Dining services to offer cooking classes for faculty and staff

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    Students who walk into Market Square on a Friday afternoon may feel like they’re walking onto the set of “Emeril Live.”

    Executive chef Charlie Guajardo is scheduled to teach cooking classes twice a month to university faculty and staff members at Expeditions in Market Square.

    Legia Abato, district marketing manager of Sodexo Inc., the food service provider to the university, said Sodexo created the classes after faculty and staff expressed interest in a cooking program to Dining Services.

    Previously, Dining Services programs had been geared toward students, not faculty and staff, Abato said. The class was created as an effort to include university employees, she said.

    “The faculty and staff on campus … they’re part of the community, but they often kind of get left out because everything is targeted to (students),” Abato said.

    The class may open to students as the semester progresses, Abato said.

    Guajardo said he planned to perform the cooking demonstrations in a style similar to that of cooking shows on the Food Network.

    The preparation of the food will take place behind the counter while he explains the process step by step, Guajardo said. The demonstration will be broadcast on television screens throughout Market Square so that students, who cannot sign up for the class, could follow the class as well, he said.

    “It’s a show, but it’s also a class,” Guajardo said. “That’s why we call it an expedition. It’s an experience.”

    Recipes will be distributed to those attending the class before the demonstration and can be taken home with participants.

    The structure of the class is meant to help participants learn techniques they could use on their own, Guajardo said.

    “This way, they see me do everything,” he said. “They get to come back here and do everything, and now they’re going to take this and go home and say, ‘Hey, honey, I can make this for you. I learned this today.'”

    The recipes for the demonstrations will come from both himself and Sodexo, Guajardo said.

    The class, which will cost $12 per session, is scheduled for 1 p.m. every other Friday.

    No faculty or staff attended the first class on Sept. 11, Abato said. Dining Services plans to promote the next class, which is scheduled for Sept. 25, she said.

    Faculty and staff members who are interested in signing up for the class can send an e-mail to [email protected]

    Cooking Classes

    When: Sept. 25, and again every other Friday

    Time: 1 p.m.

    Cost: $12 per session

    Where: Expeditions in Market Square