Close to thirty students from Brittany Harrison’s Business Education classes at E.B. Frink Middle School honed their culinary skills and learned about nutrition during a cooking demonstration at Spice Bouquet of Kinston with owner Frank Crowley on Friday.
Students were invited to visit Spice Bouquet during the Students @ Work state job shadowing and job-mentoring initiative. The goal of this program is for the state’s businesses to help middle school students in their communities see the opportunities that exist in the local workplace. Spice Bouquet is a member of the Lenoir County Manufacturing Association and is a strong educational partner for Lenoir County Public Schools. Mr. Crowley has offered complimentary cooking demonstrations and shared his knowledge and expertise of using “great spices for great foods” on many occasions with LCPS students.
While preparing a four-course meal for the E. B. Frink students, he reinforced that healthy eating does not have to be expensive, but it does take some meal planning and wise shopping. He shared with the students how spices can add flavor without a lot of the harmful effects of some additives in processed foods. Mr. Crowley worked with student volunteer Skylar Jernigan to prepare and cook a chicken dish and Justin Holmes to assist with a salmon appetizer. Justin, who has an interest in a culinary career, said, “It was fun. I learned how to measure the spices and how long you leave it in the pan.”
Students experienced first time menu items for some and practiced proper table etiquette for all. Accompanying the students along with Mrs. Harrison were Principal Brian Corey and Media Assistant Beverly Jones. The Students@Work event was coordinated by Lenoir County Career Development Coordinator Jessica Shimer, who also attended.
In addition to the delicious meal, students were given all the recipes used during the cooking demonstration, were able to vote on their favorites and received a certificate of participation. Dates have been set for other middle schools to visit the Spice Bouquet this spring. LCPS wants to thank Spice Bouquet and the friendly staff for this wonderful career opportunity.
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