This is a news release from Bakersfield College

Sterling Silver will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012, in the John Collins Campus Center at Bakersfield College. For the last three years, not only has the Bakersfield College Foundation grown this event, but has also sold it out. Tickets are still available, but won't last long.

The evening centers around a custom meal designed by William Bloxsom-Carter, executive chef at the Playboy Mansion West in Los Angeles, California. His partnership with the Bakersfield College Foundation's Sterling Silver event results in a schedule of courses which will delight even the most seasoned palate. Michael Stepanovich of the Bakersfield College Foundation worked with Chef Bloxsom-Carter to delicately pair wines with each course which will compliment the tastes and textures.

The Chef's Brigade, responsible to ensuring that each plate of delicacies is spectacular will be led by Bloxsom-Carter, with the assistance of Bakersfield College faculty chefs Pat Coyle, C.C.E. and Suzanne Davis, along with Bakersfield College graduate and Petroleum Club sous-chef Ray Ingram, Bakersfield College chef Alex Gomez and the Culinary Arts students of Bakersfield College.

"This is a unique opportunity to experience today, the cuisine of a world-renowned chef, as prepared by tomorrow's local chefs," said Stepanovich, who is the executive director of the Bakersfield College Foundation. "Bakersfield College's outstanding Culinary Arts students are the head chefs of tomorrow. Many go on to own their own restaurants or delight diners in local hotels and restaurants."

As with previous years, the 2012 Sterling Silver will feature a five-course meal, designed specifically for the Bakersfield College Foundation by Chef Bloxsom-Carter. Guests will also be able to enjoy both silent and live auctions, which will again feature wines, artwork and a dinner for 10 catered by Chef Pat Coyle with wines selected from the private cellar of Michael Stepanovich.

Cost for the evening is $175 per person and $1,000 for a table of six. Seating is limited to 174 guests, and the event sold out last year, so purchase your tickets early.

Sterling Silver benefits The Renegade Fund, which is a critical source of unrestricted revenue for the college. The unrestricted revenue from this fund allows the foundation to direct funds where they are needed most on campus - whether it is for scholarships, program support or equipment. For their participation, a portion of the proceeds also directly benefits Bakersfield College's Culinary Arts program.

To reserve a seat at Sterling Silver on January 28, 2012, contact Hannah Egland at the Bakersfield College Foundation at 395-4850.

About Chef William S. Bloxsom-Carter

Mr. William S. Bloxsom-Carter is the Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California.

His passion for pairing food flavors with wines, both unique varietals as well as the classics, is paramount to the guests' enjoyment at the Playboy Mansion. To foster the food/wine relationship, Chef Bloxsom-Carter serves as a professional judge at numerous wine competitions throughout California yearly. The take-away knowledge from each competition provides him with guidance for future wine buying decisions. In turn, featured wines are exposed to the nearly 100,000 guests that visit the Playboy Mansion each year.

Chef Bloxsom-Carter features food products purchased directly from farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. Working with the farming and ranching communities, he places great importance on "best practices" for all food products served to Playboy's international clientele.

He recently completed intense studies with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company focusing on their Gold Standards of Hospitality Service to further enhance the hospitality experience to all guests attending corporate and charity events at the Playboy Mansion.

In addition to his responsibilities for Playboy Enterprises, Chef Bloxsom-Carter has prepared numerous winery dinners in Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley as well as special events for high-profile clients, focusing on the importance of food and wine pairings and extraordinary hospitality service. Additionally, Chef Bloxsom-Carter is a recurring featured guest on numerous radio shows syndicated nationwide describing and promoting California wines and foods.

At the Playboy Mansion, Chef Bloxsom-Carter has developed an internship/externship program with culinary schools across the country. The program has garnered a national reputation as the preeminent host facility for students.

Chef Bloxsom-Carter participates in charity events and lends his expertise to the culinary arts program at Pacifica High School in the Oxnard Unified School District in California. Additionally, he has been active in fundraising efforts for the Oak Park Unified School District and Caregivers of Ventura County.

-- Bakersfield College, News Release