Event Cancelled

As we continue to closely monitor Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, the safety of our students and community remain a top priority. Although there are no reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Penn College, we have decided to cancel the Visiting Chef Dinner on April 3.

We thank you for your understanding and support as we work through these unique complexities to safeguard our campus community.

If you have already registered for the Visiting Chef Dinner, a team member from the Penn College Foundation will reach out to you to discuss refund options. Please contact the Penn College Foundation at 570.320.8020 or giving@pct.edu with any questions.

Please visit our Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 web page for the latest updates.

Please stay tuned for information regarding other upcoming events on campus.

Fabrizio Facchini

Fabrizio Facchini, with his wife Samira, has been the Chef and Owner of the small Boutique Hotel And Restaurant “Antico Borgo in Arcevia, Le Marche Region” in Italy since 2009. Father of four wonderful kids, he has been recognized and published in the Michelin Italy Guide since 2012 and other prestigious guides, magazines, press and food blogs around over the world.

He moved from Italy with his family to San Diego in 2015 and and since 2017 lives in NY State. Fabrizio was awarded by the Italian American Chamber in New York for his work bringing an Authentic Italian Cuisine to the USA. He has opened and developed Taverna Novo in Saratoga Springs and other concepts in NYC. He just opened Cotto - Cucina Italiana in the new Renaissance Hotel in Chelsea New York.

Fabrizio is part of the Slow Food Chef Alliance in Italy and the USA. He is the Co-Chair of Cooks Alliance Slow Food USA, and Cooks Alliance President Slow Food New York State. He participated in Denver at Slow Food Nations Festival 2018 where he cooked at the Zero Waste Family Meal with Massimo Bottura and other famous chefs.

He was invited in 2018 to cook a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House.

In 2019 he created the Italian Kitchen at the SFN2019 inviting and collaborating with renowned chefs, food lovers, and authors, Antonio Starita, Alex Seidel, Alice Waters, and many others.

Fabrizio is a board member and Adviser of AICNY (Association Italian Chefs Of New York.) Fabrizio is also involved in other foundations and nonprofit organizations such as Food For Soul, Nature Kids in Costa Rica, Sons of Italy, NoKidsHungry, FoodBankNY, Noah Homes San Diego and others. He appeared on Food Network and other TV shows. His collaboration in Fundraising Events such as NYCWFF and City Harvest with friend chefs such Rocco DiSpirito, Geoffrey Zakarian, Guy Fieri, Lidia Bastianich, Michele Mazza, Cesare Casella and many orthers has permitted him to raise money to help community and causes.

Fabrizio is also a Brand Ambassador for Urbani Truffles, Pasta Di Martino and DiSano Pistacchio di Bronte. Since 2020, Fabrizio is part of Associazione Italiana Ambasciatori Del Gusto.


Net proceeds from this event will be used for annual scholarship awards and other scholarship funds. This event serves as a valuable educational experience for our students and is a vital component of our scholarship fundraising efforts. The wine flight for the Visiting Chef dinner is carefully selected to complement the different courses of the meal. To provide consistent service, there will be 12 ounces of wine served to each guest. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot honor requests for additional wine purchases. Penn College sincerely appreciates your understanding and cooperation.

Past Visiting Chefs

  • Darrin Aoyama
    Houston, Texas
  • Donald Barickman
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Phillip Brown
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Russell Bry
    Chicago, Illinois
  • William C. Butler
    Former Dean, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Charles Carroll
    Houston, Texas
  • Callie Chalmers *
    Danville, Pennsylvania
  • Leah Chase
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Steven Chiappetti
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Kusuma Cooray
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Bert Cutino
    Monterey, California
  • Travis Dale
    Chesterton, Indiana
  • David Danielson
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Todd Downs
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Dennis Eckrote *
    Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Timothy H. Eldridge
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Scott Endy *
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dominique Filoni
    Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania
  • Gregg Flisiak
    Chesterton, Indiana
  • John Folse
    Donaldsonville, Louisiana
  • Greg Gable
    Ephrata, Pennsylvania
  • Elaine Gardner *
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Christopher Gross
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Traci Des Jardins
    San Francisco, California
  • Richard Kimble *
    New York City, New York
  • Robert Kinkead
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sabrina LaRosa
    Calabria, Italy
  • Andrew Masciangelo *
    Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania
  • George Mavrothalassitis
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Brian McClure
    White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
  • Robert Mobilian
    Aspen, Colorado
  • Brian and Shanna O'Hea
    Kennebunk, Maine
  • Gale E. O'Malley
    White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
  • Jean-Louis Palladin
    Washington, D.C.
  • Georges Perrier
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Pike
    Arcadia, California
  • Joseph Poon
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Kristi (Ritchey) Genova *
    Los Angeles, California
  • David Robins
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Robin Rosenberg
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Scott Rowe
    Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • DeJuan Roy
    St. Augustine, Florida
  • Steven Schimoler
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Walter Schug
    Sonoma County, California
  • Rudy Smith
    Snowmass Village, Colorado
  • Walter Staib
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dave Sturgis
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Rick Tramonto
    McHenry, Illinois
  • Manuel Uribe
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Jeff Vigilla
    Amelia Island, Florida
  • Jeff Vosburgh
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Errol Walters *
    Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania
  • Donald Wressel
    Buringame, California