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Michigan Colleges to Serve Booze on Campus

It's all in the pursuit of culinary knowledge, apparently.


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By Valerie Tejeda


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If your son or daughter is suddenly interested in going to college in Michigan, this new law may have something to do with it. Michigan governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill allowing community colleges and universities to serve alcohol to students at campus events—and in some classrooms. The catch is, it's only allowed if it helps culinary program students learn more about the hospitality and culinary industries. Previously, Michigan liquor laws banned most colleges from serving alcohol. Now, students can include it with meals at on-campus restaurants and events. The goal is to teach them how to pair different alcoholic drinks with certain foods. “It’s necessary for culinary or hospitality students to learn the service of alcohol, the management of alcohol and the huge part that beer and wine pairings have become in the culinary experience,” says Dan Gendler, program director for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. “It is a knowledge that students need to learn and what better way for them to learn than in a controlled atmosphere with certified instructors.”

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