Easy Culinary Hacks to Upgrade Your Friendsgiving

Culinary major Katelyn Colantonio offers simple advice on how to spice up easy recipes that will wow your friends this holiday season:

Dream Big + Challenge Yourself: Career Advice from Jen Welper '06

Jennifer Welper’s interest in culinary nutrition was sparked by a tragic event: The death of her beloved grandfather. “I was raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota,” the 180th Distinguished Visiting Chef (DVC) told the packed auditorium full of culinary students, many of them on the culinary nutrition/dietetics track. “Meat and potatoes country. My grandfather was only 68, and he died of complications from diabetes and heart failure. Once I arrived at Johnson & Wales, it was a revelation to learn that these diseases are preventable through proper nutrition.”

Celebrating the Cranberry Harvest with the Club of Culinary Excellence

I can’t think of a better way to kick off the start of Fall than by participating in a cooking demo at the 14th annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham, Massachusetts, which celebrates the history and cultivation of the Massachusetts state berry. I took part in the event as a member of the Club of Culinary Excellence, an amazing student-run club here at JWU Providence that focuses on helping students level up their craft through skills sessions and cooking demos.

Talking Inspiration, Influences + Tomato Pie with Lindsay Autry '04

“The more you cook, the more you go back to your roots.” Lindsay Autry '04 is back at JWU for a very important reason — she is taking part in a JWU Epicurean Society demonstration and reception to support student scholarships — and she is sharing her signature recipe for tomato pie, a dish that harks back to her childhood in North Carolina, with the invited guests.

Mixing Music + Wine with Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado

As one of only 149 Master Sommeliers in North America, Serafin Alvarado has turned his passion for wine into a remarkable career, including stints at the late Charlie Trotter’s namesake restaurant and his current position as Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits’ director of wine education. Recently, Alvarado brought his informal and informative teaching style to JWU’s Providence Campus as the College of Culinary Arts’ 4th Distinguished Visiting Master Sommelier.