Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 Study Abroad "Cruise Culture - Eastern Caribbean"

In June, the CIC division embarked on its 2017 Study Abroad “Cruise Culture – Eastern Caribbean” aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. Hospitality department chair, Nathan Rex, and Culinary instructor, Chef Joe Branton, accompanied 12 students as they visited St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. During the cruise, CIC students were directly exposed to cruise operations, including lodging operations, food service operations, entertainment/gaming/recreational services, and event planning. Some of the onboard experiences included back of the house tours, executive guest speakers, dining, and entertainment. While in St. Maarten, the students took an island bus tour, where they learned about history and culture of the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, France and the Netherlands. 

In Puerto Rico, the group was provided an in-depth culinary tour through the city of Old San Juan, where they tasted and participated in making some authentic dishes and learned more about the history, culture, and cuisine of the island. The final stop of the trip was in Labadee, Haiti, which is a private beach leased by Royal Caribbean. In Labadee, students were given the opportunity to decide on their activity for the day. Some of the activities experienced were a cultural Haitian village tour, reef snorkeling, and, of course, shopping!

As a result of an amazing week in the Caribbean, the experiences, skills, relationships, and memories that the students realized from this study abroad will be directly applicable to enriching their future careers in the hospitality and culinary industries. Now, who’s ready to cruise in the 2018 Study Abroad?

On the ship


St. Maarten and St. Martin

Puerto Rico

Monday, July 10, 2017

2017 CIC Distinguished Alumni Party

There was fantastic food and drink at the CIC Distinguished Alumni Party!
Following golf at the 3rd Annual TTC Pro-Am Golf Tournament Fundraiser, players and guests enjoyed a special after-party featuring the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s distinguished alumni. Eleven alumni chefs all working in our local community prepared elegant signature dishes from oyster stew and enchiladas to delicious desserts and specialty cocktails. Thanks to CIC alums:
Chef Michael O'Shaughnessy from Cassique at Kiawah Island
Chef Ulfet Ralph, The Lodge at Little St. Simon's Island
Chef Jonathan Kaldas, The CODfather
Chef Peden Rucker, Fish
Chef Corey Elliott, The Country Club of Charleston
Chef Jillian Rowe, Red Drum
Chef Chris Holme, Slightly North of Broad
Chef Anna Abram, Bishop Gadsden
Chef Jordan Fagan Siegel, Cru Catering
Chef Lauren Brower, Wild Dunes
Bryan Voss, Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits

Top to bottom:
Chef Ulfet Ralph, Chef Jordan Siegel with
chefs from Wild Dunes
Chef Jillian Rowe
Top to Bottom:
Chef Anna Abram,
 Chef Michael O'Shaughnessy
Chef Jonathan Kaldas
Top to Bottom:
Bryan Voss
CIC Student
CIC and Conference Services Staff
Top to bottom:
Chef Chris Holme
Chef Corey Elliott
Chef Peden Rucker