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Whet Your Appetite with Culinary Classes and More Through MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies This Winter


West Windsor, N.J. –Mercer County Community College’s Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) is offering a variety of special interest classes to add some spice to the dreary winter season, including several new culinary and wine courses.  Designed to fit the schedules of working adults, classes are held weekends and evenings on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Over 20 culinary courses will be offered at the MCCC Culinary Center, with classes focusing on cuisines from around the world, including Japanese, Italian, Chinese and Thai.  Among the new courses is “Go Green!”, taught by Chef Benson Yu, where participants will learn how to add vegetables and soy products to any meal to make it more healthy and delicious (Feb. 24).  “Pantry Raid,” taught by Chef Frank Benowitz, teaches participants how to create a simple meal with leftovers – and save money in the process (April 6). 

“Sunday at Nonna’s,”
taught by Chef Meghan Cattani, transports participants to Nonna’s Cucina, where they will learn the staples of a Sunday feast, including Beef Braciole (April 7).  Her course “An Italian Affair” teaches the essentials of preparing an Italian meal that includes delectable favorites such as Veal Saltimbocca and Nutella Ricotta Fritters (April 20).

Other new culinary courses include “Asian Noodle Class,” taught by Chef Yu (April 28), and “Under the Sea,” where Chef Cattani will create seafood recipes for tuna, shrimp and crabcakes.

Wine connoisseur Bruce Smith will also offer five new wine courses, including “Long Island, NY Wines” (March 20), “Better Bordeaux” (March 27), “Great Wines Under $10 – Revisited” (April 3), “East Coast vs. West Coast – Blind Tasting” (April 10), and “Port and Port Style Wines” (April 17).

CCS also offers a wealth of other personal interest courses, ranging from fitness classes to music and language courses.  For those looking to expand a fun hobby, “How To Dominate Your Fantasy Baseball League” is a five-session course beginning Feb. 20, taught by fantasy expert Derek Carty.  Topics include evaluating players using stats and scouting, preparing for a draft, and managing a team in-season via trades and free agents.

Among the fitness options are aquatics workouts, beginner and advanced swim lessons, and lifeguard training for both children and adults, held in the college’s Olympic-sized swimming pool beginning in February and March.  The “Pre-School Swim Program” is a 45-minute class that meets weekly, and the “Saturday Swim Program,” for ages 5 to 12, meets on Saturday mornings.

CCS will also offer a First Aid certification course for ages 16 and up (Feb. 27) and a three-hour course on “Women’s Basic Self Defense” (March 23). Those who are artistically inclined will enjoy the “Visual Arts Sampler,” a series of mini-workshops that will meet on Fridays, starting Feb. 22, and cover both two- and three-dimensional media, including drawing, painting and ceramics.  Language courses in Italian, French, Spanish, Mandarin, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are also available.

For more information or to register for these and other classes offered through MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies, call (609) 570-3311 or visit the website.

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