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The five senses, and the roll of each during dining

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:54
Abstract: My vision for my capstone project, is to identify all five senses. Vision, smell, sound, sight, and taste, and highlight each one for a more harmonious dining experience. People often times only focus on the sense of taste and smell while eating. Some focus on vision, with flashy plating styles. But not often enough do people engage all five senses. Not often enough do people think about all the different aspects that tie into gastronomy. Everything from the way food is harvested or foraged to what a certain sound or smell reminds you of is what makes food/cooking one of the last remaining forms of art left in the world. And we need to embrace it. My vision for the first course would be to serve duck bacon, with a candied egg yolk on top of toasted baguette with maple espresso butter. The plate will come out with a hot stone and the bacon would be raw, so when the plate is presented the idea is to sear your own bacon. As a kid I used to love waking up to the sound and smell of sizzling bacon, so my focus for this course would be to bring the panel back to being at home and having mom cook you bacon. For my second course will have a small salad of pea shoots and arugula, dressed with olive oil and orange juice, served with goat cheese, hazelnut praline, orange balsamic vinegar, and herb smoke. The herb smoke is what will make this the “smell” course. With a food smoking gun, ill add lavender, citrus zest and herb stems for a floral scent that will remain on the pallet until the end of the course. My goal is to capture the smoke with clear glass bowls to place over the salad, add the smoke and allow the panel to take off the lid. When removed the smoke will settle up leaving the air smelling like lavender and herbs, enhancing the flavor of every component of the salad. The third course is almost like a pallet cleanser/ awakener (because the second course will be heavy on the mouth and nose.) But it also will enhance the next course. The concept would be the sense of touch/ feel. I remember as a kid going on vacation to Maine with my family and we would go out during low tide and collect oysters on the beach. They feel weird in your hand, and even weirder in your mouth, which makes it perfect for this course. The raw oyster will provide a slimy gelatinous mouth feel complimented by a sweet/spicy/sour kimchi style cabbage which will provide an umami sensation in your mouth and throat. My fourth course will be a butter poached mahi mahi, served with caramelized fennel, snap pea foam, blanched rainbow carrots and truffle oil. The sense I am trying to highlight in this dish is vision. Vision is not typically the first sense used during dining, and from my experiences food always tastes better when it’s thoughtfully plated, colorful, and exciting. So for this one there is no flash or fancy techniques, it’s just a simple & classic dish done right and plated beautifully. And my last course will be a pomegranate Cosmo sphere with fiori salt, and edible flowers. The taste sense, my inspiration for this one was from a dining experience I had at WD-50 in New York City. It was originally an intermezzo and it wasn’t a sphere, it was a sorbet, so I’ve taken this idea and I want to finish the meal with a colorful, sweet & salty pop of pomegranate that will cleanse the pallet and leave the mouth feeling bright and refreshed rather that drowned by fats and sugars (like most desserts.)
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2014
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Authors: Kurt Boyea

A Maple Comparison By Tyler Sheridan

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 13:56
Abstract: Being in the northeast especially during this time of year allows you to witness some of the rarest and yet oldest tradition to the area, the time of year where the tree are struck and harvested for the sugary liquid as they begin to wake up for the spring and summer seasons. Sugaring season is in full swing running from the first thaw to the sprouting of tree buds, smoke stacks bellow from pockets of forest as farmers scramble to collect every drop while it still runs. With a tradition that dates back to the Northeast back to the time of Eastern settlers and Native America’s it’s only been of late that the production of syrup has come short to the consumer demand. Hence the introduction of artificial maple syrup, brands like: Aunt Jemima, Kellogg’s, and Log Cabin the market has been saturated with corn syrup imitation at a lower price point. This competition in the market has led to people come up with a preference to one over the other with equal group on both sides. However they all agree that one taste different than the other, does this make artificial maple syrup an imitator or a substitute. It is said that Maple Syrup is the only flavor that cannot be recreated in an artificial manner, which would give substance to the statements of the syrup tasting differently. I am curious to know if there truth behind the whole debate. To solve the question I will put three plates of breakfast themed dishes. Each course will feature two identical plates per course, one using real syrup, the other featuring artificial syrup, I will ask a panel of culinary and maple based experters to find out which plate they think has a better maple flavor and appropriate texture. All of this done without telling them which plate contains the real and which has the imitation. If the panel states that each plate has the same level of maple flavor than it would debunk the speculations of different tasting syrups. However If the panel states that the two plates taste differently than I could conclude the imitation has a different taste than the real.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2014
Authors: Tyler Sheridan

