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Winthrop Rockefeller Institute releases 2017 culinary class lineup

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Nov. 7, 2016) — The 2017 schedule of culinary classes at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute was recently released and can be accessed at www.rockefellerinstittue.org/culinary.

The culinary classes, led by Certified Executive Chef Robert Hall, offer a variety of experiences for aspiring chefs of all skill levels – from “I’ve been cooking all my life” to “How do you boil water again?”

Returning to the culinary lineup is the ever-popular Table for Two, a date-night experience in which couples learn to cook a delicious four-course dinner under the instruction of Chef Hall. Other favorites like Made From Scratch – a demonstration class centered around specific culinary themes – and the Saturday Chef Series – a more hands-on approach to various culinary styles – are also back.

New to the 2017 lineup is Taste Test, a demonstration class in which participants will have the opportunity to taste styles of a particular ingredient from all over the world. Some of the ingredients that will be featured include hot sauce, chocolate, olive oil, tomatoes and bacon.

“The world is a cornucopia of flavor,” Hall said. “With this new class, we get to explore the amazing ways that different cultures treat the same ingredients. It promises to be a lot of fun, very yummy, and we’ll learn some things along the way.”

All of the Institute’s culinary offerings are listed at www.rockefellerinstitute.org/culinary, with links to registration for each category of class. Group reservations are available, and classes are perfect for a girls’ (or guys’) night out, a church or civic group activity, part of a weekend getaway or just because.

Beyond entertainment, the Institute’s culinary classes are intended to be informative and to strip away common fears and misconceptions about cooking.

“One of the central purposes of the Institute’s culinary program is to show how easy it is to cook from scratch,” Hall said. “It is my desire to help individuals and families return to ‘old-fashioned,’ ‘do-it-yourself,’ ‘made from scratch’ meal preparation. This will drastically reduce the use of processed foods, thus immediately making our diets healthier.

“By learning and using a handful of culinary techniques and methods, you can cook almost anything; it is my mission to provide you with several avenues to learn and master those skills.”

For more information, visit the website, email Chef Hall at rhall@uawri.org or call 501-727-5435.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to offer Titanic-themed culinary event

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Feb. 16, 2016) — Building on the success of 2015’s Chef’s Tasting Dinner series, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute is offering “Taste of the Titanic.”

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Winthrop Rockefeller Institute announces 2015 culinary class lineup

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Nov. 10, 2014) — After a successful year of culinary classes in 2014, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute is expanding its culinary lineup for 2015 by adding more of our customers’ favorites and introducing a couple of new experiences.

A full listing of the Institute’s 2015 culinary lineup can be found at www.rockefellerinstitute.org/culinary.

The wildly popular Table for Two class, which is designed as a date-night experience for couples, will be offered at least 21 times in 2015, with each class covering a different meal.

“This concept of teaching couples how to make a delicious meal, then coaching them through the actual preparation of the meal, it’s been a huge hit,” said Robert Hall, certified executive chef and the Institute’s culinary director. “Every Table for Two class in 2014 had a waiting list, so we decided to give the people what they want – more Table for Two.”

The Institute will also offer several special Chef’s Tasting Dinners in 2015. These dinners, a concept first introduced in 2014, involve a 15- to 20-course “tasting dinner” that includes small portions of each course with wine pairings for each. The dinners are planned around a central theme. Registrants are required to sign up in pairs, and this, too, makes for a magical date night.

Also expanding next year will be the Institute’s lineup of Basic Training and Made From Scratch classes. These demonstration-only experiences provide instruction in the building blocks of cooking and are competitively priced so as to be accessible to people from all walks of life.

Dr. Marta Loyd, executive director of the Institute, recalls the first Basic Training class she attended as “just an all-around great experience.”

“It was relaxing, educational and fun,” Loyd said. “Chef Hall is a true artist in the kitchen and is eager to share his vast knowledge with the class. He welcomes questions and helps participants appreciate the history and culture of the dishes he prepares. I can’t wait to prepare my new recipes for family and friends.”

All of the Institute’s culinary offerings are listed at www.rockefellerinstitute.org/culinary, with links to registration for each category of class. Group reservations are encouraged, and classes are perfect for a girls’ night out, a church or civic group activity, part of a weekend getaway or just because.

For more information, visit the website or call 501-727-5435.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute offers a variety of workshops, seminars, public lectures, conferences and special events. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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Chef’s Tasting Dinners added to Institute's culinary lineup

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Aug. 6, 2014) — The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute is offering a new, unique culinary experience: Chef’s Tasting Dinners.

The pilot Chef’s Tasting Dinner, held in July, featured a 21-course tasting dinner that toured the culinary regions of Italy. Based on the positive response received after the initial dinner, the institute is offering two more Chef’s Tasting Dinners this year. The first, Taste the Caribbean, will be held Friday, Aug. 15. The second, Taste the Victorian Holidays, will be held Friday, Nov. 21.

“This is really a special experience,” said Chef Robert Hall, culinary director at the institute. “Each meal is like being transported to a different time or place through food.”

The Chef’s Tasting Dinners are designed to be a couple’s culinary experience. Included in the $235-per-person cost are overnight accommodations (one room with a king- or dual queen-size beds) and a continental breakfast the following morning.

“The idea came about based on the popularity of our Table for Two classes,” Hall said. “The Chef’s Tasting Dinners don’t offer an instruction component, but the focus on providing a memorable dining experience for two is the same.”

The Aug. 15 Chef’s Tasting Dinner will bring to life the flavors of the Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, to name a few. Participants will enjoy dishes like chimi burgers from the Dominican Republic, jerk chicken from Jamaica, pasteles (plantain and pork tamales) from Puerto Rico and poulet creole from Haiti.

“The distinctive flavors of the Caribbean are alive with local spices, fresh fruit and vegetables, chicken, and the most succulent fresh fish on the planet,” Hall said.

The Nov. 21 Chef’s Tasting Dinner is inspired by late-19th century England as seen through the eyes of Charles Dickens. Expect roasted fowl and delectable puddings to feature prominently in the festive fare.

For more information and to register for a Chef’s Tasting Dinner, go to www.rockefellerinstitute.org/educational-programs/culinary.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute offers a variety of workshops, seminars, public lectures, conferences and special events. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

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