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Culinary Awareness Series to be hosted by Office of Continuing Education

Come August, FGCU’s School of Resort and Hospitality Management will be home to a variety of cooking classes offered by the Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs.

The Culinary Awareness Series will be hosted in collaboration with The Institute for Culinary Awareness Research and Education and the OCE. Courses will be held in Sugden Hall, the Atrium, located at 8695 College Parkway in Fort Myers, and at the Pine Manor Culinary Training Kitchen, located at 5547 10th Avenue in Fort Myers.

Participants will be exposed to a variety of food topics such as Asian and European inspired dishes, basic baking techniques, nutrition, menu planning, knife skills and sanitation as well as gardening, cooking with seasonal local products, canning and preserving, and organic cooking and sustainability.

Professionals from the culinary industry will be teaching the courses, with opportunities for participants to gain hands-on experience tasting and preparing the dishes. Local restaurant, hotel and club owners are encouraged to integrate the courses into their professional development programs.

The first two classes will be held on Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at FGCU. The majority of the classes cost $85. For more information, call Paul Thorton at 239-425-3274 or visit www.fgcu.edu/CEd/professional_development_programs.html.

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