The Kaskaskia College Culinary Arts students, under the
direction of Chef Robert Rhymes, took a tour of the Memphis, Tennessee area this
month and were treated to a big surprise when they met renowned actor Morgan
Students toured the manufacturing facility of Sweet Magnolia
Ice Cream in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and had an in depth discussion with the
owner and executive chef, Hugh Balthrop, concerning the challenges and rewards
of entrepreneurship. They also visited
the famed Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, Mississippi, where they prepared
a four course meal which included crab cakes, roasted radishes, grilled loin of
veal with wild mushroom sauce, chocolate cherry ice cream sandwiches with vanilla
ice cream and a plethora of other sweet and savory treats.
No trip to the Memphis area is complete without paying
homage to rock and roll, blues and civil rights history, so visits to the
National Civil Rights Museum, the Delta Blues Museum and Graceland were a
must. Students had an opportunity to
enjoy some of Memphis' finest cuisine dining at restaurants ranging from P.F.
Chang China Bistro to Gus's Famous Fried Chicken to Texas de Brazil Brazilian
The last night in Memphis was spent leisurely strolling down
Beale Street where students enjoyed music offered up by talented street
performers. The night ended with a
moonlight dinner cruise along the Mighty Mississippi aboard the legendary
Memphis Queen Paddlewheel Steamboat where students enjoyed a succulent
Memphis-style barbeque buffet.
But that wasn’t all.
“I gave the gang the surprise of a lifetime by arranging for them to
meet one of Hollywood's elite,” Chef Rhymes said. “After calling in a few favors, I was able to
get the one and only Morgan Freeman to chat with the group and pose for a few
photos. This was indeed the highlight of
For more information on the KC Culinary Arts program, please
contact Chef Robert Rhymes at 545-3311 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.