New in October is “Tea 101,” presented Thursdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Instructor Glenn Swann offers an overview of the world of tea – its varietals, history, culture, preparation and appreciation – and a demonstration of a Japanese tea ceremony.
October is also a month for a how-to culinary series. Taught by Chef Bill Conrad, Culinary 101 commences with “Fish” on Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to noon, followed by “Knife Skills,” 2 to 5 p.m. (The “Knife Skills” class will be repeated Dec. 6, 2 to 5 p.m.) Next up is “Soups On!” on Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to noon. Chef Conrad concludes the series with “Poultry” on Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to noon. All courses in the series may be taken on an individual basis.
November starts off with a culinary and cultural excursion to “Thailand” with Chef Yu on Nov. 1, 1 to 4 p.m. On Nov. 14, Chef Cattani will be “Playing With Pasta” from 9 a.m. to noon, while on Nov. 15, Chef Yu presents “Asian Infusion and Hold the Gluten,” 1 to 4 p.m.
Two classes presented by Chef Cattani will add to the joy of the holiday season: “Holiday Cookies” on Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to noon, and “Holiday Cocktail Party Italian Style” on Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to noon.
On Wednesday evenings, instructor Bruce Smith presents new classes in his popular Wine Regions of the World series: “Sonoma County, California Zinfandels” Sept. 30; “If You Like This, Try That” Oct. 7 and 14; and “Italian Barbarescos” on Oct. 21. Classes are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and include a discussion of the styles, appellations, climates, food pairings, recommended producers and a wine tasting. (Participants must be 21 years of age.)
CCS offers hundreds of professional and personal interest classes, including many online options that begin every month. To register, call (609) 570-3311. For information on all course offerings, visit www.mccc.edu/ccs. CCS is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccsmercer.
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