• Taste the Future at CSCC {Giveaway!}

    by  • August 29, 2011 • Events, Recipes & Meals • 42 Comments

    Culinary school has always been a fascination to me. People from all walks of life end up in school to train how to stand behind a hot stove for long hours. Why?

    prepping at CSCC culinary

    Columbus State Community College (CSCC) invited me to find out. Anna and I sat in on an International Cuisine course session, part of the culinary apprenticeship program.

    Making of a Chef, Columbus State Style

    Columbus State has a dual approach of intense classroom instruction combined with 6000 hours of apprentice work. Students learn about everything from sanitation to accounting, and menu planning to food preparation in the culinary apprenticeship program. They graduate with an associates degree and three years of restaurant experience.

    By the time I met the third year students in the International Cuisine class I observed, they knew their way around the well-stocked kitchen. Prep work was focused and jolly. Students sought the advice of instructor James Taylor, Certified Executive Chef, as needed.

    pots and pan suppliesconsulting with chef instructor

    I chatted with students about their aspirations. Many were looking forward to continuing in their apprentice kitchens after graduation. One wants to find a place in a military base, as her husband recently enlisted in the Army. Another hopes to continue on to a fine pastry school, such as the Le Cordon Blue.

    Taylor provided some additional insight into why a person might come to CSCC: for the confidence to cook great things. Taylor teaches students that a “recipe isn’t a be all, end all thing – it doesn’t excuse you from using your brain.”

    culinary students finishing dishes at the stoveblur of working chef apprentices

    Joking voices were replaced by pans clanking on stove grates and the sizzle of meat on the grill as the plating deadline approached. The teaching kitchen was a whir of activity.

    international cuisine culinary school presentationsshrimp and noodles dishlearning the dish tank

    Students delivered their dishes to a central table where they were gently critiqued by Taylor. The chefs-to-be analyzed their own work too, guessing why dishes prepared with the same recipe looked different and evaluating plating looks. Students practiced using the dish tank before serving themselves. As we tasted the dishes together, the students were clearly exhausted but endeared to this program.

    Taste the Future

    Low tuition is a hallmark of the community college system, as is a strong scholarship system. Taste the Future is Columbus State’s nod to their successful culinary program and their biggest community fund raising event.

    At Taste the Future, visitors enjoy drinks, music, and tastes of the finest dishes chefs have to offer. Many participants are CSCC graduates who return at Taste to give back to their school. Read the Hounds in the Kitchen 2009 Taste the Future recap for an idea of what the event entails.

    This year’s Taste the Future will be held on September 13, 2011 from 5:30 to 9 pm. Tickets are $100 each, available online or by calling 614-287-2436.

    Giveaway (Now Closed)

    Wish you could spend an evening sampling chefs’ best at Taste the Future? You can! Organizers provided me with two pairs of tickets to giveaway.

    To enter, leave a comment below with the offering you most wish to try at Taste the Future 2011. The menu of dishes is expanding every day.

    Giveaway Details:

    Contest entries close at 12:01 AM EST on Tuesday, September 6. Two winners will be selected with random.org. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to email notification with their mailing address for delivery of the tickets.

    Winners must have a US address. Only one entry per person please.

    Retail value of each pair of tickets is $200. Tickets are for the 2011 Taste the Future event held on September 13, 2011 at Columbus State Community College Downtown campus, 550 East Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215.


    Disclosure: I received a pair of tickets to Taste the Future, a tour, lunch, and tastes at the cooking class. All opinions are my own.

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    I live to eat and eat to live, planning every meal to include as much local and seasonal abundance as possible. I often wear purple and never refuse a drink.


    42 Responses to Taste the Future at CSCC {Giveaway!}

    1. Vanessa
      August 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

      I would LOVE to go to this. I’ve definitely considered going to culinary school and this would give me a great idea of where I could go and what I could do with it. Plus, I love food…

    2. Tim Price
      August 29, 2011 at 10:08 am

      Would love to go, this is one of the best events of the year! Right now, I’m most looking forward to the Creole Kitchen etouffee:)

    3. Angel
      August 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

      This has always been an, “I should have saved up for this!” event. While all of the menu choices look interesting I’d love to try the Beer Braised Buffalo in Lettuce Cups from Limited Brands. Buffalo is a great protein rarely seen on menus and I’d love to sample their recipe.

    4. August 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

      I’m interested in the Cookie Cop healthy gourmet cookies!

    5. Lyndsay
      August 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Amazing opportunity! Thanks for sharing the tickets!! :)

      I would love to try the: Olive Dusted Chicken Pincho with Cantimpalo Stuffed Green Olive

    6. Liesel Seryak
      August 29, 2011 at 10:18 am

      I would LOVE to try all of these dishes at this event, but the one that looks must delicious to me at the moment is the wild mushrooms in puff pastry with creme fraish – sounds savory and decadent!

    7. amy
      August 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

      I think this dessert sounds beyond intriguing! Southwest Caramel Pots de Crème with Adobe & Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips

    8. Maria
      August 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

      From Courtyard Restaurant @ Willow Brook, Chef John Lindeboom

      I would live to try the Cashew Encrusted Scallop, over Braised Leeks with a Citrus Vinaigrette Drizzle. The combination of flavors sounds so appealing & I’ve never been to the restaurant so it would be new to me also :)

      Although the gazpacho being offered by Mitchell’s looks simply unreal!

