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Agricola Community Eatery Donates to MCCC Culinary Program


West Windsor, N.J. – Agricola, a new community eatery in Princeton that opened in March, is already making its philanthropic mark on the local community.

On June 5, restaurateur Jim Nawn presented a donation in the amount of $3,000 towards tuition for deserving students who are studying the culinary arts at Mercer County Community College.

Nawn built Agricola after a successful career with fast casual restaurants around the state. The restaurant’s charitable mission is to work with members of the community involved in culinary professional development, as well as support hunger relief and nutritional education.

Agricola’s Chef/Partner Josh Thomsen is already known to MCCC students after visiting the MCCC Culinary Center as a guest chef in the fall. In a half-day demonstration session, he shared his expertise with advanced culinary students, preparing the types of dishes that are featured on the Agricola menu, including roasted delicata squash salad, chicken breast with pickled beets and celery root, goat cheese beignet, and a mixed berry cobbler.

Chef Thomsen is happy to give back, noting the influential teachers who shaped his thinking about food and cooking, and contributed to his success.

"I am committed to helping culinary students realize their dreams," Thomsen said.

Agricola is  located in downtown Princeton at 11 Witherspoon Street. See the restaurant's website here.

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MCCC culinary students and instructor Frank Benowitz visited Agricola to accept the donation. Back row from left: restauranteer Jim Nawn, Agricola Chef Josh Thomsen, MCCC's Chef Benowitz and students Pam Ballard and Ray Montero; front row, from left, students Michael Rabenowitz and Akino Tomizawa.

Agricola Chef Josh Thomsen shares techniques and recipes with Advanced Culinary students during a visit to the West Windsor campus in the fall.