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Tammy Donroe Publishes Wintersweet: Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home

[October 10, 2013] In her new book Wintersweet, Donroe concentrates on using fresh, local ingredients to produce delectable winter desserts featuring fall- and winter-season produce found at farmers' markets.

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Emma Roberts’ Capers Catering Wins Best of Boston Award

[September 11, 2013] Capers Catering has been wowing guests with innovative custom menus that focus on fresh, local ingredients for over 20 years.

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Joe Yonan Pens Cookbook Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook

[August 7, 2013] The book offers 80 globally-inspired vegetarian, vegan, and flexitarian recipes for the home cook, including Spinach Enchiladas and One-Peach Crisp with Cardamom and Honey.

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CSCA Alum Steve DiFillippo Blogs for The Huffington Post

[July 23, 2013] Steve DiFillippo, CSCA class of 1984, purchased his first restaurant at the age of 24. Since then, he has grown his award-winning Davio’s brand into an empire, with locations in Boston, Atlanta, Foxborough, and Philadelphia. Now, DiFillippo shares his secrets to success as a contributor to The Huffington Post’s “The Blog.”

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Emma Christensen Publishes Home Brewing Guide True Brews

[May 28, 2013] The 2008 graduate's accessible guide arms novice brewers with the knowledge to craft fifty-plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic fermented drinks, including root beer, pear cider, and blueberry-lavendar mead – even with limited space and the most basic supplies.

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Jason Kilgore Takes the Title at The Improper Bostonian's Bartending Competition

[May 22, 2013] The Improper Bostonian’s “Great Improper Bartending Competition” pits the city’s best mixologists against each other in a battle of muddling, mixing, and on-the-fly creativity. In the end, CSCA alumni Jason Kilgore PCP '07, currently the Beverage Manager at Catalyst, beat out five talented competitors to take home the title.

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Hong Xue's Barismo Hosts Coffee Speaker Series

[April 8, 2013] On Tuesday, April 9th, CSCA alumnus-owned coffee roaster Barismo will kick off Origin Week, a series of speakers and small events featuring coffee farm owners, mill managers, and producer partners.

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Nemo Bolin and Matthew Gaudet Included in FOOD & WINE Magazine's "People's Best New Chef New England" List

[March 11, 2013] Nemo and Matthew were nominated along with eight other chefs from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, and Rhode Island.

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Roberta L. Dowling Featured in "Morso: Little Bites of a Fulfilled Life"

[November 29, 2012] Linda Plazonja PCP '86 spent several days at the School with Chef/Owner Roberta L. Dowling, trying to capture her life's story. Linda recently posted her interview with Roberta on her blog, Morso: Little Bites of a Fulfilled Life.

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Alex Lewin To Give Live Culture Demonstration at Dewey Square Farmer's Market

[September 5, 2012] The author of Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen, Lewin will discuss working with live cultures and the foods one can preserve with them.

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CSCA Alumna Named Best Pastry Chef by Boston Magazine

[August 1, 2012] In its annual "Best of" issue, Boston Magazine named a few hundred of Boston's local businesses, restaurants, shops, and people as Boston's best. Among the honorees was Jessica Scott, a graduate of The CSCA's Professional Chef's Program in 2007.

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Theresa Hrivnak Competes on Food Network's Cupcake Wars

[August 1, 2012] Actress Minnie Driver judged the bakers, which included Theresa Hrivnak, a graduate from The CSCA's Certificate Pastry Program in May 2008.

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Suffering Succotash Chronicles the Life of a Picky Eater

[July 6, 2012] A memoir of sorts of Lucianovic’s picky eating habits during childhood and into adulthood, she hilariously describes self-conducted tests on her taste buds, consults with experts at Monell Chemical Sense Center in Philadelphia, and interviews many former picky eaters turned ‘foodies.’

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CSCA Instructors & Alumni Film How2Heroes Videos

[February 13, 2012] The CSCA is excited to announce that several CSCA chef instructors and alumni have recorded cooking videos for the website how2heroes.com. CSCA Owner and Executive Chef Roberta L. Dowling makes her signature decorated raviolis, as seen on the Food Network, for the holidays.

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Cheryl Sternman Rule

Cheryl Sternman Rule Publishes Cookbook


Cheryl Sternman Rule PCP '03
Author/Blogger
5 Second Rule
Sillicon Valley, California

[May 22, 2012] Cheryl Sternman Rule PCP '03 published her first cookbook Ripe: A Fresh Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables this year, collaborating with photographer Paulette Phlipot to present a mouth-watering selection of recipes and photographs arranged by color. On Monday, May 21st, Cheryl presented a short program and book signing at Les Zygomates in Boston. The event was well attended and Les Zygomates served several dishes replicated from Ripe.

She is the author of the blog, 5 second rule, which won the International Association of Culinary Professional's 2012 New Media & Broadcast Award for best Culinary Blog. Cheryl lives in Silicon Valley and has published articles in Sunset, Cooking Light, Health, and The San Jose Mercury News, among other publications. Read about Cheryl at cherylsternmanrule.com.

