October 2017 Around Town

Culinary Institute Offers Fall 
Community Cooking Classes

This fall, the University of Tennessee’s Culinary Institute will offer a variety of hands-on cooking classes. Professional chefs will lead courses for all skill levels. Attendees will learn recipes from around the world and cultivate culinary skills while expanding their palate.

The following courses will be offered in October and November:

Culinary Specialties from India, 6–8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 19. Students will learn to cook an authentic Indian dinner. In this hands-on class, they will create a Mumbai street snack called bhelpuri, rice pilaf, chicken tikka masala, cucumber salad and a sweet mango lassi. For dessert, students will prepare a sweet curd called mishti doi.

Breakfast for Dinner, 6–8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26. In this course, students will learn how to flip, poach, scramble and soft boil eggs. Students will master the perfect omelet, stuffed French toast with homemade syrup and more.

Homemade Italian Style, 6–8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 2. Students will master Tuscan recipes in this hands-on course. The traditional Italian meal will consist of an omelet with porcini and truffle, Florentine bean soup, salt cod with leeks and polenta and a sweet chocolate sausage for dessert.

Tennessee Wines, 6–8:30 p.m. Monday, November 13. Students will hear from Tennessee grape grower Jeremy Dalton to learn about the making of Tennessee wines. This class will include a buffet of roasted meats, cheeses and sweet treats. Chef Terri Geiser will share recipes with students using several wines and sangria.

Cast Iron Cooking, 6–8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16. In this hands-on course, students will learn how to make a three-course meal using different cooking techniques with cast iron cookware provided by Lodge Manufacturing Company.

All classes haves a fee of $50 and are held at the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive. Checks and credit cards are accepted. To register, contact Terri Geiser at tgeiser@utk.edu. Registration closes one week before each class. Students must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to classes.

Number of University of Tennessee Donors Reaches All-Time High

For the second year in a row, more than 43,000 donors and philanthropic investors have chosen to support the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

In all, UT received $155 million in private and corporate gifts in fiscal year 2017.

“We are grateful for the generous support of our alumni, friends, and corporate partners,” Chancellor Beverly Davenport says. “The biggest factor in moving universities from good to great is the level of engagement from alumni and friends.”

Private support helps to bridge the gap between state funding and student tuition and contributes to the state’s goal of raising the percentage of college-educated Tennesseans. In the past year, donors made it possible for UT to create 20 new faculty awards, 24 new graduate fellowships and 119 new scholarships providing access to the most qualified students across the state.

Knoxville Graduates 39 
New Police Officers

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch and Mayor Madeline Rogero were joined by about 400 family members, city officials and police officers at Sevier Heights Baptist Church, 3232 Alcoa Highway, for a graduation ceremony on August 17.

The 39 recruits have worked long and hard for 28 weeks at the academy. They’ll pair up with experienced training officers for another 21 weeks, gaining real-life patrol experience. Combined, the recruits will go through a nearly year-long training program.

“KPD is getting the cream of the crop,” Mayor Rogero told the graduates and their families.

The mayor thanked the academy graduates for their hard work and expressed appreciation to the entire KPD family–the current police officers and those who came before them. The current and former officers created the culture, set the bar and will be there to help mentor the rookies.

Lastly, Mayor Rogero thanked the recruits’ spouses, children, siblings and parents.

“We all know that a career in law enforcement is really a family affair,” she said.

Chief Rausch shared some light-hearted anecdotes about his interactions with the recruits and their tough training regimen, including the so-called “breakfast with the Chief” workout sessions.

“They have earned the right to be called Knoxville police officers,” Chief Rausch said.