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The wants, needs, and desires of college students are always evolving — trying to avoid the freshman fifteen, needing a late-night snack to power through finals week, or craving some biscuits and gravy on the weekend. If you’re lucky, you have a chef like Christopher Smith on your campus.

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Most culinary school students do it for the love of the profession — and expect grueling, family-unfriendly hours, and low pay when they graduate. But Le Cordon Bleu students were thrilled to learn about an better path, with Bon Appétit.

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When a local grape grower donated half a ton of grapes and a Farm to Fork vendor had several hundred pounds of apples he needed to get rid of, Mt. Angel Abbey Chef/Manager Paul Lieggi naturally thought about wine and applejack. Last September, local grower Mike Rava donated a thousand pounds of Maréchal Foch grapes to the Abbey in St. Benedict, OR. Paul’s team prepared to make grape juice. But when they learned that these were actually primo wine grapes, they started thinking a little more ambitiously. Front of House Server Lynne Rice had a connection to a local wine maker, Mike Cramer, so they visited him while his company was processing wine and were inspired to go for it. There are now about 60 gallons of “pretty darn good” wine brewing in the Abbey’s cellar, which will be used […]

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Pickles and preserves have long been staples in self-sufficient kitchens. In a recent Food Preservation class at Colorado College, students and staff discovered that the meaning and memories behind this lost art may be just as important.