The Culinary Center at MCCC Serves up A Full Plate of New Courses


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- With its two professional kitchens (one newly completed) flanking a nicely furnished dining room, Mercer County Community College's West Windsor campus is ready to serve up new and fun culinary courses for the community this spring and summer.

For something different, you can get together with friends on a Saturday evening and enjoy "Dinner Party!" Chef Doug Fee, MCCC's Hospitality programs coordinator and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, says participants will be both the chefs and the guests in this class, set for June 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. "You will be schooled in proper cooking methods and learn how to think outside the recipe box," Fee said. For groups of 12 to 24 people he will even arrange a private version of "Dinner Party." Tuition and fees are $56.

Beginning April 21 and continuing through August 18, the college is offering Friday evening and Saturday seminars on topics such as hors d'oeuvres, retro desserts, Italian antipasti, summertime appetizers, "Sensational Singles," "Sauce to Salsa," ice cream making, Nantucket-style fare, preserve and jelly making, and "Jersey Fresh," which demonstrates the use of peak summer fruits and vegetables.

For children there is a Saturday class with parents on May 6 and a "Science Chef" series for children ages 7 to 11 that includes "The Rise and Fall of Dough" on July 15, and "That's Incredible," about the many ways to cook with eggs, on Aug. 12. Both classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $30 for each; $50 for both.

A "No Fear Series," for bakers who want to advance to the next level of expertise, will be offered by Chef Anne Lumberger. The series introduces participants to "fabulous scratch recipes that produce results you can't buy anywhere." Lumberger's goal is to give confidence to cooks so they can expand their current capabilities. She is offering classes in "Shortcakes, Biscuits and Scones," which meets June 16 and 24, and "Sweet Sensational Summer Pies" on June 24. Both classes meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuition and fees are $50 for each.

For the wine enthusiast, instructor Bruce Smith will present the "Wines of Germany," and "Varietal Comparison of Sauvignon Blanc," on Wednesday evenings in June. Tuition and fees for each two-session class are $50 (or $90 for both), and participants must be 21 years of age to attend.

Mercer County Community College is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. For more information call 609-586-9446 or e-mail, or visit the website here.

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