From Chef Christopher Wolf, ccc, cce, cpi, csw and ACI’s Executive Chef
Hello cooks, chefs, culinarians, wine connoisseurs, and foodies. It’s time for one of our monthly updates again!
After issuing student surveys, having a town-hall style meeting for students to voice opinions, and a lot of planning, the ACI Modernist Cooking Club has gotten the green light to move forward! Our first meetings will be Thursday, February 25, from 2:30pm-4:30pm, and Saturday, February 27, from 8am until noon. The Thursday meeting is a planning and prepping meeting, while the Saturday meeting is more of a workshop. The club is open to students (both past and present) and instructors. This is a student driven club, made by YOU for YOU, and the success or failure of the club will be entirely dependent on YOU! There is an annual fee of $25/year to join the club, and that gets you into as many meetings for that calendar year as you like. We have created a Facebook page for the club to help with communication, so just search for ACI Modernist Cooking Club, and ask to join.
Our next Open House is on Saturday, March 12th. We will have all the usual tours and instructor interactions, and the extra-curricular class is the Molecular Gastronomy class with me, Chef Wolf. We’ll do all the fun stuff: spheres, caviar, liquid nitrogen, powders, foams, froths, sous vide! It’s always a great time, we learn a ton, and everyone leaves getting their money’s worth. If you want to sign up, call the school and reserve your space. The class is currently about half-full, so hurry, because we won’t offer the class again until the second half of 2016!
For the second year in a row we will be heading out to Tonopah Rob’s Vegetable Farm on Saturday, March 19th, to help Rob with another farm fundraiser dinner. About half of the teaching staff is volunteering their time to cook out on the farm. We’ll be pulling produce directly from the farm and cooking a wonderful meal for his guests. If you want to get involved, contact me at the school and I’ll let you know how you can help. Volunteers are welcome to join us while we cook on the farm…we had a BLAST last year!
Lastly, Du Jour is open for dinner service for about 4 more weeks, so don’t miss the chance to dine with us at night…use that student discount! As always, thanks for making ACI a part of your career and a part of your life. Remember, we’re always here to help. Have a great month!
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