Monday, March 30, 2009

LS3P Associates Awarded Honor for CIC Palmer Campus Design

"Architects Cook Up Feast For the Eyes" was the title of an article today by The Post and Courier columnist Robert Behre on the award for LS3P's design for the CIC at Palmer Campus. He featured a picture of the amphitheater similar to the one above, which was furnished by LS3P Image Studio.
The Post and Courier featured a photo gallery at:

At its recent Design Awards ceremony, the American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter presented an Honor Award to LS3P Associates for its work on the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Palmer Campus, its highest. Additionally, the team, led by LS3P architect Richard Bing, designed the CIC's space at the Main Campus on Rivers Avenue, which also won design honors.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Les Dames d'Escoffier Offers Legends Awards to Women in the Culinary and Hospitality Industry

Les Dames d'Escoffier is offering awards in three categories to provide internships to women in the industry:a week with a major New York state caterer, a week with a Washington state winemaker, or a week with Catering and Conference Services at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas. Applicants must have two years of experience and currently be working in the food, beverage or hospitality industries.
Apply at Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2009.

CIC Students Going to ACF Regional Competition


Under the leadership of ACF Team Advisor CIC Chef Ward Morgan, the ACF Greater Charleston South Carolina Chapter is fielding a team to the Student Competition at the ACF Regional. The competition will be held at Central Piedmont Community College on Saturday, April 18th and Sunday April 19th.
CIC team members Joe Branton, Jeremy Manley, Jonathan Kaldas and Meri Spalviero have been joined by Arts Institute student Joe DiMaio. See their dessert and salad above.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Scholarships Available Now

The Charleston Hotel and Motel Association and The South Carolina Tourism and Hospitality Educational Foundation will award a total of $3,000 to CIC students through scholarships. Applications must be completed and postmarked by April 11, 2009.

Go to: for an application or see Mrs. Gaynor Mueller, Assistant to Dean Saboe.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

CIC Students Mix It Up with Culinary Celebrities at Charleston Food + Wine Festival

CIC students volunteered to work at the 2009 BB&T Charleston Food + Wine Festival again this year, where top culinary luminaries included Chef and Food Television Network star Bobby Flay and seven of his chefs.

Details to come!

CIC's Own Joe Branton Wins Peoples' Choice Award at Nestles Waters Competition!

March 7th, 2009
Congratulations to CIC student Joe Branton, who brought home the Peoples' Choice Award from the Almost Famous Chef Competition! It was held by Nestles Waters at the Napa Valley branch of the Culinary Institute of America.

In February, Branton won the the Southeastern Regional division competition, which made him eligible to go to the finals. Keeping it true to home, Joe had created a dish of Pork Two Ways with Carolina Gold Risotto and Brussels Sprouts.

Culinary Department Head Michael Carmel and Chef Instructor Scott Stefanelli accompanied Branton to the competition. Thanks to Chef Stefanelli for the pictures above.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

CIC Students Create Cocktail for Food + Wine Festival

CIC student Kim Harrigal Pours Moxie's Pomegranate Persuasion
Photo by Alan Hawes of the Post and Courier

Last week, Hospitality Department Head Patricia Agnew challanged CIC students to create a cocktail for the Post & Courier's booth at the upcoming BB&T Charleston Food + Wine Festival. They rose to the occasion, coming up with a tasty and refreshing "Pomegranate Persuasion." Here's the announcement from the newspaper Friday Moxie section and the recipe.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Meet Moxie
"We usually give away mugs. But today, Saturday and Sunday, we're giving away drinks.Moxie will be wo-manning a booth at the Charleston Food + Wine Festival and handing out Moxie's Pomegranate Persuasion, a delicious libation created for the occasion by the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College."

1 part white wine (chardonnay recommended)
3 parts lemonade
Splash of pomegranate juice (to taste)
Splashof sparkling water (optional)
Fresh mint garnish
Mix completely, chill well, and serve.
Created by the students of the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College

In a follow up note from Moxie, we were told: "We sincerely appreciate The Culinary Institute of Charleston's creating the drink. I think it was a huge success. Multiple people in attendance said it was the best thing there."

Monday, March 2, 2009

FELC Summit Held at Palmer Campus

The inaugural summit of the Food Educators Learning Community was held from February 22 - 28th at CIC's Palmer Campus. Pictured above left is Chef Mike Lata of FIG restaurant, who taught a Master Class on "The Hog, The Whole Hog, and Nothing but the Hog," using a pastured hog from Keegan-Filion Farms. On Friday, CIC student/Gold Medal BBQ Master Tim Handy (above right) taught a "Southern BBQ Master Class" utilizing this great pork.

2009 Vintners Dinner Big Success

The annual fundraiser for Trident Technical College is the Vintners Dinner, a five-course black tie dinner for 500 guests prepared and served by the students and instructors of the Culinary Institute of Charleston. It is always a highlight of the CIC's year!