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Celebration of Excellence honors Mt. Diablo High School culinary students, industry partners, and mentors


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / Mobile: (760) 705-6919



Celebration of Excellence honors Mt. Diablo High School culinary students, industry partners, and mentors

Student chefs and bakers from Mt. Diablo High School’s Serendipity Restaurant & Bakery honored


WHAT:  Mt. Diablo High School in Concord will host its 22rd annual Celebration of Excellence in Education, honoring student chefs and bakers in the MDHS Serendipity Restaurant & Bakery program, part of the school’s venerable International Hospitality and Tourism Academy, emphasizing culinary arts, hospitality arts, and sustainable hospitality coursework.  Industry partners, including the Crowne Plaza Concord; community partners, including Marilyn Fowler, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from the Concord Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Concord. Mentors and other supporters will also be recognized. 


The students have earned numerous scholarships and awards this year, competing with fellow culinary students from across the state.  At the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference in Riverside, four Mt. Diablo High School students walked away with the top prizes and more than $69,000 in scholarships and prizes.


The on-site contact for the event is Debbie Allen, Chef/Instructor, at (925) 798-0882.


A Celebration of Excellence

When/What Time:

Thursday, May 25, 2017.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m.; dinner service begins at 7 p.m.


Mt. Diablo High School’s Serendipity Restaurant and Bakery, 2611 East Street, Concord, 94520 (Get directions)


Menu Description:

1st course – House salad with baby greens, gorgonzola cheese, and candied pecans with an herb vinaigrette.

2nd course -Grilled pork loin, chipotle mashed potato, and mixed seasonal vegetables. A vegetarian option available upon request.

3rd course – Dessert Medley


The event is open to families and the public by reservation only; tickets are $30 with some proceeds going to scholarships.  Reservations can be made by calling (925) 798-0882.


Photos of students at work in the restaurant/bakery or at recent competitions are available upon request.




About Mt. Diablo High School

Mt. Diablo High School, located in Concord and founded in 1901, is the oldest school in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.


Mt. Diablo High offers students extensive options for career pathway study with four themed California Partnership Academies (CPA) which integrate rigorous academics with career technical education (CTE) coursework. These academies include:

  • The Digital Safari Multimedia Academy program, which teaches and integrates digital media into a high school core curriculum using project-based learning.
  • The International Hospitality and Tourism Academy (IHTA) which teaches the culinary arts and hospitality arts. The program includes the student-run restaurant Serendipity. IHTA also incorporates the Sustainable Hospitality Pathway, which focuses its nutrition and food prep classes on career fields including healthy food service, agri- and eco-tourism, and outdoor recreation.
  • Academy of Construction & Mechanical Engineering (ACME) which includes Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering and Construction Technology
  • Medical Bio-Technology Academy (MBTA), which includes Biotechnology and Sports Medicine instruction.

The school also hosts a highly-acclaimed World Academy, serving students who are newcomers to the United States.


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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD launched its first middle college program, College Now, in 2016, and will open its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.


Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:5/16/17
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