UPC Offers Cajun Cooking to Auburn Students

Down in New Orleans, Mardi Gras is a special time consisting of glittery masks, buckets of colorful beads and delicious food. Bring a little cajun spice into your life by attending the Mardi Gras Cooking Workshop hosted by the University Program Council (UPC). 

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The workshop will be held Thursday, Feb.24, at 5 pm in Spidle Hall, room 238.

Carol Duncan, personal chef and owner of Savory Solutions, will be leading the cooking class. 

Duncan has experience with in-home catering, themed culinary classes, and in home multiple mean preparation. Today, she also teaches classes at Williams Sonoma and the Auburn University Culinary Center. Students will have the opportunity to learn recipes for an assortment of creole flavored dishes from Duncan’s personal menu. 

One of Duncan’s seafood entrees featured on her website is a good example of what students could expect to create. The “Nawlins Jambalaya” consists of shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage, and rice baked with garlic spiced tomato sauce, bell peppers, onions and celery.

Matthew Ciuros, director of special programs, says he believes that this workshop will be a great way to take newfound cooking skills from classroom to the home kitchen. 

“Carol is an energetic chef that loves to teach students skills they can potentially use,” said Ciuros. “The students will be preparing special recipes that she puts together.”

All students are welcome no matter their level of cooking skill.

“We encourage all students to come, cook and eat the wonders of New Orleans,” said Ciuros. “It’s going to be a really fun event that I’m looking forward to.”

The classroom has a capacity of 20 people, so first come first serve. However, there will be a waiting list.

Students can sign-up in the Student Center’s Suite, room 3130. The class is free and all materials will be provided to students at the workshop.

The UPC is Auburn’s programming board led by students across the University. They consist of 11 committees that work hard to meet the programming interests of students. These committees are responsible for organizing events on campus, which are all planned and produced by students, according to their website.

Continue to be on the lookout for more events like the Mardi Gras Cooking Workshop held by the UPC by visiting their online events calendar: www.auburn.edu/student_info/upc/events.

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