2012 Year of the Dragon Dinner
The College at Oneonta Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary with board members, donors and friends in Oneonta on March 30 and in New York City on April 19. The Oneonta event featured a special 2012 Year of the Dragon Dinner prepared by internationally known restaurateur and philanthropist Joe Poon, a 1978 SUNY Oneonta graduate, to raise funds for a new scholarship to support students who are studying abroad.
Known for his Asian fusion cuisine, Chef Poon prepares fresh meals with simple elegance — and a dash of adventure. From his contemporary and quirky venue in Philadelphia Chinatown, he hosts private events, conducts Wok ‘N Walk Tours of Philadelphia Chinatown and teaches cooking classes. In addition, he leads trips to China and participates in dozens of philanthropic events each year. He recently published the inspirational, autobiographical cookbook, “Life is Short…Cooking is Fun.”
The recipient of an honorary doctorate from SUNY Oneonta, Chef Poon has received numerous awards for his philanthropic work, including the Asian American Award for Outstanding Community Service.