Field trip to Italy by way of cuisine

Published 6:05 am Monday, June 17, 2024

Local students traveled to Italy — not physically, but by way of cuisine during the Taste of Italy Culinary Camp, which was held June 3-7 in the Joe Loviza multipurpose building.

The free camp was offered through a partnership between the Vicksburg Warren District (VWSD) and the Hinds Career Technical Center.

Open to seventh through 10th graders, 19 students participated in the hands-on approach to cooking, which included every-
thing from mastering knife skills and under- standing kitchen safety to exploring various cooking methods.

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Students also experimented with recipes with guidance provided by Sedrick Lilley and William Furlong, professional chefs and culinary instructors.

In addition to instruction from Furlong and Lilley, guest speakers provided culinary expertise for campers.

“On Tuesday, Kevin Roberts spoke to the students about the restaurant industry and entrepreneurship,” Furlong said.

Roberts is a former Vicksburg resident who founded Fit Chef in 2016. Fit Chef provides healthy ready-to-go meals. There are three Fit Chef store fronts across the state and two cooler locations — one of which is in Vicksburg at 203 Holt Collier Dr.

On Wednesday, the students traveled downtown to 10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill. Jay Parmegiani, chef and owner of the establishment, gave the students a tour.

“Jay spoke to them about his unique location, and he showed them his kitchens — main kitchen and prep kitchen — and spoke
about his volume of business and expenses,” Furlong said.

Thursday, the students did “prep” work for the classic Italian meal that was served on Friday to family members.

“They made caprese salad, fettuccini from scratch, grilled chicken, primavera vegetables, biscotti, and panna cotta,” Furlong said.

After the meal on Friday, the camp culminated with students receiving awards and cleaning up the kitchen.

The VWSD plans to offer a culinary camp again next year, with the intention of expanding the program in an effort to accommodate more students.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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