Commuters might bemoan this week’s chilly weather, but students of Kingsborough Community College’s culinary arts program took it as an opportunity to hit the beach and chisel some ice.
We went down to the school (2001 Oriental Boulevard) yesterday to pick up some papers at Community Board 15′s office – which, by the way, is temporarily without phone or internet service – and had the good luck of running into Chef Thomas Smyth, one of the head professors with their culinary arts program.
Smyth told us the 16 students of his cold-kitchen class spent four hours on the beach, chiseling away at the giant blocks of ice. Smyth himself wielded the chainsaw to bring the blocks down to size, and the blocks were sculpted into a penguin, a whale and two items that the students jokingly described as ashtrays.
“They get a survey of everything they could do in a cold kitchen,” including creating these decorations, Smyth said.
It’s the first time Smyth and the culinary arts program have been able to do ice sculptures at the school, since the ice supply has been an ongoing problem.
“Actually, this is the first year we managed to get the bloody ice,” Smyth said. “Just to get somebody to deliver a couple of blocks of ice to Kingsborough was a big deal, but now we’ve got that figured out.”
Next year, we demand the class make an ice sculpture of a Sheepshead fish. You hear me, Smyth?
View photos of all the sculptures and the class.
City Councilmembers Lew Fidler and Mike Nelson, and Borough President Marty Markowitz with Sheepshead Bites founder Ned Berke. (Photo by Randy Contello)
If you missed A Taste of Sheepshead Bay on Thursday night, you missed history being made.
Whereas, Brooklyn is most justifiably lauded for the rich array of culinary splendor that awaits residents and visitors alike, and everyone, from the comfort food seeker to the most finicky foodie is bound to encounter everything that will wow his or her palate, it is most fitting that we recognize those wonderful purveyors of decadent delectables, whose excellent taste and hard work help create the unique and fanciful flavor for which Brooklyn is widely known; and
Whereas, all of Brooklyn joins the owners, staff and supporters of twenty one of the best restaurants in Sheepshead Bay as Sheepshead Bites – Sheepshead Bay’s only independent news blog and winner of the L Magazine 2010 best local blogger distinction for Brooklyn and Manhattan - presents “A Taste of Sheepshead Bay,” an evening of eclectic food sampling and sumptuous entertainment, pronouncing Sheepshead Bay as Brooklyn’s premier culinary destination once again
So begins the proclamation issued by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz as he declared,
Now, therefore, I Marty Markowitz, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, do hereby proclaim, Thursday, October 27, 2011, 1st Annual Sheepshead Bites, A Taste of Sheepshead Bay Celebration Day in Brooklyn, USA.
Approximately 350 people attended the first Taste of Sheepshead Bay. They braved the elements to feast on the best that Sheepshead Bay had to offer as we celebrated the best damn neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Keep reading the event roundup, and to view more photos.
Photo by Erica Sherman
Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.
Welcome to the 25th edition of The Bite. It’s been great eating around the neighborhood, seeking out the new and unusual, stuffing my face with the great and not so great, all to edify you, our dear readers, about the wonders of eating in Sheepshead Bay. I hope I’ve expanded our culinary horizons as much as I’ve expanded my belly.
For the 25th edition of The Bite, I’m going to break tradition and throw out the one dish rule. I’m still going to tell you about a wonderful neighborhood gem, but in a whole new way. This week, The Bite explores the birth and, sadly, the demise of a restaurant.
Enter The Ocean Room, Kingsborough Community College’s Culinary Arts Program’s weekly, student-run restaurant. Oh, don’t worry, The Ocean Room will return in the fall. You’ll get your chance. Maybe. It is by invitation only, after all.
In The Ocean Room, students learn what it takes to run a restaurant. Every Friday, aspiring culinarians throw open the doors to roughly 100 guests for lunch, so that they can put the theoretical into action. Does all that shtick in the classroom translate to the real world? It’s time to put it to the test.
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by Ryan Maye Handy
English? Check. Biology? Check. Farming?
Kingsborough Community College will be the first higher-education institution in New York City to launch an urban farm tilled by students, the school announced on Wednesday.
Kingsborough is launching the “Build a Garden in Brooklyn” project to teach students about urban agriculture and organic farming practices. It will contribute produce to the Culinary Arts Program and the college cafeteria, according to project supervisor Dr. Stuart Schulman.
“The farm will function as an outdoor classroom,” said Schulman, who is also the Executive Director for Economic and Work Force Development at Kingsborough. “Instead of sitting in a classroom and talking about vegetables, students actually grow and harvest them.”
Keep reading about Kingsborough’s urban farming initiative, and find out how buying a bottle of wine can help support the school.
A Kingsborough Culinary Arts student at work
If you’ve ever watched Hell’s Kitchen or Top Chef and said to yourself, “I wish that was me” – this is your chance to develop some real culinary skills for free!
It goes without saying that our economy is in a difficult time. With so many qualified applicants flooding the job market, younger and less experienced job applicants can find the search daunting. If you’re not currently employed or a full-time student, then the CUNY Young Adult Program has a wonderful opportunity for you to add to your skill set and open up a career path. The program is providing free Food Service/Culinary Arts training to eligible people at KBCC. The program is being advertised via Facebook and Craigslist in an apparent bid to appeal directly to 18- to 24-year-olds.
We told you about Kingsborough’s newly-launched Culinary Arts major back in May. The new kitchens, expert faculty and innovative program make this a bargain for young adults.
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A student prepares hors d'oeuvres for the crowd
Melisa Carbajal’s relationship with Kingsborough Community College is coming around full circle. After finishing an Associates Degree program at the school in 2007, the student is returning to be a teacher. She’ll be one of a handful of chef-instructors in the school’s budding culinary arts program, where she’ll teach healthy cooking for cancer patients and survivors in a partnership with CookforYourLife.org.
“So many good things have happened,” Carbajal said in front of a crowd of about 100 people at Kingsborough last night. “I couldn’t have started in a better place than Kingsborough Community College.”
But had it been a few years earlier, Carbajal never would have had the opportunity.
The group Carbajal spoke to was celebrating the launch of the Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts, the latest – and biggest – step towards maturing a program that was only born in 2001.
Keep reading to learn more about Kingsborough Culinary Arts program’s development