Chef Franco Lania and SMSU’s Culinology Students

SMSU - Culionolgy Students

SMSU – Culionolgy Students

Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) is home to America’s first Culinology program.  Culinology is a course of study that prepares students for an exciting career that blends the culinary arts with the science of food.

It is defined as “the collaboration between culinary expertise and food science and how this collaboration affects the food we prepare and serve for consumption.”
As a chef, I find this program to be a great new career option for culinary arts graduates who want to further their education toward food research. It is truly a wonderful program.

Chef Franco Lania - SMSU's Culinology Dinner

Chef Franco Lania – SMSU’s Culinology Dinner

This year during SMSU’s Gala Ball, one of the prizes that was auctioned off was an interactive dinner prepared by me and a selected group of the Culinology students. 

The winners of this prize were allowed to invite 30 of their friends and family to enjoy an evening of some delicious cooking, with instruction on how to make some of the fabulous dishes for themselves.

veal ossobuco

veal ossobuco

The dinner consisted of a 5-course Italian menu with some added surprises:

  • Fall Pear, Marinated Goat Cheese and Crispy Prosciutto Salad
  • Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli
  • Fennel and Ginger Granita
  • Veal Ossobuco alla Milanese and Saffron Risotto
  • Homemade Sicilian Cannoli
  • Baci di Ricotta ( Sweet Ricotta Kisses)
  • A holiday toast of Prosecco and Chambord

Although the temperature outside plummeted due to the polar vortex, we all kept warm inside for two days cooking up a storm for this very fun and educational event!

Read the original article on SMSU Today, click here. >> Chef Lania on SMSU’s Campus