Culinary, Baking, and Hospitality Management students visited Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa in Farmington, Pennsylvania, for the annual IUPACA Sunday Brunch and resort tour on Sunday, March 29, 2009.
All guests were treated to an amazing brunch which included cheese and fruit displays, a shrimp and crab raw bar, grilled vegetables, salads, bacon, sausage, and ham as well as Eggs Benedict, cheese blintzes, pecan trout, garlic rotisserie chicken, prime rib, and many other side dishes and desserts.
Jeremy Critchfield ’93, executive chef and director of Food and Beverage Operations at Nemacolin and four of his chefs, including Sean Eckman ’01 and Dan Mungeer ’02, gave students a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour. One of the most impressive stops was at Nemacolin’s premier French restaurant, Lautrec. Lautrec received the coveted Mobil Travel award of Five Stars this year, placing it among a group of only twenty properties in the United States to receive the ranking.
The visit concluded with an open question and answer session. Each chef gave the audience a brief overview of their personal background and experience. They also shared their advice to students for achieving future success in the industry. Students then had a chance to ask questions of the chefs. Having a chance get career advice from Chef Critchfield and his staff after a day spent tasting gourmet food in a luxurious resort environment made the trip an experience that the students will likely never forget.
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