Passionate About Pastry by kristin

lemon poppyseed cakeOur raw dessert guru/diva has just arrived back in Fort Bragg, which always creates a lot of excitement with both students and staff. BostiniTangerineDream

Vinnette Thompson is an amazing teacher and a remarkable person who brings a smile to everyone's face - and not just because she makes terrific desserts. She also makes creating the desserts a memorable experience. Students learn how to work with a variety of ingredients - Pastry Arts classes are a combination of theory, culinary demos, and practical hands-on training, from a master in the art. Learn how to use binders, thickeners, emulsifiers and gelling agents; how to choose the right sweeteners and fats for a variety of classic pastry recipes and discover the secrets of making exquisite raw desserts that taste even better than famous cooked desserts!

It's definitely a thrilling class for people, because they've learned a lot of fundamental skills in our other classes, and they can now translate those skills into unbelievable confections. The Pastry Arts - Unbaked! course is definitely its own reward...mmmmm. FS_ThumbPrints

The good news is that Vinnette is going to be here for an entire month. She'll be teaching during all of our advanced courses, including Ethnic Flavors in Recipe Development, Raw Fusion Gourmet Spa Cuisine, and Raw Event Catering and Elegant Entertaining. Her bright spirit is a wonderful tonic for everyone who meets her! Yay, Vinette - we're glad you're back! And if you are interested in a Pastry Arts Certification, you can start with FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods May 16 and stay through Pastry Arts - Unbaked! June 16- 19 - what fun! Call Mary Elizabeth or Amanda in enrollment for all the details: 707-964-2420

A classically trained chef, Vinnette earned her culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America and is also a graduate of the Living Light Culinary Institute, where she now teaches a variety of classes. Vinnette has two culinary passions, vegetarian cuisine and culinary education. A chef for over 25 years, she caters privately and teaches culinary arts for the Palm Beach school district in Florida.

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