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The South Bryant Thanksgiving Dinner gave
students, community and Metro Tech staff the chance to be served by the Culinary Arts students and enjoy a meal that was prepared by the Culinary Arts students. The meal was $9.95 for a buffet style dinner of cranberry salsa, roasted pork loin, turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, salad with vinaigrette, and several types of dessert. We put a lot of time and effort to making sure it was one of the best meals ever tasted. It took students three days to prepare the meal. My favorite part of this whole experience was preparing and setting up the dishes, something I have never done on such a large scale.
Something else I have never done was show high school students what we do in Culinary Arts. A couple other students,Alexa and Yessina, and I created a couple of garnishment displays. We used carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, lemons, oranges, cucumbers, and green apples. They looked fabulous! It was nice to show future Metro Tech students what Culinary Arts is all about.
This year’s Culinary Arts Assistants prepared Oklahoma’s State meal: chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and corn. The day before we cooked the meal, we prepped all the ingredients. The Oklahoma State meal was our introduction to cooking, seeing as how it was our first time in a professional kitchen. To me, this was the best part; becoming familuar with all of the equipment.
We learned some fun facts about Oklahoma. Did you know the Oklahoma state drink is milk? I
Preparing the meal required a lot of teamwork to pull it off. In the end we were more than satisfied, especially after only having 30 minutes to scarf it down and clean the kitchen! We were rushed to enjoy all of our hard work but it was still a great experience. Be sure to catch up with me next time to learn about the upcoming,
wonderful experiences of the culinary mind and professional kitchen.
We all had fun, relaxed and
ate! We had mini weenies, cupcakes and a zebra cake made by fellow blogger, Donna. The food was great and the company was even better. Too bad I didn’t get to try the cake. The party was during the last hour of the morning class. It may have spilled into the second class after lunch.
This is just one of the many events
(and delicious food) to come. First-year students get to cook this week. Be sure to check back with me on the MTC blog because I will have coverage of my culinary experience. Stay tuned!