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Lesson Plan: Maximize Meals with Mushrooms

Monday, 28 July 2014 13:33

The Culinary Institute of America introduces an online learning experience focusing on the “blendability” of mushrooms at ciaprochef.com.

The Culinary Institute of America introduces a free online learning course, “Maximize Meals with Mushrooms!” available at http://www.ciaprochef.com/mushrooms/index.html?source=HomeBanner&segment=Mushrooms. Inspired by the meaty nature of mushrooms, the course highlights the creative potential of mushrooms blended with meat—an idea that boosts flavor, enhances nutrition and saves money.

“Maximize Meals with Mushrooms!”explores this concept of “blendability” in recipes drawn from global kitchens, from Mexico to Italy to China. The e-learning course includes chef-tested recipes, all downloadable and demonstrated in streaming video by CIA chef-instructor Bill Briwa, CEC.

Lesson Plan: All Things Potatoes

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:27

Potato prep problems? Your students are one click away from the solution. Questions about au gratin, baked, mashed, potato salad and french fries are answered online.

Courtesy of the Idaho Potato Commission

Here’s a scenario to offer students: It’s the middle of the dinner rush, and the french fries are coming out of the fryer darker than usual. What’s an operator to do when a potato-preparation crisis arises?

Have them head to the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) All Things Potatoes page. As the potato industry’s best resource for product information (varieties, handling, storage) and usage (preparation tips and recipes), the IPC collected targeted solutions and recommended recipes for five potato menu standards: All Things Au Gratin Potatoes, All Things Baked Potatoes, All Things Mashed Potatoes, All Things Potato Salads and All Things French Fried Potatoes.

Under each heading, students can browse Dr. Potato’s posts on best practices, optimal outcomes and profitability tips. Scrolling down, the IPC provides technique videos and a wide-ranging selection of recipes in each category. Future plans to expand available topics include hash browns and potato skins.

While students visit https://idahopotato.com/foodservice, have them check out the IPC’s comprehensive recipe database, refer to a helpful size guide and Idaho® potato preparation tips, find answers and solutions to operational and culinary FAQs, or ask Dr. Potato a question. 

Lesson Plan: Knife and Steel Construction

Thursday, 01 May 2014 03:00

Courtesy of Mercer Cutlery

This in-depth lesson plan on knife construction, composition, maintenance/care and proper sharpening of professional knives was presented at the American Culinary Federation’s 2014 Central Regional Conference in St. Louis in March by Chef Chris Parker, business-development coordinator for Mercer Cutlery.  Attendees also enjoyed a technical dive into the world of German knife manufacturing.

Parker has been the corporate chef of Mercer Cutlery for three years. A graduate of Midwest Culinary Institute in Cincinnati, his background includes cooking in restaurants from Ohio to New York.

The level of this lesson plan is intermediate, making it appropriate for culinary-arts students’ professional growth. Download the .pdf file from the hyperlink below. 

Lesson Plan: Beef Checkoff Launches Online Community for Training Program

Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:00

Beef University boosts beef knowledge of educators and students.

Last month, the Beef Checkoff Program unveiled a new web-based platform for its popular training program, Beef University. For nearly a decade, foodservice professionals have relied on checkoff training tools to educate staff on how beef is brought to market, from farm to fork.

Beef University educates on all facets of beef—from production and product quality to marketing and merchandising. Downloadable tools include PowerPoint presentations, fact sheets and videos, all of which can be used for customized training in the classroom. 

Lesson Plan: Fresh Mango

Saturday, 01 February 2014 03:00

Approved by the ACF for CEHs, this curriculum released in January arrives at a time when mango consumption in the United States is up considerably.

Courtesy of the National Mango Board

The National Mango Board announces the release of its new education materials for culinary students, culinary instructors and professional chefs. Fresh Mango-The Basics for Foodservice video and Fresh Mango Curriculum cover the product essentials from how mangos grow to how to maximize their menu versatility—everything operators need to create fresh, delicious and healthful menu items with fresh mango. Culinary-education materials are available at www.mango.org/foodservice/culinary-education.

The Fresh Mango Curriculum has been approved by the American Culinary Federation for 8.5 continuing-education hours. Viewers may take the online quiz and program evaluation and send to the e-mail provided; the National Mango Board will review and send a certificate.

“In our foodservice program we’re finding that success using fresh mango on menus rests not only on knowing the basics of how to order and handle this popular fruit,” says Megan McKenna, director of marketing for the Mango Board, “but also with understanding the remarkable versatility of fresh mango across all dayparts, in sweet and savory applications.”

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