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Campus garden is classroom for local culinary students

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Twelve high school students and two instructors from the Culinary, Pastry Arts and Hospitality Management Program of the Technology Center of DuPage visited North Central College as part of a field trip on May 6 to get a behind-the-scenes look at the campus garden program and dining services.  

The students began their on-campus learning experience with a presentation and Q&A session with Chef Sidney Levitz and Director of Dining Services Steve Martens to discuss menu planning/seasonality, food costs, food waste, sanitation and hear their personal history in the industry. Chef Levitz also explained the importance of the garden program in introducing students to locally grown, healthier and better tasting foods and the “locavore” movement.

The visitors also spent time working in the garden planting potatoes and tasting heirloom vegetable varieties that will be harvested from the garden this year. This portion of the trip also included an introduction to gardening techniques presented by Kris Bagamery-Warren (photo, right), North Central gardener and groundskeeper, and discussion on the sustainability features of the garden by Abby Hahne, College sustainability coordinator. The field trip ended with a tour and view of the working kitchen during the lunch serving period.