Windsor, N.J. - Even the most experienced cooks can learn
new tricks at the Mercer County Community College Culinary
Center this fall. Chefs Frank Campione, Bill Conrad, Beth
Dinice, Lawrence Frazer, Carol Maxwell, Mamta Puri, Benson
Yu, and MCCC's very own hospitality programs coordinator Doug
Fee will offer a variety of demonstration and hands-on courses
emphasizing fresh ingredients, international cuisines and
festive holiday preparation from appetizers to desserts. Presented
through the MCCC Center for Continuing Studies, classes are
held in the evenings and on weekends on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Many courses are back by popular demand, while others are
brand new. "Culinary 101," taught by Chef Conrad,
continues to be a primer of culinary knowledge for those who
want to get truly comfortable in the kitchen. The series includes
"Knife Skills" on Sept. 11 and again on Oct.
23; "Knife Skills II" (new) on Oct. 23; "Soups
On!" Oct. 9; "Meats" Nov. 6; and
"Fish" Nov. 13.
is a theme throughout the fall. Chef Campione presents "Quick
and Easy Homemade Pizza" (new) on Sept. 25 and "How
to Make Fresh Homemade Italian Cheeses" Oct. 16.
Chef Frazer prepares the perfect pasta dinner with "Playing
with Pasta" Oct. 22, while Chef Campione is back
in the kitchen on Oct. 30 with "Dolci, Dolci, Italian
Desserts" (new) and "Italian Wine and Dinner
Pairings" on Nov. 13. His focus on all-food Italian
continues as the holidays approach, with "Traditional
Italian Christmas Desserts" (new) on Dec. 4 and "Traditional
Italian Christmas Eve Fish Dinner" Dec. 11.
Fee works his magic with convenient, cost-saving meals in
"What a Crock!" on Oct. 15, while Chef Frazer
presents the secrets to a great sauce, including heart healthy
substitutes, in "From Sauce to Salsa" Nov.
classes bring parents and their children into the kitchen.
For the first time, Chef Frazer will present a demonstration
class, "Cooking For and With Your Child with Autism:
Gluten and Casein Free Cooking," on Oct. 1. Parents
and children will also enjoy "Crazy for Cupcakes -
Parent and Child Workshop" on Oct. 8, presented by
Yu will reveal secrets for preparing a fabulous buffet in
his two-part series, "Buffet 101 Cold Food Station"
on Sept. 26 and "Buffet 102 Hot Food" on
Oct. 24. Chef Yu offers more creative cuisine with "Thailand"
on Oct. 10, the new "International Smoke House and
Pickling" on Nov. 7, and "Sushi 101: Colorful
and Fun Sushi" on Nov. 21.
international cuisine is in store with Chef Puri's new classes,
"Fritters, Fried Bread and Chutney Authentically India"
on Sept. 24 and "Smooth to Crisp
India" on Dec. 10.
wine enthusiast and educator Bruce Smith presents four new
classes: "ABC - Anything But Cabernet" on
Sept. 15, "Wines from Paso Robles" on Sept.
22, "Old World vs. New World" on Sept. 29,
and "Champagne and Other Sparkling Wine"
on Oct. 6.
The Culinary Center bustles with activity as the holidays
approach. Chef Dinice presents "Holiday Candymaking"
on Oct. 30 and "More Holiday Candymaking"
(new) Nov. 20. Chef Maxwell will prepare delightful goodies
in "Holiday Gifts from Your Kitchen!" (new)
on Oct. 29 and "Thanksgiving Pie Workshop"
(new) on Nov. 19.
more information or to register for these and other classes
offered through MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies, call
(609) 570-3311 or click here.