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Chris Cronin Featured in "Morso: Little Bites of a Fulfilled Life"

Chris Cronin CCP '05
Executive Chef
Washington Square Tavern
Brookline, Massachusetts

[May 7, 2012] Chef Chris Cronin is featured in Linda Plazonja's blog "Morso: Little Bites of a Fulfilled Life" in her May 4, 2012, post. Chris graduated from the School's Culinary Certificate Program in January 2005. He worked at Davio's in a variety of positions before joining the kitchen staff at Washington Square Tavern.

Read about Chris in the story Every Picture Tells a Story, Don't It? on the Morso website. His recipe for Veal Bolognese with fresh Tagliatelle is also posted on the blog.

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Nella Pasta Wins sofi™ Award

Rachel Marshal CCP '09
Co-Owner, Nella Pasta
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

[May 1, 2012] One of the products produced by Nella Pasta was selected as a Silver Finalist in the 2012 sofi™ Awards for the outstanding specialty foods of the year in the “Pasta, Rice, & Grain” category. Owned by Rachel Marshall CCP ’09 and Leigh Foster, Nella Pasta’s Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli was one of 125 Silver Finalists. A sofi is the top honor in specialty food. Gold winners will be announced at the Summer Fancy Food Show in June.

Now in its 40th year, the contest is held by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. A national panel of specialty food experts selected the Silver Finalists. Nella Pasta’s product is featured in the complete list of Silver Finalists found at www.foodspring.com/sofiawards.

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Steve 'Nookie' Postal

Steve 'Nookie' Postal Competes on "Around the World in 80 Plates"

Steve "Nookie" Postal PCP '99
Executive Chef, Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts

[July 18, 2012] SPOILER ALERT The finale of "Around the World in 80 Plates" has aired and Chef Nookie Postal cooked his way into the final episode as one of the 3 remaining contestants. He was eliminated in the first challenge of the finale.

[March 7, 2012] Bravo is launching a new cooking show this May called Around the World in 80 Plates. The cast was recently announced and includes CSCA Alumni Steve "Nookie" Postal, the executive chef at Fenway Park. The show is hosted by Curtis Stone and Cat Cora. Twelve contestants will race over 40 days and across 10 countries including Argentina, China, England, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Thailand, The U.S.A., and Uruguay. The show premieres on May 9th at 10:00pm.

According to Bravo's announcement about the show, "In each episode, the contestants will travel to a different international city to learn the local customs, cultures and cuisines as they battle it out in two different cooking challenges testing their skills and determination." There will be several team and individual cook-offs each episode with a number of chef celebrities serving as culinary ambassadors to the contestants."

Nookie also competed in the premiere culinary challenge "Boston Cochon 555" on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at the Mandarin Oriental. Cochon 555 is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. Nookie competed against Barbara Lynch of Menton, Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother, Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa (winner), and Tim Cushman of O'Ya.

Stuff Magazine ran a short column about Nookie and the show Around the World in 80 Plates in the April 10, 2012, issue. Read what Nookie told author Louisa Kasdon in the column "5 Courses with Steve "Nookie" Postal of Fenway Park."

Read about Nookie in his Alumni Spotlight.

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Taste: Kosher Gourmet Meals

Newton Patch Interviews Mikki Samet

Mikki Samet PCP '11
Proprietor, Catering
Taste: Kosher Gourmet Meals by Chef Mikki
Newton, Massachusetts

[March 9, 2012] Mikki Samet opened her catering company in Newton, Massachusetts, shortly after graduating from The CSCA's Professional Chef's Program in June 2011. Her company, "Taste: Kosher Gourmet Meals by Chef Mikki," was recently featured by the Newton Patch.

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Tres Gatos Restaurant

Marcos Sanchez Featured in "Morso: Little Bites of a Fulfilled Life"

Marcos Sanchez PCP '05
Executive Chef
Tres Gatos
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

[March 1, 2012] Chef Marcos Sanchez is featured in Linda Plazonja's blog "Morso: Little Bites of a Fulfilled Life" in her March 2, 2012, post. Marcos opened the restaurant with owner David Doyle in February 2011. Prior to working at Tres Gatos, Marcos was the sous chef at Dante Restaurant in Cambridge. He recently gave a cooking demonstration, featuring his popular Gambas All i Pebre, at The CSCA in an event to benefit the Boston Public Market.

Read about Marcos in the story Go Bold or Go Home on the Morso website. His recipe for Gambas is also posted on the blog.

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Jessica Scott Nominated as "People's Best New Pastry Chef"

Jessica Scott PCP '07
Pastry Chef
Craigie on Main
Cambridge, Massachusetts

[February 29, 2012] Jessica Scott PCP '07 was nominated in FOOD & WINE Magazine's 2012 People's Best New Pastry Chef competition. F&W readers can vote for Jessica through the FOOD & WINE website from February 8 through February 13, 2012. Jessica, the pastry chef at Craigie on Main, was nominated along with pastry chefs from New York, Rhode Island, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. Jessica has worked at award-winning L'Espalier restaurant in Boston as well as Petit Robert Bistro and Straight Wharf Restaurant on Nantucket. The finalists and the winner of The People's Best New Pastry Chef award will be announced on foodandwine.com on February 15th. The winner will be profiled in the "Hungry Crowd" column of the May issue of FOOD & WINE, on newsstands April 13th.

