On April 22, NOVA Chefs Mike Herbert and Wilhelm Jonach took a group of culinary students to International Gourmet Foods Inc. (IGF) in Springfield, Va., for a facility tour and presentation.
IGF serves high-end restaurants and caterers, and NOVA students got a firsthand look at the wide variety of the products they carry. Sheri Iannarelli, account executive for IGF, gave a brief history of the company, their product line and the company’s philosophy.
Cheese specialist Karen Dee presented a variety of gourmet cheeses for everyone to sample and savor. A NOVA student remarked, “I never knew cheese was this fascinating.”
Chef Patrice De Bortoli, IGF protein specialist, exhibited a charcuterie platter of delectable cold cuts and breads which everyone relished.
Tina Paolantonio, IGF director of sales and marketing, took the group on a tour of the warehouse and offices and explained about ordering and delivering, and how IGF partners with their customers to ensure quality and customer satisfaction.
NOVA students truly appreciated how everyone involved took the time and effort to enrich their learning experience.