It is my esteemed pleasure to scream from the rooftops that there is a new culinary school coming to the Lansing area! The Epicure Training Center is slated to open in August to provide classes to the public and in January will be slated to open the professional programs. Located in Holt at the Incu-Bake kitchens, this school is hoping to not only teach the eager residents a deeper culinary foundation but they are the first of its kind to do it GREEN.
If you followed my college journey, you know that I attended a community college to major in Hospitality on the food side. I wanted to become a chef! Sadly, 6 months into it, it was decided by the board at the college that the culinary classes were not worth saving. We needed a new kitchen since ours was not adequate. Instead of investing a couple mil on us, they decided to focus completely on white collar and medical jobs and kicked all the blur collar programs to the curb. They even closed the pool that had been a part of so many programs both on campus and for the public. It was a rough time in my life because it led to me being forced to complete over 40 credits in just 3 semesters!
When I got word that my chef was looking for me the other day I was surprised. He told me that the once rumored school actually happened and he needed my help and that my friends, was music to my ears because he needed my social media reach to help the school open. You see this is a school that came to be because 4 chefs knew there was an incredible need in the area. When my college shut our program down, they left 1500 hospitality DECLARED major students in the cold. There was always a waiting list to get into the program it was THAT popular. Even though I got to “finish” my degree, I know deep down I need more advanced teachings. I am book smart but I need to get my feet wet and learn a little more. For this reason, I was silently crying when chef told me about the school because I was so happy that the ideas I had years ago were possible.
But in order for that to happen I am begging you for your help. The Epicure Training Center needs to raise $8000 to pay for things like bowls, knife kits, pans and other things. They have started a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, an independent startup fundraising platform. If you could donate and spread the word to any people or companies that might want to help, I will forever love you. This means a lot to me as so many of you were there when I had near breakdowns from the stress of my program closing. This is a chance for me to keep going and for others to being their chef journeys.
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Thank you so much for being there for me over the past 3 years as I went through college and I am so happy to be able to tell you that my role in the culinary world that got me started gets to go a little further. I am on cloud nine. I am scared to death to get my feet wet but so eager to get into working with chefs again!