RCC Culinary Arts Center to Offer Free 8-Week Series: Purchasing & Preparing Nutritious Food Economically


A series of classes on how to purchase and prepare delicious and nutritious food economically will be held at the RCC Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center in Nyack this fall. The food and classes are free due to the sponsorship of Orange and Rockland and open to individuals who are food insecure and having difficulty feeding themselves or their families. Classes will be held on Mondays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm from September 19 through November 28. There will not be a class on September 26 (Rosh Hashanah), October 10 (Columbus Day), or October 31 (Halloween).

Participants will learn about nutrition and have hands-on preparation of the recipes that they can take home to their families. Expert instructors will help participants gain the skills and confidence they need to prepare nutritious food on a budget. RCC’s classroom kitchen features 10 workstations with state-of-the-art equipment as well as a teaching station equipped with audio and video technology so that students can easily hear and see exactly what the steps are for each lesson.

Nutritional information and recipes will be provided by Katherine Schwarz, an experienced professional educator in nutrition, public health and the environment, who specializes in community work with impoverished populations. Cooking demonstrations and lessons will be conducted by Mark Davidoff, the Director of the Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center, and supported by RCC’s Hospitality & Culinary Arts students. And a Spanish translator will be present during each class. 

Please contact Mark Davidoff at mark.davidoff@sunyrockland.edu for registration information and if you have any questions.

The Purchasing & Preparing Nutritious Food Economically series is generously sponsored by Orange & Rockland and supported by Rockland Community College.

About Rockland Community College, State University of New York

Rockland Community College offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. Many of the programs offered —including culinary arts — are designed to teach specific skills in a concentrated time frame so students can start a new career, earning a good salary, in less than one year. More information can be found at https://sunyrockland.edu/.

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