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‘Love to Cook’: Bistro Live’s Cooking Classes

‘Love to Cook’: Bistro Live’s Cooking Classes


OK, so you know how to boil Ramen.

Wouldn’t you rather be baking chicken, searing pork chops or hand-making fresh salsa?

Whether you live off campus and are feeding yourself for the very first time, or stay in a residence hall with a meal plan, SUNY Cortland’s Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) will help you learn important cooking skills and get a free meal in the process.

This week, ASC’s culinary experts began hosting ‘Love to Cook,’ a weekly series of cooking classes focused on healthy eating tips, cooking techniques, tasty recipes and kitchen skills.

Two classes are held every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. throughout the spring semester, with the final class on April 26. The classes take place at The Bistro Live demonstration kitchen in the Student Life Center’s Bistro off Broadway.

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A chef at The Bistro Off Broadway shows several students how to prepare tasty and healthy meals themselves.

Dining manager John Donovan, executive chef James Webb, and cook Elias Cushner teach the series of hands-on cooking classes. Nutritionist Andrea Hart answers nutrition questions students may have.

“Learning culinary skills produces lifelong healthy habits,” said Theresa Baker, director of dining services for ASC. “ ‘Love to Cook’ fits with Dining Services’ and The College’s mission of health and wellbeing.”

Each month the class theme will correspond with the ASC’s health initiatives — “My Plate” in February, “Whole Grains” in March and “Vegetables” in April.

Meal details for each class can be found online.

“We want students to feel confident enough to whip up something and expand their repertoire,” Baker said. “The cooking classes offer yet another way for them to ‘sharpen’ their skills.”

Class sizes are limited. To participate or receive more information, contact Donovan.

Prepared by Communications Office writing intern Charlie Beeler