The HFH community at Allie’s Place Family Residence received a special delivery last month. Families were able to enjoy nutritious, and delicious, meals from supporter The Little Beet restaurants on behalf of one of their loyal customers.
First Knife Skills Cohort Graduates from Allie's Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment This November, Allie's Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment graduated its first Knife Skills cohort. The Center's Knife Skills program consists of six sessions covering the foundations of kitchen culture and cutting techniques. Knife Skills, as with all of the Center for Culinary Education & Employment's programming, is intended to prepare students for careers in the culinary industry, from commercial kitchens to cafes. Upon completion of all six sessions, all Knife Skills graduates receive a certificate, tool kit, and guidance on how to sign up for a New York State Food Handler's Card, which is funded by HFH and is required for employment in
Cooking Up New Approaches to Culinary Education at HFH Opening its doors at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Allie’s Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment has learned to be nimble, resilient, and innovative from the beginning. As HFH’s culinary staff gear up to welcome their first co-hort of students for the Center’s core training program, they have taken advantage of the unique circumstances to reach new potential trainees, cultivate fundamental skills, and spur enthusiasm for future programming. HFH culinary staff have been conducting weekly virtual culinary workshops, providing all participants with necessary ingredients and cooking utensils delivered to their units. The workshops introduced parents to fundamental cooking skills, such as chopping techniques, while allowing them to master a new recipe every week. Noting
HFH Culinary Team Tackles Virtual Learning with “What’s Cooking at Allies’ Place” With in-person learning on hold for the time being, the culinary team at HFH has taken on the world of virtual culinary education. Every Thursday, each student and their parent is provided with all necessary ingredients and cooking utensils needed to master the recipe of the week. Students and their parents then tune in with David Belmar, the Afterschool Manager at Allie’s Place, Robert Seixas, the Director of Culinary Education at HFH, and Evan Dobie, Lead Culinary Instructor at HFH. The chefs then lead the class step-by-step through the recipe of the week. Not only are the students taught the basics of cooking, like washing your hands
Director of Culinary Education at HFH Talks Baking with Mashed.com In a recent article on Mashed.com, Robert Seixas, Director of Culinary Education at HFH, chatted with Randi Gollin about the "The biggest mistakes you make when baking muffins." Seixas highlighted the importance of preheating the oven when baking, reminding bakers to let the oven "heat for 10 minutes more before putting your muffins in, because there are still cool spots in the oven." Other tips from the article include making sure your ingredients are not expired and refraining from over-mixing the batter. To learn more about the mistakes you may be making when baking muffins, check out the full article HERE.
Introducing Healthy Microwave Meals Vol. 1: Fast & Affordable Family Recipes Healthy Microwave Meals Vol. I is a cookbook developed by HFH's Culinary Education team filled with easy, affordable, kid-friendly recipes. The project was designed to provide healthy snack and meal options for families at HFH, many of whom use the microwave as their primary cooking appliance. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've expedited the distribution of Healthy Microwave Meals Vol. 1, so that our families can explore new recipes while they are staying at home together. Healthy Microwave Meals also features plenty of options, like turkey & vegetable soup, baked apples, and vegetable curry, for celebrating National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month this June. In addition to breakfast, lunch, dinner,