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Pressing the Issue of Childhood Obesity

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 09:24

food2_june11The Culinary Institute of America launches Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids, a national culinary leadership initiative.

A White House chef and a USDA official were among the many children’s nutrition, school foodservice and culinary leaders who presented at the CIA's Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids National Leadership Summit at the college’s San Antonio, Texas, campus May 11-13.

Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids, an invitation-only event held in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association, brought together 200 diverse professionals from around the country, including Sam Kass, assistant White House chef and senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives, and Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. Attendees discussed and debated a wide range of issues impacting the quality and flavor of foods for children.

A Vegetable of a Different Color

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 09:19

By Chef Colin Roche, MBA, CEC, CCE, FMP, CHE

food1_june11Plants often have beautiful colors that add interest and appeal to meals. Their pigments, however, are affected by acid and alkaline, so care should be taken to cook them properly.

Here is an experiment you can do in your culinary labs to show students the effects of acid and alkaline on vegetable pigment.


The Lesson: “Alkalis / Acid Experiment” 

Directions: Break the class into groups and have them gather the following vegetables. (Instructor should demonstrate how to prep each product.)

Restaurant Spenders: a Widening Gap

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 09:18

Disparate mindsets of post-recession consumers will shape restaurant-industry recovery and growth, reports NPD.

Consumers are of two different mindsets when it comes to spending—those who cannot spend freely and those who can—and the dichotomy between these two mindsets will shape the restaurant industry now and into the future, according to new foodservice market research by The NPD Group, a leading market-research company.

The recently-released report, entitled “The Changing Consumer Mindset: What it Means to the Restaurant Industry,” shows the broad-reaching effects the recession had on consumer behavior and thinking and the difference between consumers who are more cautious and control their spending and those who are optimistic and feel economically stable.

Culinary Education’s Big Boost to the Green-Building Movement

Friday, 29 April 2011 08:19

food4_may11Johnson & Wales University's Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence in Providence earns LEED gold certification.

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) has been awarded LEED® gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for its Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence. One of the newest and most prominent facilities on the Harborside Campus of the university's expansive Providence, R.I., campus, the 82,000-square-feet Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence features a state-of-the-art environment specifically designed to accommodate the university's advanced culinary curriculum.

Paul Bocuse Named “Chef of the Century” by the CIA

Friday, 29 April 2011 08:16

food3_may11Culinary Legend Honored at 2011 Augie™ Awards

Paul Bocuse was honored as the Chef of the Century at The Culinary Institute of America's (CIA) fifth-annual Augie™ Awards at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square in New York City on March 30. In addition to Bocuse, four other foodservice and hospitality greats were honored at the event, which raised about $500,000 for scholarships to support the education of future culinary leaders.

"Paul Bocuse was the culinary equivalent of Elvis Presley—a source of great inspiration, the object of our adoration, and the model for our emulation," said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan, CMC, in presenting Bocuse, 85, with the award. "Just as musicians around the world from the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen aspired to be like Elvis, legions of young chefs dreamed of being Paul Bocuse."

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