Savvy Soups a Success!

Posted: Monday, February 24th 2014 at 1:16 PM

In Fall 2013, Chef Molinaro started a series of taste testing events for his HE 243 class as a way for students to get feedback from faculty and staff about their food and service. Each session contains 8 stations with about 4 students each. The students were randomly assigned a type of soup, and were responsible for creating that soup as well as their station's dining "ambiance."

Staff and faculty got to mingle around the stations taste testing the delicious soups and got to talk to students about their preparations. Students were eager to share their hard work with others and talked about what went into creating the soup itself. Some students also went so far as to explain the origin of the soup and the history behind it. One station even proudly displayed an Italian flag to represent the home country of their soup!

Although the students get graded by the points they received, the biggest takeaway is the feedback from the faculty and staff. Chef Molinaro joked, “If you’re going to be Gordon Ramsay to one station, you have to be Gordon Ramsay to all the stations.” All joking aside, Chef Molinaro really wanted the faculty and staff to take time to comment on the dishes so that the students would know what things worked, and what things they should improve on.

Overall, the event was a lot of fun for everyone involved. All of the students should be very proud of their work. On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, there will be another session of Savvy Soups at 10:00 AM and 1:15 PM, in HRM Room 141, Demonstration Kitchen. The participant taste testers sign up in advance through Shawnna Multine.

Upcoming Taste Testing Events:

Meat Madness

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM and 1:15 PM

Pasta Palooza

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

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