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Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 Recap, Part 1: January & February

Thursday, December 15, 2011 | 5:06 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , , , No comments

Now that term papers and final exams have been handed in and your fall semester of classes has been completed, we are going to take the opportunity to remember the year that was and highlight our favorite events of 2011. Each day over the next week we will take a look back at two months and the events that made them special.

- - JANUARY 2011 - -

The beginning of 2011's winter semester started off with a flurry (pun intended) of events. Our first Xhibition Kitchen event of the year was Cocinar Con Gusto, held in conjunction with Northeastern's Latino/a Student Cultural Center. Darren Carbone, Executive Chef at La Verdad Taqueria Mexicana on Landsdowne Street, is working towards helping reshape the future of Mexican cuisine and he shared some of his culinary techniques, including how to prepare a delicious ceviche, with the NU community.

January also featured several seasonal events, such as a hot cocoa bar and winter cupcakes, as well as the return of Nutritious U, our healthy eating program for members of Northeastern's athletic teams.

- - FEBRUARY 2011 - -

The biggest event of February took place in the XK on February 16. Food Network host and local restauranteur Ming Tsai hosted a free cooking demonstration shortly after the release of his cookbook One Pot Meals.The James Beard and Emmy award winning chef made his trademark "east meets west" style accessible to home cooks and college students with his book of simple, yet bold, recipes prepared with only one pot. The XK and the adjacent dining area were filled to capacity with the more than 150 students, faculty, staff, and guests in attendance and Chef Tsai did not disappoint. His humor and culinary expertise made for an engrossing presentation of how to take a seemingly difficult recipe and master it by using a few simple cooking techniques. The first fifty students in line for the event were also given a free copy of One Pot Meals and had the opportunity to meet Chef Tsai and have him sign the book. It was a great event for the Northeastern community and one of the most exciting days the XK has ever seen.

-- Next week: Parts 2-6 --


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