California Baptist University Dedicates Food Innovation Center
RIVERSIDE (Nov. 8, 2013)—California Baptist University dedicated its new Food Innovation Center Nov. 7. The state-of-the-art center is the focal point of the College of Allied Health's nutrition and food services program and will be used as a laboratory for students, for service projects and for food industry research and development.
"I'm very excited about what this program is going to do and the people who are going to go through it," President Ronald L. Ellis said. "Not only will people in this area work in this facility, but there will be internationals who come to study here."
The grand opening featured appetizers by Chef Brad Martin of Provider Food Services and served by students in the nutrition and food services program.
Rusty Bailey, mayor of the City of Riverside, quipped that he was inspired to create a new program: dinner with the mayor. On a serious note, Bailey commented that when people are healthy, the city is healthy.
"I'm always amazed and inspired by your president and your school, because you're visionary," he said. "You're always looking for those new trends out there to connect you and support, especially in our community and in our city.
Riverside City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Gardner complimented the CBU program for the service projects it has already developed with the city's ministries.
"I'm really pleased to see the partnership that you're forming with Path of Life and the homeless ministries," he said.
Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, expressed gratitude for the support the community has shown in opening the new center.
"We are thrilled to be able to open this new facility," he said. "We are very excited about how we will be able to use this to continue to transform lives on our campus and in the local area."
The nutrition and food sciences major, directed by Dr. Margaret Barth, prepares students to live their purpose through careers in health and wellness organizations and food, beverage and nutrition professions.