012.

Danny Cace, Gerard's brother; Cathy Cace, Gerard's widow; and Chelsea Cace, Gerard's daughter; were on hand to announce the endowment of the culinary arts scholarship in memory of Gerard.

The ETRA board voted to donate the $14,000 from proceeds raised from its Taste of Longview and Taste of Tyler fundraisers to complete the endowment of the scholarship.

Dr. Julie Fowler, KC's executive dean, was on hand Tuesday afternoon to receive a $14,000 check for the program’s scholarship endowment fund.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Culinary Arts student at KC beginning in the fall of 2018.

The Culinary Arts program at KC prepares students for careers in the nation’s second largest private sector business – food service.

It consists of two certificates and an associate of applied science degree. Both certificates and the associate’s degree have cooperative courses in which students will receive actual on-the-job training.

Classes are offered beginning each August in the state-of-the-art kitchen facility at the Longview High School Career and Technology Education Center.


PHOTO ABOVE: From left: Bob Westbrook, past president of East Texas Restaurant Association; Dave Belanger, KC Culinary Arts instructor; Kat Jackson, program leader and Instructor for KC’s Culinary Arts program; Dr. Julie Fowler, executive dean of KC-Longview; Dr. Mike Turpin, vice president of instruction at KC; Danny Cace; Cathy Cace; and Chelsea Cace.

Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC