When we broke ground on our Agricultural Learning Center, we had a vision to share the center with students to illustrate how food is grown and the importance fresh whole foods play in our daily lives, said campus director, Marcus McMellon.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) March 25, 2014
The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts located at 6020-B Dillard Circle in Austin, Texas, is excited to host a Texas-wide high school open house on Friday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hundreds of students from across the great state of Texas including Austin, its surrounding areas and schools near Dallas, Houston and San Antonio will be in attendance to learn more about the school’s Farm To Table® Experience, the first registered Farm To Table educational curriculum in the nation. Visiting students will tour the school’s onsite 9,000 square foot Urban Agricultural Learning Center, participate in a Mystery Basket Challenge, view chef demonstrations of cake decorating and experience a whole pig roast led by Escoffier Chef Instructor and BBQ Pit Master, Chef Paul Petersen.
“When we broke ground on our Agricultural Learning Center, we had a vision to share the center with students to illustrate how food is grown and the importance fresh whole foods play in our daily lives. We are proud of the progress we have made which is attributed to the hard work and efforts of our current instructors and student volunteers,” said Marcus McMellon, Campus Director of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
Ingredients from local farms will be used in the Mystery Basket Challenge as students learn more about the school’s Farm To Table® Experience where Escoffier students spend valuable time working alongside Austin-area farmers and ranchers such as RRR Farm, Coyote Creek Farm and Dewberry Hills Farm. In addition to working with local farmers, the Farm To Table® Experience educational portion of the open house will include a whole pig roast and chef demonstration of whole fish butchery which will illustrate the challenges and advantages of whole animal cooking as well as identify various techniques for utilizing all parts of the animal.
Rounding out the event, students will view additional live chef demonstrations including how to use gum paste to make popular cake decorations.
“We look forward to opening our doors to students and their teachers to provide them with important insight into the education and dedication it takes to succeed in the culinary industry as well as relevant information that will further enhance seasonal and sustainable cooking methods associated with the Master Chef, Auguste Escoffier,” said Debbie Love, Director of Admissions for the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
In addition to the upcoming Farm To Table Open House, the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado will provide culinary scholarships to high school students nationwide. More than $100,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2013.
To learn more about the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, visit Escoffier.edu, call 866-552-2433 or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/escoffierschool.
About the Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts
The Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts offer professional culinary arts programs based on the methods, principles and systems of Auguste Escoffier, the international culinary icon and the source of modern cooking. Students have the opportunity to learn history and context directly from the Escoffier family, as well as from expert chef instructors.
The Schools’ Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts certificate programs offer rigorous industry skills training as well as grounding in the standards of professionalism and excellence sought by employers. Campuses are located in Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado.
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Marcus McMellon, Campus Director, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts