Attention: Future Culinarians!

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Love cooking and restaurants? Interested in learning how to become a chef or baker? Want to know more about the food industry? Well, our next upcoming event is just what you’ve been looking for. Join prospective Pima Community College culinary students as they enjoy an afternoon of culinary demonstrations, industry information sessions and meet-and-greet opportunities with local food professionals. Also, you can find out information about membership in the American Culinary Federation and our local chapter, the Chefs’ Association of Southern Arizona.

Monday Nov. 17, 2014

 Time: 3pm – 6pm

Location: Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus – D126 (Center for Training and Development Culinary Arts Kitchen), Jumping Cholla Café seating area and east side of the Pueblo Building in the courtyard.

Cost: Free for everyone

(All culinarians, ACF members, current culinary students and potential program entrants are invited.)

Scheduled Demonstrations (list subject to change):

Aquaponics Fish Grill and Garden Walk Around

Ice Carving Demonstration

Garde Manger Demonstration

Cake Decorating

Beef Carcass Identification Demonstration

 Purveyor Demonstrations

Rational Cooking Systems Demonstration

      Sauté and Grilling Demonstration

      Chicken Fabrication Demonstration

     Seafood Fabrication Demonstration (with PCC organic garden and Blessing Seafoods)

   Baking and Pastry Demonstration

        Molecular Gastronomy

This event promises to be both informative and entertaining for all those who attend. If you need further information, please contact Chef Mario Diaz de Sandi, ACF-CASA president, at (520) 301-1300 or Chef Elizabeth Mikesell, PCC Center for Training and Development, at (520) 206-5128.

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ACF-CASA July Meeting

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Our July meeting at Agustin Kitchen was an enjoyable one for all who attended. The turnout was excellent and included many culinarians and culinary students from the Tucson area.

ACF-CASA peesident, Chef Mario Diaz de Sandi, welcomed everyone and talked about the future of the organization. Current Tucson Iron Chef John Hohn talked about his experiences with the competition and gave tips to anyone interested in competing. Christy Wilson, a registered dietitian, spoke to the crowd about healthy food trends and how to apply these in the restaurant industry. Bill Bode from Shamrock Foods gave a presentation on the beef industry and supplied the proteins for the food demonstration. Agustin Kitchen Executive Chef/Owner Ryan Clark explained sous vide cooking and provided everyone with an example dish demonstrating the technique.

We want to thank all of the attendees and hope that we see everyone at next month’s meeting, which will be at The Shanty on Fourth Avenue.