Thursday, April 17, 2014

Two Special Awards Given at the 2014 Graduation Luncheon

Relish restaurant was the site this morning of the 2014 Graduation Luncheon. (See the CIC Facebook page for photos of all the smiling faces: CIC Facebook ) Along with certificates and kudos for all of the hard-working attendees who completed their programs, there were two special awards presented for service to and support of the CIC above and beyond.
The Dean Frankie Miller Hospitality Award was presented to Neida Borrero-Rivers and the Chef William Stacks Memorial Culinary Award was presented to Ms. Johnnie Gibson. Congratulations to all!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring at 181 Palmer, CIC's Downtown Campus Restaurant

Roasted Triggerfish, Warm Potato Salad, Pea Shoots, Dill Pickle Vinaigrette 

Buttermilk Tart, Meyer Lemon Jam, Strawberry Compote

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chef Kevin Mitchell participates in Atlanta tribute to Chef Darryl Evans

With Charlotte Lyons
former food editor  of Ebony Magazine

Last weekend, Chef Kevin Mitchell participated in a Memorial Scholarship Gala celebrating the life and legacy of Chef Darryl Evans. 

"Evans, who died on February 26 at the age of 52, was not only one of Atlanta’s most influential chefs, he served as a role model and mentor to a generation of black culinarians saw kitchen-work not as a dead-end job but as a path served as a role model and mentor to a generation of black culinarians who saw kitchen work not as a dead-end job but as a path to a creative and fulfilling career." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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to a creative and fulfilling career.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Read more about Chef Evans:   and

Monday, April 14, 2014

Congrats to CIC Alum Andy Henderson for a Great Review of Edmund's Oast

Writing of Edmund's Oast, the restaurant/brewery where Henderson is chef, Post and Courier reviewer Hanna Raskin states: "The venue, which represents the most significant addition to the city's upscale dining scene since The Ordinary opened in late 2012, has doubly proved that Charleston's Colonial past is rich for culinary mining.
"If you're in a Nordic mood, you'll want the poached shrimp, pressed onto a gently grilled slice of dark rye bread slathered with lemony mayonnaise and garnished with pickled onions and feathery dill sprigs. In the realm of bread and spread, though, nothing beats the airy ricotta cheese, blessed with a tang that's positively Pavlovian: I can't even write about the stuff without my salivary glands firing.
"Equally bewitching was the spiced turnip custard, served in a white tureen for a dose of yesteryear fun. Under a canopy of bitter arugula leaves, the custard has a splendid earthy sweetness that's echoed by the sauteed mushrooms tossed into the mix.
"Vegetarians will fare well at Edmund's. They can't partake of the extraordinary fresh charcuterie, which ranks among the city's best. It's difficult to believe Henderson wasn't working with an ark's worth of animals to come up with such a broad spectrum of flavors, flattered by an array of woodsy and fruity smokes. Nor can they enjoy the quality burger, buried beneath a rich coverlet of bacon, egg and cheese that makes Edmund's signature service of Underberg (a German digestif) as thoughtful as it is trendy."  For the full  review:

HCSA, the CIC student organization, supports the Charleston Horticultural Society's Plantasia fundraiser


HCSA was proud to support the Charleston Horticultural Society's fundraiser, Plantasia, with a concession tent. Called a "Green Market for Plant Lovers," Plantasia was located on Wragg Square, 342 Meeting Street, in front of Second Presbyterian Church. This allowed even more plants, vendors, and demonstrations. Plantasia featured unique, cutting-edge plants: tropicals, annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs, herbs, cold hardy palms, specialty trees and more. There also were “Member’s Favorites,” plants grown and donated by Charleston Horticultural Society members at bargain prices, as well as the “Real Yard Sale” featuring previously loved garden items such as pots, furniture and ornamental items.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CIC Was Proud to Support the 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run

 Kimberly McCall, Alexis Pierce, and Don Sadler

The Taste of the Bridge Run was held the evening before the race at the Maritime Center, overlooking the Charleston Harbor. CIC joined twenty-two other participants offering bites and entertainment. Thanks to Baking and Pastry Chef Instructor Kelly Wilson and team who served a runner-friendly fresh strawberry and Greek yogurt parfait topped with maple quinoa granola. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Congratulations to our CIC Scholarship Recipients!

The Maraleius Birdsong/Domino's Pizza Scholarship: Destin B. Allen
The Arthur Brabham Memorial/GCRA Scholarship: Christopher Carreiro, Mallory F. Ellis, Juana Galvan, Jennifer A. Hursey, and Suzan D. Rhodes
The Charleston Bed & Breakfast Assoc. Scholarship: Talisa M. Pinckney
The Charleston Wine + Food Festival Scholarship: Melinda G. Brown, Ashley L. Depew, Lauren E. Kelly, Sam J. Simpson, Savannah L. Weber, and Kristen D. Workman
The Charming Inns & Circa 1886 Scholarship: Suzan J. Endicott, Kathleen M. Epperson, Eugenia F. Fields, Brittany N. Meyers, and Jeremy A. Young
The Virginia B. Gourdin Scholarship: Csilla Black and Stephen Reyes
The Senator Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship: Amanda B. Click and Terrence C. Reed
The Hospitality Education Endowed Scholarship: Luke A. Barwick, Rosalee M. Matthews, and Herbert W. Thornton
The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Culinary Scholarship: Sierra F. Brown, Jessica N. Colon, Elliott T. Cumbee, Ashley N. Isom, and Elizabeth A. Vaughn
The Limehouse Produce Company Endowed Scholarship: Dennis A. Ward
The Brett A. Maynard Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Jennifer A. Hursey
The Nicole F. Miller Memorial Scholarship: Rainee P. Hale
The Clay Phillips Memorial Scholarship: Jennifer F. Monk and Paige J. Schaffer
The Trident Technical College Foundation Scholarship: Jessica A. Gunn and Talisa M. Pinckney

Congrats to CIC Scholarship Luncheon Speaker Talisa Pinckney

Congratulations to Hospitality and Tourism student Talisa Pinckney, recipient of the Charleston Bed & Breakfast Association Scholarship, for her selection as a panelist at the 2014 Scholarship Luncheon honoring scholarship donors and recipients.