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FOOD & WINE Magazine Names Nemo Bolin to "People's Best New Chef" List

Nemo Bolin PCP '03
Chef/Owner
Cook & Brown Public House
Providence, Rhode Island

[February 29, 2012] Nemo Bolin PCP '03 was nominated in FOOD & WINE Magazine's 2012 & 2011 People's Best New Chef New England competition. Nemo was nominated along with nine other chefs from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, and Rhode Island in the competition. The overall winner of the People's Best New Chef voting received a feature in the June 2012 & 2011 issues of FOOD & WINE. Nemo has worked in the culinary industry for 15 years and at some of the nation's best restaurants, including No. 9 Park, Locke-Ober, Craigie St. Bistrot, L'Etoile, and Rubicon. He owns Cook & Brown with his wife.

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Lisa Raffael Stars in The Learning Channel's Fabulous Cakes Episode

Lisa Raffael PCP '92
Owner
Delicious Desserts
Falmouth, MA

Award-winning CSCA chef instructor Lisa Raffael appeared in The Learning Channel's (TLC) Fabulous Cakes program in an episode titled "Boston: Up, Up, and Away."

For the episode, TLC crews followed Chef Lisa at her bakery, Delicious Desserts, in Falmouth, Massachusetts, as she constructs a beautiful hot-air balloon wedding cake. The episode aired Tuesday, February 8 and on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. It reaired on Monday, February 21, 2012 at 1:00pm (check local listings).

Lisa has appeared on the Food Network and has had images of her cakes published in BRIDES Magazine, The Perfect Wedding, and Boston Magazine. The Daily Free Press recently published the profile Pursuing Passion over Protocol, on Lisa. She is a graduate of Boston University's School of Management. Lisa's Delicious Desserts has been a CBS A-List Best Wedding Cake favorite since 2006.

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Bread & Chocolate Bakery Cafe

Eunice Feller Appears on Throwdown with Bobby Flay

Eunice Feller PCP '06
Owner
Bread & Chocolate Bakery Cafe
Newtonville, MA

Eunice battles Bobby Flay mixing bowl-to-mixing bowl on March 9, 2011, in an episode of "Throwdown with Bobby Flay." Eunice will make her famous Boston Cream Pie, Massachusetts' official dessert, for the coveted title of Throwdown winner. The episode airs on the Food Network on March 9th at 8:30pm (check local listings).

Eunice tells reporter Peggy Hernandez about the filming experience in a February 16th article in Boston Globe's G Force section. Visit the Food Network's website for the "Throwdown" episode guide.

Eunice and her husband, Steve, opened a second Bread & Chocolate in Newton Highlands in July 2010. Bread & Chocolate Bakery Cafe's baked goods have rapidly become Newtonville and Boston community favorites. The Boston Globe's Food Section featured Bread & Chocolate's Sage Corn Muffin in the "Short Orders" column on Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

Boston Magazine bestowed Bread & Chocolate Bakery Cafe in Newtonville, Massachusetts, with a "Best of Boston 2009" award in its August 2009 issue. Owned by CSCA Alumni Eunice Feller, the 3-year old business has become the 'go-to' bakery in Newton for morning muffins and cappuccino, special occasion treats, lunch, afternoon snacks, and seasonal baked goods. Featured in a "Boston Magazine's Annual Picks" segment on Boston Channel 5's Chronicle on July 29, 2009, Chronicle personality Shayna Seymour featured Eunice, Steve (Eunice's husband and Bread & Chocolate co-owner), and a variety of baked goods including Eunice's famous Whoopie Pies and Donut Muffins.

Feller has received a number of accolades since opening her shop in 2006, including "Readers #1 Choice and Regional Favorite" for best bakery and best coffee house by the Newton TAB and Metrowest Community Newspapers in 2009 and 2007, and "Best of the New" by The Boston Globe in January 2007.

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Bread & Chocolate Bakery Cafe

Yvette Taylor's Queen of the Pantry Product Named One of 2009's Food Finds

Yvette Taylor PCP '06
Owner
Queen of the Pantry
Natick, MA

Yvette Taylor started her condiment line, Queen of the Pantry, with dukkah on her mind. She tasted her first dukkah, a mix of nuts, seeds, and spices, while working in a winery in New Zealand. Since then she's worked to create her own version of the toasted and ground mixture. Named as one of The Boston Globe Magazine's list of 50 "tasty, satisfying, surprising, fun, yummy, finger-licking, scrumptious" Food Finds of 2009, she's launched four flavors of dukkah (Aromatic Almond, Atomic Chili, Spicy Chili, and Coconut Mango Macadamia), three "Kick in the Nuts" flavored and spiced nut product varieties, and three flavors of onion jams.

The Queen of the Pantry makes several appearances around Boston, demonstrating recipes with her dukkah, including Gordon's Fine Wines and the Slow Food Boston Food Preservation Series. Edible Boston published an article about Yvette and her condiment line in its Summer 2009 edition. Demonstration videos will soon be posted on the How2Heroes website.

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