Willard Roth (1951 alum) guest chef at Cafe Dodici

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Willard Roth autographs Martha Graber's ('67 grad) cookbook.

Willard Roth autographs Martha Graber’s (’67 grad) cookbook.

IMS Alumni Willard Roth was the guest chef at Cafe Dodici in Washington on Thursday evening, February 4th. Willard is the author of Mennonite Men Can Cook, Too, a wonderful collection of recipes inspired by Willard’s family, friends and overseas travels. His recipes seamlessly interweave mid-western, Indian and African flavors.

Several IMS alums and friends went to Cafe Dodici to delight in his recipes.  All agreed that it was a delicious experience!

Susan See, our resident piano instructor, asked Willard about his philosophy of cooking for others and he said, “Food is love made edible!” He remembers taking a six week cooking class at IMS in 1949-1950 under teacher Alice Miller when Paul T. Guengerich was the principal. All the boys took this class and all the girls took a six week shop class. This would not have happened in most schools at that time. Susan asked him whose idea that was and he thought it was mostly likely generated from Alice Miller.

Pictured below are some of the featured items on the menu.

Balsamic honey-glazed lamb chops

Balsamic honey-glazed lamb chops

Fresh salmon encrusted with herbed bread crumbs and pecans, oven-baked

Fresh salmon encrusted with herbed bread crumbs and pecans, oven-baked

Poached Pears with Cinnamon and Vanilla Ice Cream.

Poached Pears with Cinnamon and Vanilla Ice Cream.