“I was raised by a single parent. I am currently a single parent of three and take care of my mother, as well,” said Talisa. “I decided one day that I was so tired of working in jobs that did not interest me or make me happy, and I wanted to improve my family life and show my children that through any adversity that education is the key to improving life circumstances. I will be the first member of my family to graduate from college. In my family, that is a milestone and a very special moment.” 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Congratulations to CIC Alum Robert Sills

CIC alum Robert Sills was in town last week and dropped by for a visit. After quite a culinary education, including a management degree from Perdue, study in Italy, study at CIC, and a round in the Maverick Southern Kitchens restaurant, High Cotton, in 2012, Robert opened the Savannah Grille. Located in Lake Ozark, MO, at the top of the beginning of the Ozark Mountains and overlooking The Lake, "Savannah Grille is everything Robert stands for: innovation, creativity, a learning environment and most importantly, a family environment. After all, at the end of the day, it’s about the people at your table that you choose to share your meals with that matter and the time you get spend together."
You can see the  stunning vista from the restaurant in the photo above. Find out more at its website,, and on Robert's blog, .

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hospitality Dining Room Class Dines Out.

 Left to right: An Ho, Jessika Steininger, Ms. Buzzelli, Suzanne Wallace, Lia Capito, Neida Borrero-Rivers, Megan Slavin, Ms. Agnew, Emily Key, and Jasmine Cusack
CIC Hospitality and Tourism Instructor Lisa Buzzelli and Hospitality and Tourism Chair Patricia Agnew recently accompanied the hospitality dining room class for a tour and lunch aboard the Carnival Fantasy as passengers checked in for their cruise.  Hosted by Joanie Field, Business Development Director for Carnival Cruise Lines and Suzanne Wallace, Director of Sales for the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the group was entertained by delightful server Andrew from the Phillipines who made sure the fun ship lived up to its name with delicious food and a signature servers dance parade.

CIC Sponsors 2014 Charleston Wine + Food Beverage Seminars

Dhane Chesson of Vibrant Rioja with CIC Student Volunteers! 

Hallie Arnold of The Grocery and
 Gerry Kieran of Seanachai

Cocktails! Cocktails!
Dean Saboe delivers a welcome

Patrick Emmerson of Communion Wine Club and
Charlotte Voisey, Spirit Ambassador for Hendrick's

On the right: Charleston musical composer Edward Hart drew directly from his passion for wine when he composed Amori Vini, meaning “for the love of wine,” a three movement piece paying homage to the wines of Bordeaux, Madeira and Tempranillo. Dr. Hart and Master Sommelier Devon Broglie of Whole Foods Market led attendees to taste, talk and listen through the savory sounds of each wine as they were brought to life by talented musicians from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Photographs from the 2014 Night in the Valley Wine Dinner and Auction

TTC Night of the Valley Wine Dinner and Auction 2014
Congratulations and thanks to all of the CIC students who cooked and served - and made A Night in the Valley Wine Dinner and Auction such a success! The Trident Technical College Foundation’s 11th annual A Night in the Valley wine dinner and auction, held Friday, Jan. 31, grossed more than $480,000, making it the foundation’s most successful fundraising event ever. The money raised came from sponsorships, ticket sales, silent and live auctions, and a special appeal during the dinner.

Monday, March 17, 2014

CIC grads Jamie Simpson and Ulfet Ralph Support Team USA of 2015 Bocuse d’Or World Cooking Contest

L-R: Chef Jamie Simpson, Chef Ulfet Ralph,
 Chef Kevin Mitchell working on Chef Simpson's
uni dish.

Saturday evening, Chef Farmer Jones' Culinary Vegetable Institute hosted a dinner to fund Team USA's training for the 2015 Bocuse d’Or World Cooking Contest. CIC grad Jamie Simpson is the executive chef for the Culinary Vegetable Institute and Chef Ulfet Ralph recently joined him there. Chef Kevin Mitchell also went up for the weekend. 
For more photos, check out the official Flickr account:
Chef Mitchell assisting Chef Phillip Tessier
 of the Bocuse d'Or Team

Chef Mitchell setting out the 'family meal'
 for chefs and visiting press

The chefs and Farmer Jones

Chef Gavin Kaysen's
Lamb Mosiac

Congrats to CIC Friend Brian Connors

CIC friend and former Chef Instructor Brian Connors just took 9th place in the World Ice Art Championships in Alaska! Owner of Ice Age Ice Sculptures, Connors worked for three days in 30 below weather. 

Post and Courier food writer Hanna Raskin reported that "The Championship sculpture is still on display in the Fairbanks park where it was carved; the event hosts a webcam at for ice sculpture aficionados who want to view the carving without getting cold." Read more in her report - and take a look at the CIC"s new mobile ad at the top of the page. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Two Boroughs Larder Chef/Owner Josh Keeler Speaks to CIC Students

Chef/owner of Two Boroughs Larder, Josh Keeler spoke to culinary and hospitality students on Thursday about his experiences communicating with staff, guests, and the media. In his talk, Chef Keeler expressed gratitude for his employees and high-profile chef mentors. When underscoring the importance public speaking, writing, and giving interviews, Keeler heeded, "I wish I would have had a class in culinary school that would have taught me what you are learning," as his rise to the spotlight has been a self-taught lesson.