Varied Summer Fare Is on Menu
At MCCC Culinary Center


West Windsor, N.J. - Ready to take your summer menus to the next level? Top regional chefs will share their recipes for preparing savory seasonal dishes at the Culinary Center at Mercer County Community College from June through August. Chefs include Frank Campione, Wendy Jaeger, Carol Maxwell, Lawrence Frazer, Shari Widmayer and Elizabeth Dinice. Classes are held evenings and weekends on Mercer'sMCCC's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

In the new class, "Summer Grill Party, Two Meals and Three Wines," with Chef Wendy Jaeger on June 3, participants will learn the art of grilling fish, poultry and light side dishes. "Tea Party! Great Summer Entertaining," presented by Chef Carol Maxwell on June 12, features hot and cold brewed beverages, scones, tea sandwiches and light desserts. In "Whew-It's Too Hot to Cook!" on July 12, Chef Elizabeth Dinice teaches cold soups, ceviche, bruschettas, and no-cook desserts. More grilled fare is on the menu with Chef Dinice's "Sensational Sausage" on July 26. Chef Jaeger returns on August 27 with "The Perfect Summer Pairing - Fruits, Cheese and Crisp Summer Wines," where participants will prepare crispy streusel, chilled fruit soup and fresh fruit beignets, and match them with wines and cheeses.

Fresh, local produce is the theme for three new classes. Chef Shari Widmayer will offer recipes for old-fashioned sweets in "Farmers Market Bakery" on June 18. Chef Maxwell's "Farmer's Market Meal" on July 15 makes the most of garden vegetables from tomatoes to zucchini to corn to basil. On August 5, Chef Maxwell returns with "Farmers Market Dessert," featuring fruit-based recipes such as peach pie, blueberry crumb cake, and Italian stuffed peaches. The artistry of dessert is the focus when Chef Widmayer returns with "Cake Masters Decorating," a two-session class August 6 and 13.

A number of courses are back by popular demand. The cuisine of Italy is on the menu when Chef Frazer presents "Playing with Pasta" on June 20 and "Playing with Pasta II" on July 18. Chef Dinice teaches "Knife Skills," a course to build confidence and dexterity in the kitchen, on August 7 and again on August 21. Wine enthusiast and educator Bruce Smith returns to share his knowledge with "Wines of Argentina" on June 30; "Summer Bubbles" on July 7; "International Rosé" on July 14; and "ABC - Anything But Chardonnay" on July 21.

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

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