Ivy hosts Top Master Chef—and Ivy Dad—Jonathan Waxman

Ever since I joined Ivy my sophomore year, I wanted my father, Jonathan Waxman, to come to the Club. As a child, I used to tag along to his cooking demonstrations at The Culinary Institute of America or food magazines like Food and Wine, but hadn’t done so in years. So, it was a great pleasure to have him come speak and give a demonstration at the Club this semester. I was so grateful to the entire Ivy staff and membership for giving him such a warm welcome.

Situated at the front of the Great Hall, Chef Waxman demonstrated a range of basic cooking skills and techniques while cooking a three-course meal of kale salad, gnocchi with shaved Brussels sprouts, and saffron rice with scallops and blood orange. My dad is what you might call a colorful character and kept the audience entertained as he revealed everything from the proper way to hold a knife and sauté to the secret behind perfect gnocchi. The members were incredibly engaged, asking my dad questions about his career path, his favorite foods to cook, and his perspective on the culinary industry.

My father came away so impressed by the intellectual curiosity of Ivy members and grateful for the connections he forged with the Ivy family. He now says he wants to hire Ivy alumni at his restaurant. We are very grateful to Betty, Chef Jean, Amanda Morrison, Matthew Merrigan, and everyone who made this possible! My favorite thing about being a member at Ivy is the community fostered by sharing meals together, something I think Ivy, in particular, understands the value of. Being able to share my father with the Club over food, and vice versa, will be one of my fondest memories of senior year.

Moyin Opeyemi ’19 wins the Spirit of Princeton Award

We are thrilled to announce that Moyin Opeyemi, undergraduate treasurer and newly elected graduate board member, is a recipient of the 2019 Spirit of Princeton award. This award honors students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to enhancing the undergraduate experience. In addition to his leadership role at Ivy, Moyin has served as a steering committee member for the Men’s Allied Voices for a Respectful & Inclusive Community (MAVRIC) Project, mentorship chair on the board of Princeton African Student Association (PASA), and as a Student-Athlete Wellness Leader (SAWL). He is also a member of the varsity men’s soccer team, Athletes in Action, and Princeton Faith and Action. Congratulations, Moyin!