We all have those lottery wishes right? Plans for what we would do with the winnings. One of the things I've always dreamed of doing was travel to France for cooking school; the real deal, the kind of school that teaches EVERYTHING. But that was just a dream. The reality involved reading every book in three libraries and collecting hundreds of cookbooks. I even went so far as to research "professional" cooking schools nearby (there are none) and considered going back to school full time in the local community college's hospitality degree program. But who can afford to quit working and go back to school when you have a family to raise and a farm to run too? So onto a back burner went my dream until that far off someday when (if) I win that lottery or retire. Well guess what - someday has arrived!
Last week I discovered a program that's been developing quietly over the past decade or so. Unbeknownst to me, the University of Richmond offers a Culinary Arts program as part of its School of Professional & Continuing Studies. It's not a degree program but it does have similar guidelines and provides SafeServ certification. Best of all, the classes are held in the evening, after work. Here's a link for those interested: Culinary Arts Program
I'd forgotten how much life is enriched when you have a passion for something. And let's face it, cooking offers instant gratification unlike waiting years to see how your livestock breeding program progresses or the weeks between sowing and harvesting. I also learned so much in my first class that I can't wait for the next one. Of course this means I'll probably be expanding our recipe section on the farm website!