Friday Night Bites: Tassie Pippert and Andy cooking together
Tassie Pippert tells Andy Vanhook he better roll up his sleeves and get to work!  

Over the past year, the BRCC Educational Foundation Board and staff have learned to pivot and create new and unique fundraising events that we hope our supporters enjoy. Our goal has been to build events that inspire learning, fun, and a sense of togetherness – all in support of our community’s college, BRCC.  

Apparently, our collective idea of fun also always involves food! On Friday, February 26, 2021, it was our privilege to bring Chef Tassie Pippert directly into supporters’ kitchens via live video stream. Tassie, a local chef and wine expert, host of the long-running show WVPT Cooks and VPM’s Un-Wine’d, and a proud BRCC alumna, is also a current BRCC Educational Foundation Board member. She shared her culinary expertise and led us in an evening of cooking, learning, and laughter.

Friday Night Bites: Tassie Pippert setting up her cooking station
Tassie Pippert is ready to begin the Friday Night Bites cooking class.

Seasoned chefs and novice cooks alike learned new cooking tricks while preparing a fabulous menu of antipasto salad, chicken piccata, and a simple, show-stopping tiramisu. Her sous-chef, Andy Vanhook (also a Virginia community college grad and BRCCEF Board member) helped Tassie throughout the night. Appeal Productions produced the event for BRCC, and more than 60 chefs-in-training joined us online that night. We heard many success stories from participants, and had requests to repeat this event!  

Friday Night Bites' sister event, Friday Night Al Fresco - a gourmet picnic to go- took place on Friday, May 14, 2021 and was also a big success! We are thrilled to report that Friday Night Bites and Friday Night Al Fresco together raised $39,597 in proceeds and sponsorships. Please save the dates for our spring 2022 events, Friday Night Bites on February 4, 2022, and Friday Night Al Fresco on May 20, 2022. Funds generated from events are unrestricted and allow the BRCC Educational Foundation to support our students, college and community.