Food – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Food – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Food – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Food – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/living/food/ TV-G 63016882 Special thanks to Donna and her team at Bella Donna’s restaurant for amazing experience http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/02/special-thanks-donna-team-bella-donnas-restaurant-amazing-experience/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:11:41 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8242 by*protected email* Pittsboro, NC – I was coming up on my 15th wedding anniversary. Because it’s one of those milestone years I thought it should be more special than simply bringing home some flowers after my day at work. While…

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Pittsboro, NC – I was coming up on my 15th wedding anniversary. Because it’s one of those milestone years I thought it should be more special than simply bringing home some flowers after my day at work. While I was vetting some ideas I thought about the things my wife would like, and one of the things that she absolutely loves is great Italian food. But we eat Italian all the time, I wanted it to be a bit of an event to cap off a bunch of other stuff I was planning for the day. I then had an idea and I called Donna at Bella Donna’s to see if we could pull it off. I honestly thought she was going to tell me to go take a long walk off a short pier. My idea was simple, a table in the kitchen like I had seen at really high-end places in Miami and New York but but one that neither myself nor my wife had ever experienced.

Donna knew exactly what I was talking about, she called it a chef’s table. Without batting an eye she said she’d do it.  After confirming the day and time I left the rest of it up to her as I had a ton of other things I had planned that I needed to work through.

Donna did not disappoint! When we walked in in the corner of her kitchen was one of the dining room tables perfectly set up for a meal for two. Perched above the table on a shelf that probably holds dishes or some other kitchen supplies, she had set up a little speaker playing Italian music. The table was set up theater style with both of us facing the same direction looking out at the stove and pasta preparation areas.

The food was great as it always is at Bella Donna’s. What I had never known before was how much work and care goes into every meal. Every single strand of pasta for every plate is hand-spun fresh. I know, we were sitting right by the machine and it got used often.  There were constant checks by Donna over the quality of the food as it was being cooked.  In addition to our meal she brought samples of the different things that were on the menu for the evening. Some like the calamari that reminded me of my dad were  emotionally impactful beyond their great taste!

I don’t know if this is going to become a regular offering at Bella Donna’s, but I can say that the experience was one we will treasure for the rest of our lives.

If there is any regret to the evening, it’s that because it was the first time, Donna was on her best behavior. That means I got a lot less shouting in the kitchen than I thought I would. Who knows, maybe Donna will feel comfortable enough with customers in the kitchen that by my 20th that she’ll really let loose when the pasta primavera isn’t prepared just right! 🙂

Bella Donna Italian Restaurant

Address: 440 East St, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Phone: +1-919-545-0900

Hours: 11:00am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-10:00pm

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USDA encourages the use of food thermometers to be food safe this summer http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/04/usda-encourages-use-food-thermometers-food-safe-summer/ Tue, 04 Jul 2017 16:01:34 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7743 Washington, DC – Summer is a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques and plenty of outdoor activities with food as the centerpiece. But before those steaks and burgers go on the grill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and…

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Washington, DC – Summer is a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques and plenty of outdoor activities with food as the centerpiece. But before those steaks and burgers go on the grill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to remind consumers to keep their family and themselves safe from foodborne illness by using a food thermometer to ensure meat and poultry is cooked to the correct internal temperature.

food thermometer“The best and only way to make sure bacteria have been killed and food is safe to eat is by cooking it to the correct internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer,” said FSIS Administrator Al Almanza. “It is a simple step that can stop your family and guests from getting foodborne illness.”

Recent research by USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that only 34 percent of the public use a food thermometer when cooking hamburgers. If you don’t verify your burger’s internal temperature, pathogens may still be present. When eaten, those hamburgers can make your guests and your family sick.

In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people suffer from foodborne illness each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.

grilling foodSo how do you avoid becoming a part of those statistics? Follow USDA’s four easy steps to food safety this summer.

Clean: Make sure to always wash your hands and surfaces with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before cooking and after handling raw meat or poultry. If cooking outside or away from a kitchen, pack clean cloths and moist towelettes for cleaning surfaces and hands.

Separate: When taking food off of the grill, use clean utensils and platters. Don’t put cooked food on the same platter that held raw meat or poultry.

Cook: Always use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat and poultry. Place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food.

  • Hamburgers, sausages and other ground meats should reach 160°F.
  • All poultry should reach a minimum temperature of 165°F.
  • Whole cuts of pork, lamb, veal, and of beef should be cooked to 145°F as measured by a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat, and allowed to rest for three minutes before eating. A “rest time” is the amount of time the product remains at the final temperature, after it has been removed from a grill, oven, or other heat source. During the three minutes after meat is removed from the heat source, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys pathogens.
  • Fish should be cooked to 145°F.
  • Meat and poultry cooked on a grill often browns very fast on the outside, and by using a food thermometer you can be sure items have reached a safe minimum internal temperature needed to destroy any harmful bacteria that may be present.

Chill: Place leftovers in shallow containers and refrigerate or freeze immediately. Discard food that has been sitting out longer than two hours.

Need more food safety information? Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (1-888-674-6854) Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, or email or chat at AskKaren.gov.

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CCCC offers culinary youth summer camps http://chathamjournal.com/2017/03/15/cccc-offers-culinary-youth-summer-camps/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:21:36 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7388 Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College’s culinary program is offering youth summer camps in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties this summer. Camps in Chatham County include Culinary Teen Baking (June 26-29), Culinary Teen Cooking (June 19-22), and Kids Cooking…

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Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College’s culinary program is offering youth summer camps in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties this summer.

culinary youth summer campCamps in Chatham County include Culinary Teen Baking (June 26-29), Culinary Teen Cooking (June 19-22), and Kids Cooking Camp (June 12-15).

Camps in Harnett County include Culinary Teen Cooking (June 19-22) and Kids Cooking Camp (June 12-15).

Camps in Lee County include Culinary Teen Baking (July 17-20), Culinary Teen Cooking (June 26-29), and Kids Cooking Camp (June 19-22).

The Culinary Teen Baking and Culinary Teen Cooking classes are for students ages 10-15, while the Kids Cooking Camp is for students in grades K-4. Costs for each of the camps is $100.

To register by telephone or for more information, call the CCCC Economic and Community Development Division (ECD) Student Support Center at 919-718-7500. To register online, visit the website www.cccc.edu/ecd/find-classes/ and go to the Youth Summer Camps page.

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9th annual Pollinator Day celebration in Pittsboro on May 14 http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/20/9th-annual-pollinator-day-celebration-pittsboro-may-14/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:27:11 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6144 By *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – Come join the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association for our 9th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration on Saturday, May 14, from 9 am until 1 pm…

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Pittsboro, NC – Come join the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association for our 9th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration on Saturday, May 14, from 9 am until 1 pm on the lawn next to the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, NC. The purpose of our popular Pollinator Day is to raise public awareness of the importance of the bees and other pollinators that are needed to produce 80 percent of our flowering plants and one third of our human food crops. The event is co-sponsored by Starrlight Mead.

We have a great program planned for folks of all ages and all activities are free!

You can hear a presentation about beekeeping – how to get started, equipment needs, management tips – from experienced beekeepers. Watch an expert beekeeper work an actual hive inside a bee cage (bees inside, participants outside!) and see honey bees up close and personal. Learn about what to plant in your garden to attract butterflies and bees and other pollinators. Tour Cooperative Extension’s demonstration Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills and get a close look at visiting pollinators. Sample delicious foods made with local honey and get recipes for how to cook with honey. Learn about native bees and butterflies.

All Pollinator Day activities are free and open to the public. This event will be held rain or shine.

Address for the event: 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Chatham Pollinator Day Celebration

Educational Programs

You can hear presentations about beekeeping – how to get started, equipment needs, management tips – from expert beekeepers. Watch an expert beekeeper work an actual hive inside a bee cage (bees inside, participants outside!) and see honey bees up close and personal. Learn about what to plant in your garden to attract butterflies and bees and other pollinators. Sample delicious baked goods made with local honey and get recipes for how to cook with honey.

Educational Program Schedule:

(Programs will be in one of the tents on The Lawn at Chatham Mills in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro)

The Beekeeping Demo in the Bee Cage will be ongoing throughout the morning.

Show & Tell

From 9:00 am-1:00 pm, feel free to visit the display tables and talk with our Chatham County beekeepers and learn all about what it takes to produce the nutritious and delicious local honey available at Chatham Marketplace. Sample different honeys and foods made with honey, handle beekeeping equipment, learn about native bees, watch new bees emerging from honeycomb, and get your burning beekeeping questions answered. Local author Annette Meredith will be there with copies of her book Saving the Bees.

Pick up some educational literature to further your knowledge about honey bees, beekeeping, pollinators, and pollinator conservation. Learn about the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association and how you can get involved with this fabulously friendly group through monthly meetings and field days and even an email listserv – we welcome members of all skill levels: from never-tried-it (but always wanted to) to beginner to experienced!

Pollinator Garden Tour

At 10:00 am, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Garden at Chatham Mills and discuss how to attract and protect pollinators. The garden contains over 180 different species of perennials, most of them native to the piedmont of North Carolina. The garden provides three seasons of forage for bees and other pollinators.

Bumble Bee on flowerPrize Give-Aways!

Growing Wild NurseryMellow Marsh Farm, and Cure Nursery donated several perennials and shrubs that will be given away during the day, and Niche Gardens Nursery and Big Bloomers Flower Farm donated gift certificates and we will be drawing winners for those throughout the day. Fine dining restaurant Oakleaf donated two gift certificates, as did our friendly neighborhood co-op, Chatham Marketplace. Photographer and Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give way some matted pollinator prints and cards. Look for the sign under the big tent to enter these drawings. Drawings will be at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm. You must be present to win. Buck Naked Farm donated a basket of products from the hive.

Mead Tasting and Mead Making Demonstration

Ever tried honey wine? Co-sponsors Starrlight Mead will be out on the lawn with us doing a mead tasting throughout the day and a mead making demonstration at noon. Starrlight Mead has also donated a gift certificate for a Mead Tasting for 4 people so folks can enter for a chance to win. Visitors can also visit the meadery where they produce their award-winning honey wines on the Chatham Mills property!

Kids’ Activities

Visit our kids’ tent with lots of activities for kids including a plant-a-pollinator-plant, beeswax candle making, scavenger hunt, face painting, balloon pollinators, Chatham County pollinator coloring books, and more! Watch “Bee TV” – park yourself in front of an observation hive and watch the worker bees tending to the queen. It’s mesmerizing! Talk to some of our young beekeepers who will be on hand to share their love of beekeeping.

Thanks to Country Farm & Home in Pittsboro for donating supplies for our kids’ pollinator planting activity!

While enjoying Pollinator Day, stop by the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market which will be on the lawn with us. Look for the bee stickers on items sold by the vendors that rely on bees for pollination! The market is open on Saturdays from 8:00 am-noon and offers fresh produce, meats, dairy, eggs, baked goods, soaps, plants, flowers, and much more.

For more information about pollinator conservation, visit Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Conservation website at www.protectpollinators.org.

Visit the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association website for more information about local beekeeping. For more information about this event, contact *protected email* at 919-542-8202.

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Chatham County restaurant named one of ‘101 Best Restaurants in America’ http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/04/chatham-county-restaurant-named-one-101-best-restaurants-america/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:30:09 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6080 Pittsboro, NC – The Fearrington House Restaurant in Chatham County, N.C. has landed on the Daily Meal’s 2016 list of the “101 Best Restaurants in America.” The food and dining website sent a list of 638 restaurants to experts around…

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Pittsboro, NC – The Fearrington House Restaurant in Chatham County, N.C. has landed on the Daily Meal’s 2016 list of the “101 Best Restaurants in America.”

fearrington house foodThe food and dining website sent a list of 638 restaurants to experts around the U.S., and their voting determined the rankings. The Fearrington House, associated with The Fearrington House Inn and located in Pittsboro, is No. 85 and the only N.C. restaurant on the list.

The Daily Meal’s review of the Fearrington House Restaurant reads:

Fearrington Village, not far from Raleigh-Durham, is a residential compound, a cluster of shops, a farm, a spa, a wedding venue, and an elegant Relais & Châteaux inn with a first-rate restaurant. The kitchen is the preserve of British-born chef Colin Bedford, who joined the property in 2005 and has been executive chef since 2008. His cooking is fairly elaborate and his plates are, shall we say, artistic, but he works with local seasonal ingredients and the accents are sometimes as much Southern as they are French. There’s something both homey and refined about his white bean and smoked bacon soup with melted onions and rosemary (and Parmigiano, apple, honey, and Brussels sprouts — see what we mean about elaborate?); he likes sweetness with his savory creations, like parsnips braised in golden syrup and buttermilk and served with ginger cake, pearl barley, prunes, and grapes, or brown-sugar-cured monkfish with parsnips and currants; his maple-glazed duck breast with sunchokes and blood orange goes earthy with hazelnuts, mushrooms, and collard greens. This is showy stuff, but somehow it all comes together very nicely. The handsome, opulently set dining rooms, the attentive service, and the serious wine list are all part of the recipe.

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Chatham Empty Bowls fundraiser set for April 24 at Hanks Chapel in Pittsboro http://chathamjournal.com/2016/03/10/chatham-empty-bowls-set-april-24-hanks-chapel/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:23:35 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5982 Pittsboro, NC – The seventh annual Chatham Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit CORA Food Pantry is Sunday, April 24 at Hank’s Chapel Fellowship Hall in Pittsboro. The event features beautiful local pottery, a light supper of delicious soup and bread…

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Pittsboro, NC – The seventh annual Chatham Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit CORA Food Pantry is Sunday, April 24 at Hank’s Chapel Fellowship Hall in Pittsboro. The event features beautiful local pottery, a light supper of delicious soup and bread from local restaurants and bakeries, live entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres, and a variety of desserts. Your participation helps CORA Food Pantry feed hungry residents from all over Chatham County.

Chatham Empty Bowls Fundraiser When: Sunday, April 24, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Hanks Chapel Fellowship Hall, 125 Hanks Loop Rd, Pittsboro

Take 64 East (East St.) to Hank’s Chapel Road.  From Hanks Chapel Road turn right on Hanks Loop Rd.

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door for “The Works” (Handcrafted Bowl, Unlimited Soup, hors d’oeuvres, beverage and dessert). Food and Beverage only is $15 per person, Kids under 12 – $5 (food only).  Ticket sales dates TBA (will be posted on the website: www.corafoodpantry.org)

Chatham Empty BowlsThe Local Pottery is the highlight of the event. The ticket for “The Works” include a locally handcrafted bowl of the buyer’s choice to treasure and use at home. Potters from all over the Triangle are contributing bowls to the event.

Popular local eateries provide soup. Vegan and vegetarian soup options will be available. A crew of bakers from Fearrington Village are providing fresh home-baked breads. Admission also includes light hors d’oeuvres and a variety of homemade desserts.

All ticket proceeds go to CORA Food Pantry, which provides a week’s worth of food for individuals and families in crisis in Chatham County. CORA now serves about 500 families a month and expects to serve 20,000 individuals this years.  For more information on CORA (Chatham Outreach Alliance, Inc.) friend us on Facebook and visit the website at www.corafoodpantry.org .

