October 9, 2017

Cake Fair Founder Inspires Culinary Students

Author: Erika Spence

Knock on doors. Take chances. Look for new experiences.

This is just some of the advice Kevin O’Reilly shared with students in Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Culinary Training Program. O’Reilly is the founder & CEO of Satin Fine Foods, Inc. and The America’s Cake Fair, which is hosting its second celebration of cake at the Orange County Convention Center later this month. He recently met with students to share his story of culinary success in hopes of inspiring future food industry employees. Read More …

August 27, 2014

MyPlate Cook-off

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Culinary Training Class 5 MyPlate cookoffIf you visited the food bank last week, you may have caught a whiff of savory Brussels sprouts, sizzling bacon or rich Gouda cheese melting in our Agency Lobby.

This week we challenged our culinary students to a MyPlate cook-off to demonstrate to our feeding partners how to create quick and easy meals with ingredients found in our warehouse.

During the 14-week culinary program, students learn about culinary arts as well as nutrition. In the cook-off we encouraged students to combine their knowledge of both.

Students were tasked with creating tasty, quick, and easy recipes, in addition to completing a nutrition analysis. Students received points for using ingredients only found in the warehouse; cooking with whole grains; incorporating fruits and vegetables; and limiting added sugar, sodium and saturated fat. Read More …