Monday, November 30, 2009

Myrtle Beach Restaurant News Features CIC Grad Steve Musolf

CIC GRad Steve Musolf is Chef De Cuisine at Maverick Southern Kitchen's Pawleys Island restaurant, High Hammock Seaside Kitchen. The Myrtle Beach Restaurant News recently gave him a shout out.
" An avid reader of industry publications, Steven Musolf is the guy to turn to for cutting-edge culinary trends. As Chef de Cuisine at High Hammock, Steven brings a fresh approach to Maverick Southern cooking. The South Carolina native has always felt at home in the kitchen. As a young kid Steven was always there to lend a hand to his mother in the kitchen and could even be found preparing his own culinary creations on the stove when she was not around, much to her dismay. As Steven got older he began working front of the house jobs at various restaurants, but continuously found himself drawn to the camaraderie he witnessed among the kitchen staff. Though he was in school studying to be a respiratory therapist at the time, Steven made the decision to change career paths and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College. While pursuing his education, Steven worked as a line cook under Chef Frank Lee at Slightly Up the Creek, a former Maverick Southern Kitchens restaurant.

"Following graduation, Steven honed his culinary skills as Chef de Cuisine at McCrady’s restaurant in downtown Charleston for six years before packing his knives and moving to California in search of new adventures. While in California, he climbed the culinary ranks at several restaurants and became Executive Chef of a Bay Area restaurant. Though enjoying his time in California, Steven had begun thinking about returning to the Lowcountry when he learned about the opportunity at High Hammock. As Chef de Cuisine at High Hammock, Steven’s dedication to passing the torch of cuisine is evident. According to Executive Chef Frank Lee, 'Steven has quickly attracted the kitchen and service team into his culinary orbit with an exciting new menu.'

"When not in the kitchen, Steven can be found cycling, a hobby he picked up while living in California, or spending time with his girlfriend and three dogs."
Photograph courtesy Southern Maverick Kitchens.

Sally Burnett, Community Volunteer Coordinator for 2-1-1 Give Help/Trident United Way, is Guest Speaker for Hospitality 132

Community Volunteer Coordinator for 2-1-1 Give Help/Trident United Way Sally Burnett (center, holding volunteer catalogue) and Instructor Shannon Hartman (on left behind Burnett) pause for a group photo following their discussion of hospitality leadership and community volunteer opportunities in Hospitality class 132.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving 2009!

This month, cookbook author and television personality Nathalie Dupree taught entertaining classes at the CIC, including how to organize your Thanksgiving dinner. Here's her famous recipe for mashed potatoes. It might be just what you need.
“Beaten” or Mashed Potatoes
Serves 4

2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/3 cup cream, heated
2 tablespoons butter
Freshly ground black pepper

Cover the potatoes with cold water by an inch in a heavy pan. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well.
Return the potatoes to their pan over a low heat and beat with an electric hand mixer or mash with a sturdy fork. Add some of the hot cream and the butter and blend well. Continue adding the cream until the desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
If not serving immediately, cool the potatoes to room tmeperature and store in a plastic bag for up to 24 hours. Reheat, adding more cream if necessary.
Variation: Everyday Mashed Potatoes: Use milk, buttermilk, or skim milk instead of cream.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving News Includes CIC

A Nov. 18th Post and Courier feature on Thanksgiving titled "Good Times, Good Food," includes the traditional family Thanksgiving desserts of CIC Adjunct Instructor M. Kelly Wilson.

"M. Kelly Wilson Pastry chef at Kiawah Island Club

"About Wilson: She was born in Barnwell but the family moved to Hartsville when she was 8. Graduated from the University of South Carolina with history and English degrees. Graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, became pastry chef at Cypress. She held that post for seven years until going to Kiawah this fall.

Wilson also teaches baking classes and a course on jams and jellies at the Culinary Institute of Charleston.

"'The other food tradition in our family is the inclusion of a coconut cake and fruit salad in the dessert lineup. Grandma made the cake. My grandfather had two food-related jobs on Thanksgiving. The first was to crack, clean and grate the coconut meat that was included on the cake and sometimes in the fruit salad. Carving the turkey was his other responsibility. In the days leading up to the holiday, my aunt Mary Jean would crack pecans for the fruit salad, too. Since we always had the cake and fruit salad, I have come to feel over the years that it isn't Thanksgiving without the pair.'"

For the recipes, go to:

Monday, November 2, 2009

CIC Grad Lisa Robinson Energizes a Benefit for Nkosi's Haven, an Orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa

"Keeping Nkosi's Legacy Alive: From Charleston to South Africa," a benefit for Nkosi's Haven, an orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Felix C. Davis Community Center at Park Circle.
The event will consist of various gospel choirs, singers, jazz musicians, poetry, spoken word, and African dancing and drumming. Admission will be free, but donations for Nkosi's Haven will be solicited. Also, vendors will be on hand to sell food and other items.
For information about how to "adopt" one of the children or mothers at Nkosi's Haven this Christmas holiday or to be a vendor or participant, call 801-2211.

Executive Director of the Royal Foundation and professor of business at Webster University, Lisa was featured in the Post & Courier's MOXIE section on Friday, October 30th. To read the exciting story of Lisa's life and her involvement with Nkosi's Haven, see: