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Quad-City Schools: Culinary Arts students showcase talents at Wine & Dine in the Vines

The popular Culinary Arts program at Mountain Institute JTED (MIJTED), in partnership with Yavapai College, focuses students on three core disciplines: academic success, service learning, and catering.

This means MIJTED’s Culinary Arts students strive to achieve high levels of performance on industry certifications, including those for food handlers and serve safe, as well as the mastery of culinary skills.

This past weekend, MIJTED Culinary Art students took part in the annual Wine & Dine in the Vines event located at the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College. The event showcased over 30 wine makers, restaurant owners, and chefs from around the area who provided event attendees with tastings of their favorite edibles and drinkables.

The proceeds of this event directly benefits students who attend Yavapai College by providing them with scholarships.

The students prepared several gourmet dishes, including lobster deviled eggs, kangaroo in a puff pastry, and a chocolate dessert tamale stuffed with a sweetened cream cheese along with almond and fire-roasted pablano pepper filling, served with a green apple and tomatillo coulis sauce and whipped cream.

“It was amazing to experience working at such a high-end venue,” said Dani Cesarini, one of the culinary students.

After the event, the MIJTED culinary students were invited to participate as a restaurant vendor at the Verde Valley Wine Festival held in May over Mother’s Day weekend.The students are looking forward to this major event, one that could draw over 5,000 attendees, and excited as well for other events in which they will get to cater and give back to the community.

Mountain Institute’s Culinary Arts program strives to educate its students in all aspects of the culinary field. They get to experience this exciting and growing profession hands on, while they master its many skills and simultaneously serve their own community.

Mountain Institute, one of fourteen Arizona JTEDs (Joint Technical Education Districts), serves high-school eligible students in western Yavapai County, including public, private, charter, home school, and accommodation school students. Education partners include Yavapai College, and the following Unified School Districts: Ash Fork, Bagdad, Chino Valley, Humboldt, Mayer, Prescott, and Seligman.

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