No Place Like Home: SUNY Cobleskill Hosting Homecoming & Family Weekend October 4-6

Weekend begins with the 8th Annual Culinary Extravaganza October 4

Cobleskill, NY – The 8th Annual Culinary Extravaganza on Friday evening, October 4, kicks off a weekend of celebration and festivity, as SUNY Cobleskill hosts Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019. Running through Sunday morning, October 6, the weekend brings together College alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends, while inviting our neighbors to explore SUNY Cobleskill and enjoy family fun.

The College invites guests to join us for this year’s Culinary Extravaganza, with proceeds supporting the College Annual Fund. Top culinary talent from the region and beyond will create mouthwatering dishes alongside SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Arts students, under the direction of Chef-Instructor Stephen Kerzner and guided by an international theme. Participating chefs this year include the acclaimed Yono and Donna Purnomo, of Yono’s, in Albany, Michael Kaphan, of the New York City-based Farmer & the Fish, Tracy Kwiecien, of Prime at Saratoga National, Ryan Brooks, of the award-winning Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q, in Oneonta, Skip Sgarlata, of River Stone Manor, in Glenville. In addition to exquisite food and drink, the Extravaganza will host a student-chef competition, and feature a silent auction, fine décor by Mazzone Hospitality, and a world-class ice sculpture created by alumnus Jim Nadeau ’74. A complete list of participating chefs, registration and sponsorship information, and tickets, are available at

Annual on-campus favorites, including the Youth Fishing Derby, Antique Tractor and Engine Show, and Family Fun Fair are scheduled for the morning of Homecoming Saturday. The SUNY Cobleskill Turf Club Annual Golf Tournament will be played at 9:30 Saturday morning at Cobleskill Golf & Country Club. Tournament proceeds fund SUNY Cobleskill Turfgrass Management students’ travel to the 2020 Golf Industry Show, in Orlando, Florida. Independent registration is required for participation in the tournament, with information available on our website.

In a ceremony at noon in Iorio Gymnasium, SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers Athletics will induct the Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019, and the College Alumni Association will present awards to six distinguished alumni. The ceremony is open to the public. Also at noon on Saturday, SUNY Cobleskill Grosvenor Art Gallery will open to the public. Schoharie-based artist Kristen Defontes’ exhibit “After the Storm” will be on display, and guests are invited until 4 pm. “After the Storm” features original works completed between 2015 and the present, and inspired by the 2011 impact of Hurricane Irene on Schoharie County. More information can be found here.

Guests will be able to enjoy lunch at several locations on campus, including at food trucks in Suffolk (Knapp) Circle from 11 to 4; among those serving will be Middleburgh’s The Hen and The Hound Bistro, and the Esperance-based Brett’s Fried, with Ty’s Taco-Ria and Stewarts’ Ice Cream also on-hand. Guests can enjoy on-campus dining at Twisted Whiskers, Prentice Hall, and Brickyard Brewhouse, and the Carriage House Café and General Store.

Saturday evening commences with the annual Homecoming Parade at 5. This year’s parade departs from the Fairgrounds, moves to South Grand St. and West Main St., and concludes on campus. A bonfire, fireworks show, and Alumni Mixer are scheduled for Saturday night, before a farewell brunch at Coby’s Café and alumni lacrosse game Sunday morning.

The College welcomes alumni and families to sign-in in Suffolk Circle on Homecoming Saturday, where campus maps will be available. Guests attending the Culinary Extravaganza and Alumni Mixer are kindly reminded to purchase tickets prior to Homecoming & Family Weekend. To register for individual events, and for complete information, please visit


This release was initially published by SUNY Cobleskill, 09/23/19

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