The recipients of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Awards of Excellence were announced on Saturday, April 24 during the 26th annual conference of the IACP in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center.The award for outstanding Vocational Cooking School was given to The New England Culinary Institute (NECI), located in Montpelier, Vermont, an IACP-member cooking school that provides a superior educational experience for students pursuing a career in the culinary industry. NECI offers an AOS in Culinary Arts, AOS in Food and Beverage Management, AOS in Baking and Pastry, BA in Food and Beverage Management and Certificate Programs in both Baking and Pastry and Basic Cooking.New England Culinary Institute has been training future chefs and food and beverage professionals since 1980. The award was given in recognition of the outstanding education the schools provides, including one of the smallest student to teacher ratios in the industry. In addition, students learn their skills in eleven food service operations, including bakeries, popular priced restaurants, fine dining restaurants cafeteria and catering. Students spend 75% of their time working with chefs to produce meals for paying customers.The NECI educational model is ‘standards based” which means students are not graded on their culinary skills or knowledge, but rather they have to meet or exceed a standard of competency in each and every skill. This ensures that they leave for their internship with a strong culinary competence and understanding.Alton Brown, ’97 graduate of NECI and creator of Good Eats on the Food Network, says, “ With an education from NECI, you have the benefits of both the ‘real world’ education and NECI’s strong reputation in the industry. You are prepared to follow your dreams.”Founded in 1978, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) has approximately 4,000 members worldwide, representing a “who’s who” in the world of food and include cooking teachers and cooking school owners; caterers, chefs and restaurateurs; food writers and cookbook authors; editors and publishers of the world’s consumer and trade press; food stylists and photographers; vintners; television personalities; recipe developers and many others with a special interest in the culinary arts. This unique, diverse membership sets trends, shapes opinion and influences buying habits of millions of consumers.
Weekly unemployment claims declined dramatically last week after increasing the previous two weeks. For the week of March 6, 2010, there were 897 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, a decrease of 498 from the week before. Altogether 15,463 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 54 from a week ago and 2,814 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,647 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 96 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 3,389 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 32 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County health department officials are urging anyone who ate or drank at the Driver’s Seat Restaurant in Southampton this month to get vaccinated this weekend for possible exposure to Hepatitis A.The Suffolk County Department of Health Services is also investigating the case in which an infected individual who worked at the eatery on Jobs Lane between Aug. 6-20, meaning that some patrons can lessen the potential severity of the illness by seeking treatment within two weeks of exposure.“Preventive treatment is not recommended for individuals potentially exposed before August 16,” the health department said in a news release.Treatment is offered at Southampton Hospital, 240 Meeting House Lane, in the 3rd Floor Teaching Center 3-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday as well as 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.Treatment will also be offered at the Suffolk health department’s Great River office, 3500 Sunrise Hwy, Suite 124, form 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.Anyone potentially exposed to the virus that causes inflammation of the liver can also receive preventive treatment from their health care provider, officials said.Symptoms that often appear within 28 days include fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and jaundice, or a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. There is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A besides supportive care. Exposed pregnant women are urged to consult their doctor.For additional information or questions about possible exposure, call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services hotline at 631-787-2200 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.