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Community Events

Join us for a variety of educational and recreational events at the Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center! Wine tastings, cooking classes and other special events will be offered to the public throughout the year. Learn how to pair wines with your meal. Experiment with flavor. Rub elbows with professional chefs. The Horst Schulze School of Hospitality Management is eager to provide incredible opportunities for the community to enjoy its resources. Sign up for one or more of our upcoming events below. More events to come!

From the Desert to the Plains: A Jordanian Culinary Experience

In this hands-on culinary class, guests will join Hamzeh Hammadeen as he gives an introductory cooking course on Jordanian cuisine. Guests will learn how to make authentic dishes from his home country. As is customary in many Jordanian homes, alcohol will not be served at this culinary class. These bright and fresh dishes are perfect for a summer night. The methods learned here will broaden your seasonal menus at home.

• Tabbouleh Salad
• Lamb Skewers
• Kanafa
• Chicken Maqlouba

About the Speaker
One of Hamzeh Hammadeen’s, Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Student, roles is a teaching assistant in the culinary laboratory classrooms. He works one-on-one with students and faculty, providing support. Hamzeh is also a full-time doctoral candidate, actively working on research for his dissertation. He is currently working as an intern at a beach resort in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Not only is Hamzeh a full-time PhD candidate and graduate teaching assistant, but he also dedicates his time giving back to the department, through service, as a member and officer in the Hospitality Graduate Student Association (HGSA). In this role, Hamzeh leads efforts to enhance the experience of the graduate students in the program. He is also curious about the hotel industry, around which his dissertation revolves. His research moves beyond the academic journal into an industry setting where he hopes it gets utilized to impact the working life of many.

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Monday, July 1, 2024
5:30-8:30 p.m. daily
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Next Level Culinary Skills

Chef Ana Plana will guide participants through three unique classes tailored to enhance your culinary skills and tantalize your taste buds. Each session offers a distinct culinary adventure, featuring hands-on instruction and delectable dishes prepared by you with the help of Chef Plana herself. Take your culinary skills to the next level!

Each class is sold separately.

About the Chef
Chef Ana Plana, BA, ME, is a lecturer at Auburn University in the Horst Schulze School of Hospitality Management. With extensive experience in culinary instruction and a background in catering, Chef Plana brings a wealth of expertise to each class. She has had the honor of being selected to attend the James Beard Chef Action Summit, further showcasing her dedication to culinary excellence.

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Slice & Dice
Knife skills
Sharpen your knife skills so that you can cut down on your prep time and feel confident in the kitchen. You will learn about the tools themselves, which knife to use and when, and how to safely and effectively hold your knife to employ various cutting techniques. This fundamental skill is essential in the kitchen so get your tickets now – chop, chop!

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Purchase Tickets

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Par Egg-cellence
Egg cookery
Eggs-plore the incredible properties of this unsung hero of ingredients and appreciate the difficulty of proper egg cookery. Discover the secrets to mastering poached eggs, crafting the perfect omelet, and creating indulgent souffles that will impress even the most discerning palates. Become a chef par egg-cellence in egg cookery.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Purchase Tickets

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Saucy Solutions
Dive into this stirring class about sauces and expand your cooking repertoire. Learn multiple sauces that you can use to dress up your protein to give it a new, flavorful spin. Simply by changing the sauce you can transform the dish.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Purchase Tickets

Wine Tastings

The Horst Schulze School of Hospitality Management invites the community to an evening of tasting exquisite wines from around the world Featuring Dr. David Martin, Associate Professor and Sommelier. Come with your friends, your significant other or on your own and enjoy the benefits of having the Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center in our community! Guests must be 21 or older and show proof of ID.

  • Wine Pairing Methodology
  Ever wonder what wine you should serve with a certain dish? In this wine tasting class, guests will learn the methodology behind pairing wines with food and how to balance flavors well.

• Wine Tasting 101
  In Wine Tasting 101, guests will learn the fundamentals of tasting wine, what to look for and general knowledge about wine and its production. This class will be great for beginners… and all connoisseurs!

• Tasting Wines of Bordeaux
  Learn about the Bordeaux region of France and what differentiates its wine. Taste and learn with Dr. Martin!


Wine Pairing Methodology
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
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Wine Tasting 101
Wednesday, July 3, 2024
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Tasting Wines of Bordeaux

Tasting Wines of Bordeaux
Wednesday, August 7, 2024
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Teen Culinary Boot Camp

If you love to cook or bake, this is the class for you! This is a three-day camp in which teens will learn basic culinary and baking skills. In every class, students will prepare and eat a morning snack and lunch.
In this hands-on course inside the Rane Culinary Science Center, teens will learn fundamentals of baking and how to make food that’s better than takeout! They will develop basic culinary skills including:

• Knife skills
• Basic cooking methods – steaming, pan frying, dry cooking, combination cooking, etc.
• Egg cookery
• Sauces – basic sauces, mother sauces
• Baking
• Safety and sanitation
• Calculating weights and measures
• Identifying utensils and equipment
• Tasting while cooking

About the Speaker
Chef Ana Plana, BA, ME, is a lecturer at Auburn University in the Horst Schulze School of Hospitality Management. She has extensive experience in culinary instruction and a background in catering. Chef Plana has had the honor of being selected to attend the James Beard Chef Action Summit.

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July 16-18, 2024
9am - 3pm daily
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For questions, contact Caitlin Myers via email or 334-844-4267.