Napa Valley College's cooking school receives $900,000 Rhodes bequest

[caption id="attachment_13379" align="alignleft" width="216" caption="The late Belle Rhodes is shown at the dedication of the Belle Rhodes Teaching Kitchen at Napa Valley College's Upper Valley Campus in St. Helena. Students at Napa Valley College's Napa Valley Cooking School work in the Belle Rhodes Teaching Kitchen."][/caption]

NORTH BAY - The Napa Valley College Foundation received its largest donation ever: $900,000 for the school's upper valley campus cooking school.

"Napa Valley College owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Belle and Barney Rhodes for their lasting support of the Napa Valley Cooking School. Their bequest will be thoughtfully used to honor their memory by training aspiring chefs in the culinary arts that contribute immeasurably to the quality of our lives," said Dr. Chris McCarthy, president of Napa Valley College.

Belle and Barney Rhodes, who were instrumental in the establishment of the Napa Valley Cooking School, left 12.5 percent of their estate to the college. The rest was distributed to other entities in the valley.

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