    9. August 29, 2011 at 11:29 am

      omg i’ve wanted to go to this EVERY year but i can never afford tickets. I would love to try the healthy gourmet cookies :) ahhhh!!! this would be so awesome!

    10. Bradi
      August 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

      I love this event, and am looking forward to all of the options. However, the cookie cop is definitely catching my eye, as it sounds delicious and nutritious!

      • September 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        Congratulations, Bradi, you’re winner number 2!

    11. August 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Oh! It all sounds so good. I would have to say the Shrimp, Chicken, & Andouille Étouffée over Mushroom Rice

    12. Sarah Morton
      August 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      I’m interested in what Barcelona will be offering. I have always wanted to go to this.

    13. August 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      I’ve wanted to go to this the past few years, but alas, it’s never in the budget! So much of it sounds good, but I’m thinking that pretzel-crusted chicken w/ honey ale sounds amazing.

    14. Anne Delekta
      August 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      I would love to try Chef Butcher’s offerings, especially the étouffée! This is an amazing event that I wish I could afford to attend.

    15. August 29, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      I want to try either the smoked salmon pizza or the blue cheese stuffed burgers. Yum!

    16. Zamantha Brown
      August 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      I am excited for the Scallop Pomponnette with Sauce Bonne Femme & Alpaca Terrine from the Refectory.. Such an amazing place with food cooked to perfection every time! It’s a place full of great memories and can’t wait to enjoy them on September 13th! :)

    17. Libby Villavicencio
      August 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      So many choices, and hard to narrow down, but I most want to try the Cashew Encrusted Scallop, over Braised Leeks with a Citrus Vinaigrette Drizzle.

      Columbus State’s Culinary School is amazing!

    18. Amy Witt
      August 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      So much to choose from, but the Southwest Carmel Pots de Crème with Adobe & Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips sounds incredible!

    19. Edwin John Yang
      August 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      I’m looking forward to Chef Butcher’s Creole Kitchen’s Shrimp, Chicken, & Andouille Étouffée over Mushroom Rice! But that can change when other menu items gets posted.

    20. Anne
      August 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      I have a friend who works at the Limited home office & is always bragging about how great their cafeteria is, so I’d like to try the Limited Brands menu.

    21. August 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Since I graduated from this program many years ago I always like to see what’s new with the yopunger students and the restaurants that participate, plus it would be a great excuse to take my wife on a date since that doesn’t happen very often.

    22. August 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Me me! I’ve always wanted to go to this! :)

      • September 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

        Congratulations, Andrea, you’re winner number 1!

    23. Elaine
      August 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      I would love to try several of the dishes, especially seafood. I’m hoping someone makes paella since I found a paella pan at the thrift store and want to try it!

    24. Melony Thomas
      August 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      I want to try the Sushi! :)

    25. Leanna
      August 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      I think this would be such a great event to attend! I’m interested in all the offering especially Wild Mushrooms in Puff Pastry with Crème Fraish and ALL the desserts!

    26. August 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      I’d like to try everything under the AVI menu, it all sounds delicious.

      AVI Fresh
      Chef William E. Guth

      Sushi: Spicy Tuna, California Roll, Vegetable Roll
      Smoked Salmon Pizza with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Capers, Chives & Crème Fraiche
      Angus Beef Sliders with Apple Wood Bacon & Aged Vermont Cheddar

    27. Stacey
      August 30, 2011 at 2:08 am

      I would love to go and try Jeni’s Ice Cream–trying it again for the first time since I’m addicted to this place!! Also, I’ve heard great things about Trattoria Roma so I’d try this after my ice cream.

    28. Melissa
      August 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

      The gazpacho with crabmeat looks wonderful!

    29. Elizabeth K
      August 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Bloody Mary Shrimp Kabob from the Columbus Fish Market!

    30. August 31, 2011 at 11:44 am

      I would love to go! I’m currently enrolled at the Midwest Culinary Arts Institute and a friend of mine referred me to this event which is otherwise beyond my means. This just sounds delicious: Roasted Garlic Mini Meatballs Topped with Parmigiano Reggiano & Pecorino

    31. September 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Wow! Awesome giveaway. I was just looking through the menu yesterday and wishing I could go. Now maybe I’ll win!
      Everything on the menu looks awesome, but the Smoked Salmon Pizza with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Capers, Chives & Crème Fraiche sounds yummy right now.
      Thanks Rachel!

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    34. Diana Sands
      September 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      My secret alternative career is owning a small soup and sandwich coffee shop in a smallish town. I’d love to attend the fundraiser. Oh, and Lindey’s duck confit, please!

    35. James E. H.
      September 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

      So many choices in such a short time. However, Watermelon Gazpacho with Crab…WOW!!! I never heard of it! And yet, my taste buds are so curious. Hmmmmm!?!?!?

    36. Matt W.
      September 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      I saw the phrase “S’mores with candied bacon” and my brain just stopped, all organized thought replaced by a primal need.

    37. September 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      This is 2 but it all looks good. Lamb Barbaco
      and all the scallop dishes

    38. Jordan
      September 6, 2011 at 12:34 am

      I am looking forward to everything! lol

    39. Terry
      September 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      Everything sounds wonderful. I would like to try everything!

      Seafood dishes esp. cashew encrusted scallops!

    40. September 13, 2011 at 2:50 am

      I am grateful to you for covering this with such authority.

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