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Calling all chocolate cake bakers and lovers to the 28th annual Bake-Off http://chathamjournal.com/2016/01/04/calling-all-chocolate-cake-bakers-and-lovers/ Mon, 04 Jan 2016 19:46:43 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5567 Pittsboro, NC – This year marks the 28th year of the Chatham County Council on Aging’s Chocolate Cake and Cheesecake Bake Off!  The Council invites you to this historic event on Sunday, February 7, from 2-4 pm to the East…

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Pittsboro, NC – This year marks the 28th year of the Chatham County Council on Aging’s Chocolate Cake and Cheesecake Bake Off!  The Council invites you to this historic event on Sunday, February 7, from 2-4 pm to the East Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro (365 Highway 87 N). February 7 is also Super Bowl Sunday—the 50th Super Bowl.  What better way to start your festivities than by joining the Council to enjoy the winning chocolate cakes and decadent cheesecakes, while supporting programs and services for older adults. For just $5 for adults and $3 for children, you can sample the winners along with milk or coffee. After the sampling, the remaining cakes will be auctioned off which means you can take one home with you or to your Super Bowl Party!

chocolate cakeAre you a baker? Register now! Bakers who want to enter their favorite delicious chocolate cake or cheesecake should do so no later than Wednesday, February  3rd, by 5 pm.  To enter, please call Megan Coggins at (919) 542-4512 or email at *protected email* with a fun cake name and detailed description. Drop off times will be the Friday and Saturday before the event.

Two first place winners—one for cakes and one for cheesecakes—will  each receive a $100 prize. Judging will be based on taste, originality, appearance and creativity for an overall score. Four second prizes also will be awarded. Don’t miss this tasty event.

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My Home NC: Johnson’s Burgers http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/22/my-home-nc-johnsons-burgers/ Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:53:43 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5079 Siler City, NC – It’s been recognized nationally as the best burger in North Carolina, but you won’t find this quality beef in the big city — it’s in Siler City. In her new series My Home NC, Heather Burgiss…

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Siler City, NC – It’s been recognized nationally as the best burger in North Carolina, but you won’t find this quality beef in the big city — it’s in Siler City. In her new series My Home NC, Heather Burgiss takes us behind the lunch counter at Johnson’s Burgers and shows us why people drive sometimes hours out of the way for a taste of cheeseburger heaven and a chance to sit a spell at this family-owned Siler City tradition since 1946.

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The Harvest Abundance dinner is this Sunday http://chathamjournal.com/2015/07/26/the-harvest-abundance-dinner-is-this-sunday/ Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:46:05 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=4861 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market is celebrating the bountiful season and vibrant local food community with the Fourth Annual Harvest Abundance Dinner and Fundraiser Sunday, July 26 from 5 – 8 pm at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.  Come…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market is celebrating the bountiful season and vibrant local food community with the Fourth Annual Harvest Abundance Dinner and Fundraiser Sunday, July 26 from 5 – 8 pm at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.  Come join this event and enjoy delicious farm-fresh food while helping to support small farmers and sustainable food systems in our community.

Harvest Abundance Dinner and FundraiserHarvest Abundance will be hosted by Oakleaf, a graceful, unique, and top rated in the Triangle farm-to-table restaurant, located at the Chatham Mills building in Pittsboro.  All of the farmers from the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market will be donating produce to the event, so it will be an excellent opportunity for fans of local food and supporters of local agriculture to gather together and enjoy the bounty of summer, fresh from the farm and prepared by the talented and adventurous Chef Brendan Cox.

In addition to heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert made with choice ingredients provided by our farmers, dinner will also include select wines and local beer. The event will also include live music, a raffle and silent auction of items and services by local artists, farmers, and businesses. This year the grand prize of the raffle is a Chef’s tasting dinner with wine pairings for 8 at Oakleaf, a $900 value.

