Monday, April 23, 2007

Patrick E. Ringwald Memorial Culinary Garden Dedicated

The family and friends of the late Patrick E. Ringwald gathered at the Culinary Institute of Charleston Wednesday, April 18, to dedicate a beautiful new culinary garden in Patrick’s memory. Patrick was general manager of The Boathouse restaurant when he was shot and killed during a robbery in 2003. He was widely known and involved in Charleston’s food and beverage industry for more than 20 years.

After his death, his family, friends and colleagues established the Patrick E. Ringwald Memorial Foundation to support hospitality and culinary training in the Lowcountry. The Trident Technical College Foundation and the Ringwald Foundation partnered to create the 4,400-square-foot garden outside the Culinary Institute of Charleston.

The garden was designed by noted landscape architect Shelia Wertimer. It contains four growing areas for herbs and other plants, a water feature and sitting areas. The garden will provide a unique opportunity for Culinary Institute students to grow and harvest herbs and flowers for use in the kitchens of the CIC.

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