The Abbey Pie Baking Contest

“Apples? Hell no!” That was my response to the advice given to me by my friend Jeremy when we were trying to find a topping for our Lemon Chiffon pie in this past Pie Contest. Lemon Chiffon is a simple, no bake pie that is really nice in the summer, as it’s cold and smooth….

Learning to Make Pasta with Chef Steph

After our visit to Federal Hill, what is more desirable than learning to make pasta? Chef Steph, with her impressive skill and infinite patience, showed the students how to make pasta from scratch. The students ended up making ravioli with a fresh tomato sauce, and happily ate the results.Thank you, Chef! Federal Hill isn’t the…

Final Dinner at Persimmon with Chef Champe Speidel in Bristol, RI

The highlight of our first year as Portsmouth Abbey’s Culinary Arts Club was spent at Persimmon Restaurant in Bristol Ri. Owner and Chef Champe Speidel, along with his wife Lisa, who runs the front of the house, provided the students with an unforgettable taste experience. We sat down, and beautiful surprises in the form of…

A Cuban Dinner at Mrs. Bonin’s House

In what has been an extremely busy year, we finally found a date to make this happen! Mrs. Bonin prepared her popular black beans and rice (of which pounds of it had been fed to boarders over the years), showing us the basic foundation of all Cuban cooking–sofrito–and then the various spices that she adds…

Visiting Celebrity Chef Mai Pham Cooks Thai and Vietnamese for Abbey Students

Grace Gibbons–Celebrity chef Mai Pham visited Portsmouth Abbey a few weeks ago and made dinner for the entire school. She prepared a variety of Vietnamese dishes such as a cucumber and cilantro salad, coconut rice, and chicken. The highlight of her cooking was definitely the coconut rice topped with a shrimp curry. The curry included a…

A Cheese Tasting with Maria Chiancola from Le Petit Gourmet, Newport

Nelson Choi–The person who first discovered cheese must have been an adventurer and a gourmand at the same time. Who would put a pungent white lump that used to be milk into their mouth? And moreover, enjoy the exotic taste of cheese?Well, thanks to him, cheese became a necessity of our culinary life. The majority…

The Clean Food Coach

“I love to synthesize the best tips, techniques and recipe concepts from both the ancient natural and modern scientific worlds for practical, everyday use.”  –Jeannette Bessinger   Ms. Jeannette Bessinger, mother of Jesse Bessinger ’12, “discovered the power of clean food – food that is intact, fresh, seasonal and grown in natural ways” when she…

Foley Fish: Fresh, All Natural, and Sustainable

Laura Ramsden and her son, Charlie Ramsden ’13, from Foley Fish Company, gave a terrific presentation on all aspects of the fish we eat whether at home, here at the Abbey, or in a restaurant. Accompanied by a thorough power p oint presentation, students not only learned how to tell the difference between fresh fish…

Federal Hill Tour with Cindy Salvato

On Thursday, December 4th, 2014, The students in Culinary Arts travelled up to Atwells Avenue in Providence to learn about Italian foods from Ms. Cindy Salvato, a former Johnson and Wales professor and regular tour guide. We met at DePasquale Plaza where Ms. Salvato gave us a history lesson on the Federal Hill area, then…

Cooking Class with Chef Steph Petreccia-Knife Skills

    Students in Culinary Arts finally got into the kitchen to work. Chef Steph put a chef’s knife in each of their hands, and showed them how to chop, dice, slice, mince, and julienne. this she did by having them help out with food preparation for that week: no better way to learn than be given a…

Chefs Collaborative BBQ Exeter, Rhode Island

CHEFS COLLABORATIVE BBQ 2015 Chefs Collaborative assembled some of Rhode Island’s favorite chefs for a pond-side Harvest BBQ from at Schartner Farms in Exeter. The annual event promotes awareness of local and sustainable ingredients available in the Ocean State, and the chefs included Derek Wagner of Nicks on Broadway, Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames and Tallulah’s Taqueria,…