Durham, NH, October 25, 2009- Mollie Katzen, award winning author of the famed Moosewood Cookbook, embraces the work of University of New Hampshire (UNH) hospitality management students for Simply Southern, a Gourmet Dinner to be held November 20th and 21st, 2009. The theme reflects the regional distinction as well as the simple, warm pleasure of fine food and drink, hospitality and good company. Mollie’s newest book get cooking. will be available for sale and a book signing will take place during the cocktail hour from 6 to 7 o’clock in the evening.
Mollie Katzen’s visit to UNH combines the Gourmet Dinners, a campus lunch cooking session with University Dining and book signing. She is also a new member of the EcoGastronomy advisory board—the first dual major of its kind offered in the country.
The students enrolled in the Advanced Food and Beverage Management course embrace the challenge of creating a fine dining, nonprofit venture. The time-honored Gourmet Dinners, dating back twenty-five years or more, give students a glimpse of what is to come after graduation, as they take full responsibility for budgeting, service standards, marketing, sustainable practices and ethics surrounding a high-end event. And the students are expected to develop a theme and menu that will capture guest interest within a targeted demographic.
Six of approximately 20 students are chosen for executive leadership and the remaining become mid-level management. The preparatory experience smoothes the transition as students rise to upper management in hotels, inns, food establishments or other hospitality positions. The executive and management teams dedicate an immense amount of time, nearly 15 hours a week outside the classroom—often difficult for a full-time student.
Simply Southern, The Heart of Hospitality will feature six courses of southern-inspired dishes with local ingredients as available, while capturing the excitement surrounding Mollie Katzen’s visit to UNH.
The dinner will take place at Stillings, 20 Ballard Drive, Durham, NH, on November 20, beginning with a cocktail hour and book signing at 6 o’clock and dinner to follow. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.wsbe.unh.edu/gourmetdinner .