This course focuses on the cooking principles and methods for preparing food in large quantities. Students will be introduced to control systems used in quantity food production including menu planning, standardized recipes, portion control, forecasting, scheduling and service. Various food types will be examined including sandwiches, salads, desserts, beverages, soups, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, and cheese. Texture modified and special menu items will also be explored. This course emphasizes the importance of quality improvement and customer satisfaction in quantity food production. No Textbook Required.
This course will encourage you to explore how the interest in, and practice of, sustainable farming is growing. You will see that although the mainstream agricultural model is widely recognized as unsustainable there is a wide divergence of views on how to create a more sustainable system. You will begin by exploring the ecological, economic, and social-justice principles of sustainable farming. Following this, you will critically examine different approaches that are being touted as forms of sustainable agriculture including organic farming, food-justice certification, and the use of genetically engineered crops. You will conclude with a review of tools and strategies that non-profit organizations, governments and businesses can draw on to enhance agricultural sustainability. You will note that this is not a training course for farmers, but a course for those who want an overview of sustainable agriculture and how it is practiced across the country. You will have many opportunities to direct the course of your own learning. You are encouraged to choose readings and assignments to reflect your own interests and knowledge/skill areas you would like to develop. Prerequisites: Field to Fork: Introduction to Local and Global Food Systems. Textbook Required.
Study the exciting urban agriculture projects and policies that are currently transforming the landscape, building community, and creating food security in Canadian cities. From community, schoolyard and roof top gardens, to urban CSA (community supported agriculture) farms and greenhouses, consider success stories and challenges for the development of urban food production. Take a close look at the relationship between municipal law and policy and urban agriculture in cities of interest to you. Textbook Required.