Farm to Fork Dinner Raises Funds to Support Ashley Ridge High School’s Agriculture and Culinary Programs

May 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

Culinary and Agricultural Students Grow and Raise Their Own Food to Learn Career Skills

Not every child has an opportunity or desire to go to college or culinary school. The staff at Summerville’s Ashley Ridge High School has acknowledged this in a way that goes well beyond intent and straight to a “classroom” farm and culinary training table.

The students’ education is part of Fox Ridge Farm, an educational farm on the school’s campus. The farm oversees and maintains livestock, vegetable and greenhouse production, forestry, wildlife management, and turf grass management. Fox Ridge Farm is comprised of ten acres and is the first GAP (Good Agricultural Practices ) certified farm operated by a school. School staff work with the students who are given hands-on instruction while participating in daily farm operations and responsibilities. Back in the kitchen Rachel Blank oversees the culinary program with her students.

The school held its second annual Farm to Fork Dinner on May 3,  featuring fresh produce and  hog they raised. The pig was was cooked and smoked by Sweatman’s BBQ, but all of the remaining food collection, cooking and service was performed by enthusiastic students of the culinary program.

Two members of Charleston Hospitality Group’s marketing team, Timmi-Jo Pashuta and Holly Herrick, were graciously invited to attend. The family-style dinner kicked off with a simple and exquisitely fresh salad of greens picked late that very same day from the school gardens by the students. Lightly and expertly tossed in a fresh herb vinaigrette, it was followed by platters of pulled pork, rife with pure pig flavor, delicately enhanced with smoke and pungent mustard  and vinegar-based sauces. Layered potato gratin, four cheese macaroni and cheese and fruit and fresh fruit parfaits finished the fabulous feast.

All proceeds from the Farm to Fork Dinner go back to the Agriculture and Culinary Programs at Ashley Ridge High School.  Ashley Ridge High School is located at 9800 Delemar Highway, Summerville, SC 29485.

 

Get a Free Culinary Kick Start from Palmetto Goodwill and CHG

March 2, 2018 § Leave a comment

Are you looking for an opportunity to get your foot in the door of the booming Charleston restaurant scene? Maybe you’re looking to switch fields all together and begin a new culinary career path? If so, our Culinary Kick-Start program is for you!

Apply now for a free 8-day culinary training designed to get you prepared to begin a career with top employers.

  • Hands-On Training. You will begin the program with four full days of prep-cook training at Lowcountry Food Bank , learning food safety and sanitation, kitchen equipment and knife basics. You will then have the opportunity to work in real working kitchens such as Cove Oyster Bar and Grille. In this portion of the course, you will focus on developing your palettes while furthering your education in kitchen saftey, mise en place, equipment and more.
  • Job Readiness Course. Succeeding in the workplace requires more than experience and training. Employers are looking for team members who have the “soft skills” that lead to long-term success. Goodwill will provide you with the tools you need to get, keep and excel in your new job including creating a stand-out resume, acing the interview and applying conlict resolution techniques.
  • Job Placements. Following the program, Goodwill will work with you one-on-one to identify and prepare you for appropriate job opportunities including resume writing and interview skills. The program will commence with an opportunity to interview with Charleston Hospitality Group for available positions at TabbuliEli’s Table Toast!Cove Oyster Bar & Grille, and Honky Tonk Saloon . Available full-time positions start at $12 per hour.
  • Graduation. Following completion of the program students will be able to invite two guests to join them as they graduate the Culinary Kick-Start Program.

 

Program Timeline:
  • February 19 – March 11: Application Period
  • March 19: Employment Skills Bootcamp with Palmetto Goodwill (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • March 20 – 23: Training at Lowcountry Food Bank (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
  • March 26 – 27: Chef apprenticeships with Charleston Hospitality Group (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • March 28: Graduation
  • March 29: Job Interviews

“Cooking has always been my passion. The best part of the program was the people. The hands-on training is important. I start my new job Monday because of this program.”
– Zena Schultes

“I loved being able to train at different companies at a fast pace. It was a diverse group and I enjoyed that. The program is great for job placement. I already started my job through Good Food Catering.”
– Victoria Robinson

“I joined the program to refine my cutting skills and learn cooking as whole. I got what I came for. The highlight of the program was working with the chefs. This program helped me get the job opportunity I deserve.”
– Nicole Gourdine

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