Tickets to the event will be available at the door for $60 or can be purchased ahead of time for $55 at Oakleaf, the Saturday Farmers Market, or at chathammillsfarmersmarket.com.  Each ticket to the event comes with a raffle ticket to win the grand prize tasting dinner. If you can’t make it to the dinner, you can still enter to win the raffle. Raffle tickets for the grand prize may be purchased at the Saturday farmers market before the event.

All proceeds from Harvest Abundance will go to benefit Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market. Come get fresh with our farmers!

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CCCC Natural Chef Program has international flavor http://chathamjournal.com/2015/06/21/cccc-natural-chef-program-has-international-flavor/ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:31:02 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=4222 Pittsboro, NC – Central Carolina Community College’s Summer Natural Chef Certification Program has developed an international flavor. Three of the class members have foreign ties. Patricia Arbelaez lives in Montreal, Canada. Meriel Goodwin lived in Europe for about 25 years.…

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Pittsboro, NC – Central Carolina Community College’s Summer Natural Chef Certification Program has developed an international flavor.

Three of the class members have foreign ties. Patricia Arbelaez lives in Montreal, Canada. Meriel Goodwin lived in Europe for about 25 years. Audrey Wolff, who now lives in North Carolina, is formerly of Paris, France.

Central Carolina Community College International Chefs“I was looking for a program because I’m starting a culinary arts program in Montreal in September,” said Arbelaez, who learned about the CCCC program through a Google search. “I wanted to learn more about healthier ways to prepare foods.”

Goodwin, who grew up in the New York City area, said she learned about the Natural Chef program through an Internet search several years ago. “I did culinary training there [in Europe], but never worked in a commercial kitchen. That’s what interested me here,” she said.

Wolff, from Paris, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now lives in the area. “I thought it would be the perfect program for me because I’m interested in learning more how nutrition and how to care about people with allergies,” she said.

Chef Gregg Hamm, Executive Director of the Central Carolina Culinary Institute, says that all students bring a unique individual “flavor” to the class. “Students from various regions and now countries bring ethnic value, as well as information and experience from regional growth patterns and food uses,” said Hamm. “We all learn from one another while adding the professional outlook and experience of our faculty.”

The three women all had praise for the CCCC program.

“So far, it’s been very good,” said Arbelaez. “I like the fact that it’s a very small group, so we get to learn more.”

“I think the program is an excellent buy for the money,” said Goodwin. “I think the quality of the teaching has been terrific.”

Wolff said class members learn a lot from each other. “I really love it. I really enjoy it,” she said. “I was a little afraid at first because I didn’t go to culinary school.”

Classes for the 10-week certificate program began May 18 and ends July 30, with classes held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

The Central Carolina Culinary Institute’s Natural Chef Certification Program is a dynamic, innovative, and truly unique program.

“The program is very affordable to students locally and from afar,” said Hamm. “The program offers immediate job training skills needed for the culinary industry.”

Students study holistic nutrition and sustainable culinary techniques. They work hand in hand with the Central Carolina Community College Student Farm, and other area farmers, to gain real world experience with a farm-to-table approach to sourcing and agricultural stewardship.

“Our farm allows direct instruction of the season bounty of foods,” said Hamm. “It shows us the advantages of local foods and allows the creativity of cross-utilizing and preserving products.”

Students matriculate with a comprehensive understanding of sustainable and nourishing food practices, how to prepare delicious and therapeutic foods to avoid illness and promote optimal health, and how to navigate all the equipment and practices of a professional kitchen.

This modern approach to holistic nutrition and culinary arts marries traditional holistic techniques, knowledge, and practice with the latest culinary trends and equipment.

Wolff said she loves working with the fresh produce.

“It has been an incredible experience,” said Arbelaez.

Goodwin noted, “I think it’s terrific. I’m having a wonderful time.”

The Natural Chef program operates every summer at CCCC’s Chatham County Campus. To follow this and other culinary programs at CCCC, visit the website www.cccc.edu/culinaryarts.

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