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RCC Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center Food Enthusiast Program Announces New Classes February 13 - March 31

Date: January 17, 2020

(Rockland) -- The Rockland Community College Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center, located at 70 Main Street in Nyack, launched its Food Enthusiast Program last fall to great acclaim. Six new classes are scheduled for February and March and are open to the community.

“Our classroom kitchen offers 10 workstations with the same equipment we use in our outstanding culinary arts program,” says Mark Davidoff, Director of the Center. “There is also a teaching station equipped with audio and video technology so that students can easily hear and see exactly what the steps are for each lesson. Students will work together and enjoy a fun, hands-on cooking experience led by a professional chef instructor.”

  • A Cupid’s Couples Dinner on February 13, taught by Don Eagle, will feature Osso Bucco Milanese with lemon and garlic gremolata; potato-zucchini pancakes with a chive and black pepper topping; escarole sauté; and a frisée salad with candied walnuts and berries topped with a yogurt poppy seed dressing. Dessert will be classic Crêpes Suzette. After class, attendees can enjoy their food in the Market Dining Room. The fee for the class is $74 per person.
  • Get ready for Mardi Gras on February 19. Learn how to make chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, shrimp po’boys and beignets. Students may dine at the Center or take their meals home. The instructor is Mark Longo, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City and executive chef at Flik Hospitality Group, which manages the student-run café at the Center. The fee for the class is $64.
  • Skip ordering in tonight and instead learn the basics of making sushi. At the end of this class, you will be able to make vegetarian, California and Boston rolls in your own kitchen with the kit and skills you will be taking home. Don Eagle will teach the class on February 27. The fee for the class is $69.
  • Learn about the brewing process with Industrial Arts Brewing Company Brand Director Sofia Barbaresco. On March 11. Sample three of their signature brews and you will understand why this Rockland brewery is one of the fastest growing in America. RCC will prepare and serve foods that Barbaresco recommends to pair with those beers. The fee for the class is $54.
  • Have you always wondered how local wine is made? Learn what grapes are grown and turned into wine in the Hudson Valley. Sample food prepared by RCC, and wine fermented by Warwick Winery, paired by expert Stevie Millhaven, from the Warwick Winery on March 31 (rescheduled from March 4). The class fee is $59.
  • Spice up your menus with Mr. Recipe, aka Aaron Isaacson. He travels the world procuring the finest spices for the most exclusive restaurants, including Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Jean Georges. In this fascinating class, he will share stories about his travels, information about the spices that he buys and sells and, of course, share foods made with his proprietary spice blends. The fee for the class is $49. Date to be announced, check website for updates.

Registration for the classes is open now at .

Classes are being planned now for April and May. In addition to the classes, the RCC Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center has a unique theatre space available that seats 50 people with tables and up to 95 people without tables for special events or for corporate team building activities. For questions about renting the facility, call Mark Davidoff at 845-875-7571.

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