Celebrating Food Waste Solutions

The amount of food being wasted in the United States each year is staggering. In fact, it’s the dirty little secret in the food and beverage industry today. Rather than focusing on the discouraging statistics, though, we’re going to talk about food waste...

2019 Wedding Trends

At the Culinary Vegetable Institute, we believe that wedding ceremonies and receptions are meant to be unique expressions about the couples themselves and their personal love stories, plus their hopes and dreams. So, in this post, we’ve stayed away from sharing what...

Sophisticated Mocktails Take Center Stage

Zero-Proof Drinks Make Herbs, Flowers and Vegetables the Star Shirley Temples are all grown up, thanks to the rising popularity of complex, sophisticated “zero-proof” craft cocktails, also called temperance cocktails or mocktails. Every CVI Vegetable Showcase event...

Fresh Asparagus Inspires More than a Meal

Kitchen Full of Chefs Cook Up Memories Too many cooks in the kitchen was a good thing at the Culinary Vegetable Institute’s asparagus Showcase Dinner on May 18. A handful of culinary students from Bridging Communities Regional Tech Center in Virginia joined the CVI...

The Art of Plating—Narrative Plating

Cooking Up a Good Story Is an empty plate a blank canvas or a blank page? Are chefs painters or storytellers? Do their culinary compositions flow from a palette or a pen? For CVI Chef Jamie Simpson, story is everything.   “It’s not about pretty plates. It’s ‘what...

The Magic and Mystery in Making Miso

If you want to add saltiness, sweetness, and more than a touch of offbeat funk to a dish, you can do all of that and more, adding incredible depth and intensity to a rainbow of dishes—all through the magic and mystery of miso. According to the Merriam-Webster...

Big City Chef Returns to Small Town Roots

Chef Scott Schneider Teams With Students from His Ohio Alma Mater Renowned New York City chef and Vermilion, Ohio native Chef Scott Schneider will return to his old stomping grounds August 24th for a collaborative pop-up dinner with students from the Lorain County JVS...