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Elgin Community College Hospitality Club members expanding fundraising efforts

Members ElgCommunity College's Hospitality Club work serving up Thanksgiving meal 2011. The club is agamaking  pies gravy relish as

Members of Elgin Community College's Hospitality Club work on serving up a Thanksgiving meal in 2011. The club is again making pies, gravy and relish as a fundraiser this year. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: December 12, 2013 6:09AM

ELGIN — Not everyone relishes the idea of making turkey gravy, pumpkin pie and the venerable cranberry relish for Thanksgiving dinner.

Elgin Community College’s Hospitality Club, whose members are attending the school’s culinary department, promises to do that for you.

The club has been making pies, gravy and relish for years as a fundraiser for the club. The sale had been restricted to on-campus sales, however, because the person doing the ordering had to pay in advance via cash or check.

But this year, the club has partnered with ECC’s Box Office, allowing credit card orders for the holiday meal staples.

Now, said club president Amber Phillips, they hope to not only cook more but also help to raise more funds for their club’s exchange programs, and charity.

“We are trying to become a international hospitality club, associating with our foreign exchange programs in fundraising, and creating a bond between schools in other countries,” Phillips said. “Then we are able to travel to other countries besides Austria and France to get a taste of other cultures’ culinary backgrounds.”

ECC culinary arts students have been making pies before Thanksgiving for years, she said.

But while trying to figure out a way to take credit card orders, the ECC Box Office agreed to be the purchase point, and waived the credit card fees to do so, she added.

Each item — a 9-inch pie, a pint of relish or a quart of gravy — costs $7 each, she said.

Orders can be made by calling the box office at 847-622-0300 or by going to Orders must be made by Nov. 19, and the food must be picked up between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 26 or Nov. 27 in front of Spartan To Go, the Spartan Terrace restaurant shop in the school’s performing arts wing.

There is no minimum order, but the club will not deliver. If anyone does not pick up their food, the card still will be charged, she said.

A portion of all proceeds goes to help students traveling abroad as part of the culinary exchange programs; and a portion will go to No Kid Hungry, a Washington, D.C., program that helps fund food programs outside of the normal school lunch programs.

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