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A Question of Taste
Volume 4, Number 7 December 23, 2013

Dear Culinary Family,
 
Could it be that you are still looking for that perfect surprise for your wife/husband/daughter/son/mother/father/grandparent/friend/protégé? Why not offer them the gift of a week of gastronomical bliss at the hands of our family of extraordinary chefs?
 
Or take the leap and join us yourself for all four sessions in our east (Paris), south (Asheville), north (Ithaca) and west (Sonoma) locations? Each spot teems with gastronomic, cultural and viticultural delights, and the comraderie between chefs and students is enough to feed and inspire you throughout a lifetime of banquets, be they modest or mammoth.
 
As a special gift to you this season, we are offering a $100 discount to those who register for a session before the turning of the year. Sign up quickly, as spots will go like bourbon-laced truffles!
 
I'd like to take a moment to recognize a few of our many chefs who have recently been honored with much-deserved awards. In October, Denny Trantham was voted Chef of the Year by the North Carolina American Culinary Foundation. Adam Hayes was the final winner in the fire of NC's Competition Dining Series in November. William Dissen, among many other accolades this year, was a featured chef at the James Beard House in October and was elected a Rising Star Chef in November.
 
This is just the beginning of a multitude of reasons why you should consider a week in the company of these extraordinary trailblazers in an environment which is both intimate and stimulating. To see what some of our other chefs are doing, click here.
 
We hope that your feasting is joyful and that you are surrounded by loved ones to echo our resounding

Merry Christmas!

Mark your calendars and dare to taste...

Paris Pleasures

Paris at any time of year is magic. In June, the poppies are in full splendor, silhouetted against fields of golden wheat from which the baguettes whose fragrance reels you in at every street corner are fashioned.
 
Come join us for 4 days of discovery (June 18-21, 2014), with market strolls, wine tastings, hands-on culinary sessions, bistro jaunts, and exploration of one of the most beautiful cities on the planet, with a token expedition into the countryside as well. To find out more, visit our website.

Asheville Elements

Our stellar week in Asheville (July 13-19, 2014) will involve, as always, the top chefs of Western North Carolina, coupled with renowned wine experts, and a surrounding that is pastoral, flanked by blue mountains, and reeling with music and dance as a backdrop.
 
Our theme for 2014 will revolve around the the elements (beginning with earth, water, wind and fire) and how they affect our culinary perceptions.
 
Each day centers around a 3-hour class with master chefs, a gourmet lunch, and a wine tasting afternoon/evening session. The music in the background will be the drone of bagpipes and the lilt of flute and fiddle, as the Swannanoa Gathering's Celtic Week enhances the colors on our plates. Culinary students are welcome to join in evening festivities which last often until dawn breaks over the hill.
 
Reserve your place now!

Ithaca Escapades

The Finger Lakes region of New York is swiftly becoming one of THE places to be if food and wine and farming is your passion. With more than 90 wineries flanking the shores of glacially-carved lakes, and the delightfully quaint college town of Ithaca which has more restaurants per capita than New York City, if you haven't yet discovered this pocket of the country, it's time you joined us. And if you have, and just want more of a good thing in the company of other enthusiasts during the height of fall coloring (October 1-4, 2014), you're on the right track as well!
 
Indulge in an intimate session of tailored tours around the Finger Lakes wineries, with a day on Cayuga, a day on Seneca, and a day in Ithaca. We will take in Sheldrake Point Winery, Red Newt Winery, Finger Lakes Distilling, the NY Wine & Culinary Center at Canandaiga, the Ithaca Market, Moosewood Restaurant, and numerous other hot spots in the area. 

Sonoma Serenades

Ah, Sonoma! The rolling hills range from reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands to redolent of the South of France...only footsteps away from San Francisco, through a corridor of redwoods, there are wines, cheeses, oysters, and olives a-plenty, all cultivated in the space of one of the most diverse counties on the globe.
 
Wine lovers who have already discovered Napa or who seek a more personal introduction to California's bounty must visit the richness of Sonoma's terroirs before their time is up. From December 3-6, 2014, we'll explore vineyards, creameries, markets, and oyster farms, and we'll enter wine-makers' domains, indulge in hands-on sessions with local chefs, savor pinot until we can tell the difference between grapes grown on the coast and those grown further inland, and marvel at all this country has to offer if only we are ready to taste!

A Gift of a Recipe and More

If you are unable to attend a session in person but would like to be with us vicariously, pick up our 2009 cookbook (the only one that is left currently in print!) which highlights recipes from past sessions to color up your shelves. Or you might want to consider a selection of specially chosen knives in a streamlined SSCA knife wrap to give your kitchen an extra touch of class. Or yet again an SSCA apron in a lovely shade of green or a blue brushed cotton SSCA cap to add a little jaunt to your look. Visit our website to embellish your bookcase, your wardrobe, and your knife rack! Or become a sponsor and help us establish scholarship funds for culinarily-inclined youth.
 
Stay tuned for the arrival of our 2012 (Cooking with Wine) and 2013 (Appalachian Innovation) cookbooks, currently in final editing stages. And keep an eye out for our Ten Year Anniversary compilation, in the works!
 
It's never too early to commit to your next great adventure...Join us for all four sessions, taking advantage of our special discount, and become a year-round culinary traveler!
 
Wherever your fancies lead you, we wish you great joy as you savor these last days of 2013, and hope you can join us somewhere soon along the culinary trail...
 
Until then, bon appétit!
 
Susi
 
Susi Gott Séguret, CCP, CSW
Seasonal School of Culinary Arts
Asheville, Ithaca, Sonoma, Paris
ssca@schoolofculinaryarts.org
828-301-2792

 
Seasonal School of Culinary Arts • PO Box 18462 • Asheville, NC 28814
http://www.schoolofculinaryarts.org
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