February 21, 2013

Owens Community College Students Showcase Catering Talents Through Snack-Themed Food Selections

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents recently were invited to experience an array of delectable delights ranging from handmade pretzel bites to Doritos encrusted chicken nuggets at the Owens Community College Terrace View Café as students within the Culinary Arts Program’s Catering and Banquet Operations class paid homage to some of America’s favorite snack foods in honor of National Snack Food Month.

The Catering and Banquet Operations class opened the College’s student-run Terrace View Café to the public as attendees enjoyed the opportunity to partake in handmade pretzel bites, Doritos encrusted chicken nuggets, turkey burger sliders on handmade sesame buns, puppy chow, candied pecans, made-to-order chocolate crepes, grapefruit sorbet, a Twinkies-inspired loaf and batter fried mushrooms, green beans, onions, cheddar cheese and pepper jack cheese. Owens’ restaurant is coordinated by the Food, Nutrition and Hospitality Department.

Owens students showcasing their talents were Jeremy England of Bowling Green, Jerilyn St. Clair of Swanton, Maria Lay of Toledo, Aaron Kato of Oak Harbor, Alex Smith of Wauseon, Julie Valentine of Toledo, Jordyn Rife of Toledo and Amber Simmet of Delphos. The Catering and Banquet Operations class is taught by Owens Food, Nutrition and Hospitality Assistant Professor Gretchen Fayerweather.

The Catering and Banquet Operations class is designed to provide students with experiential learning related to the planning, preparation, serving and evaluation of catered events, which meet the needs of clients and guests. Classroom instruction includes menu design and pricing, catering equipment, marketing and staffing for such catered events as themed parties, weddings, private clubs, hotels and other special meeting events. Students also explore techniques that incorporate banquet and catering operations into existing food service establishments.

Owens Culinary Arts Program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the rapidly growing culinary arts industry. Both the associate’s degree and certificate prepares students for food preparation positions in restaurants, hotels, health care facilities, resorts and country clubs.

In addition to Culinary Arts, the College offers an associate’s degree in Hospitality Management. As part of the program, students are provided with the skills and educational curriculum for a successful career in the diverse areas of hospitality management. Owens’ Hospitality Management Program prepares students for management and supervisory positions in hotels, restaurants, resorts and institutions.

Owens’ Department of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality also offers a three-semester Baking and Pastry Certificate Program for those individuals interested in becoming a professional baker or pastry chef.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.
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