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Spice Up Your Life at MCCC Culinary Center this Fall


West Windsor, N.J. – This fall, the Culinary Center at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) presents a variety of classes to add sizzle to any menu.  Offered through MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies, culinrary classes are held Saturdays and Sundays on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  All courses feature demos by the chefs, hands-on practice and sampling of the dishes prepared.

September classes include “Room for Shrooms” with Chef Meghan Cattani on Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, followed by “30-Minute Meals” with Chef Benson Yu on Sept. 21, 1 to 4 p.m.

October kicks off with “From Sauce to Salsa” with Chef Catanni on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by Chef Yu’s new “Main Course Salads” on Oct. 5, 1 to 4 p.m. On Oct. 11, Chef Bill Conrad teaches two courses, starting the day with “Fish” from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by “Knife Skills” from 2 to 5 p.m.  (The “Knife Skills” class will be repeated Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon.)  Next up on Oct. 18 is “What a Crock!” with Chef Cattani from 9 a.m. to noon and, on Oct. 19, “Sushi 101” with Chef Yu from 1 to 4 p.m. On Oct. 25, Chef Conrad presents “Soups On!” from 9 a.m. to noon.

New in November is “Red Hot Fire and Spice!” with Chef Yu on Nov. 2, 1 to 4 p.m. Next up, Chef Conrad presents “Poultry” Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to noon, followed by Chef Cattani’s “Playing with Pasta” on Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to noon.
Participants can prepare for holiday feasting with four special classes: “Holiday Cocktail Party Italian Style” with Chef Cattani on Nov. 1, 9 a.m. noon; “Global Shell Fish Feast” with Chef Yu on Nov. 16, 1 to 4 p.m.; “Holiday Cookies” with Chef Cattani on Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to noon; and the new “Holiday Culinary Hostess Gifts” with Chef Yu on Dec. 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

On Wednesday evenings, Instructor Bruce Smith presents an all-new Wine Regions of the World series:  “Italian White Wines” Sept. 17; “Meritage Wines” Oct. 1; “Sherry Wines” Oct. 8; “Sparkling Wines Including Champagne” Oct. 15; and “Better Chateauneuf du Pape” Oct. 22.  All classes are held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and include a discussion of the styles, appellations, climates, food pairings and recommended producers; a wine tasting concludes each class.  (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 the Center for Continuing Studies website here.  CCS is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccsmercer.

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