Grass Fed vs. Grain Fed Beef

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 08:29
Abstract: Popular in the media today are chefs that boast only the best ingredients, but can the consumer even tell? The question being tested is this, can the average American taste the difference between grass fed beef and commercial beef, with the grass fed being more expensive? This concept is beneficial to explore for two main reasons. Number one, if there is a noticeable difference; culinary professionals will want to use the best ingredients they can find because people can taste the quality. Number two, if the guest can’t tell the difference between two cuts of meat that vary significantly in price, why would chefs waste money on it? To test this theory I will be providing a sample of plates with same cut of beef however one raised on grass and the other on corn and grain. There will be a simple and short survey asking the guest to vote on their favorite dish and why they liked it. With this information, gathered from random people with varying age and gender, it will provide evidence for or against the use of grass fed beef in our restaurants today.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2014
Authors: Brandon Horner

Vermont VS Canadian, A study of the differences between Vermont and Canadian syrup

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 20:07
Abstract: The research question for this capstone is one that I have long pondered. Can someone taste the difference between Vermont and Canadian syrup? The inspiration to use this as my capstone question came on the first day of class when chef Pino gave us an example of a capstone question, it was “Can you tell the difference between grade A light maple syrup and grade B?” upon hearing this I decided to use this capstone as a chance to test my long standing theories. As the question implies the menu uses entirely maple syrup based dishes with an even balance between the two types. There are two chicken based dishes that were used for the tasting. By using two identical dishes I hoped to better allow the tasters to make the call as to whether or not the two syrups are noticeably different. The menu also includes pork, beef and a pasta dish that all feature Maple syrup or sugar as a major part of the recipe. The questions to the patrons are designed to tell me if people could taste any difference between the two dishes and if there was any reasons other than the maple flavor that could have accounted for this. Also, if they could taste a difference between the two plates, could they distinguish which one is from where?
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2014
Authors: Ryan Gingras

Offal's and Less Popular Cuts

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:39
Abstract: The research question I develop and base my capstone project was based around the trend and concept of nose to tail dinning. I wanted to find out if using offal’s and second cuts of meat and could these items be suited for a family restaurant. I will also try to see if using offal’s and cross utilizing ingredients throughout the menu to cut down on waste, be cost effective and appeal to the guest. My menu will reflect the proper cuts of meat as well as providing the least waste. My methods will revolve around the practical use of my time given the restraints of my question as well as see if the theme can be practical within industry standards.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2014
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Authors: Chad Blinebry

A study of exclusive gluten-free catering

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:28
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to find out if it will be feasible for people without celiac disease to eat gluten-free food in a catering environment. This is a quantitative study that will show if non-celiac people are interested in eating gluten-free food. This research will be explored through experimental evaluation. The activities will involve a dinner that serves two different groups a gluten-free option and non-gluten free without telling the guest which dish is which. They will be asked to decide which food taste best and why. The data will be analyzed by a blind taste test. The finds will be represented by graphs and charts. The results of this study will help other researchers that want to know if people enjoy gluten-free food or not.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2013
Authors: Ashena Molborn

Grass fed vs Grain fed

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:37
Abstract: The two beef products that are being tested in this study are grass fed and corn fed beef, two different ways of raising cattle. The grass fed beef is fed only grass through its entire life up until slaughtering, and corn fed beef is fed grass in the early stages of development and then fed organic grain products in order to fatten up the cows. .The purpose of the study is to find out if there is a flavor difference between grass fed beef and corn fed beef. So to gather the information for the study a blind taste test would be administered with a questionnaire. In which the questionnaire will ask if the beef products had a difference in flavor and if so to describe it. This significance of this study is to determine if there is a flavor difference between the two beef products on a professional level.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2013
Authors: Brian tucker

Healthy Fast Food Options

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 20:37
Abstract: Fast food started in America in 1912 serving only hamburgers, French fries, and soda in one size. Fast food has now expanded into even more food items; 5 different burgers, endless toppings, and even bigger portions. While there is a health food trend in our midst, fast food restaurants have not been keeping up with this trend. The purpose of this study is to find the consensus on the idea of healthy fast food options. To find this answer a method involving a taste testing of a healthy fast food option will be given. After the tasting a scorecard will be filled out. This research will have potential significance to fast food restaurants and their consumers. Fast food establishments can find ways to change their menu to suit the needs of their customers who consume the most. Consumers will see that there are more options that can be made besides the usual fast food burger. This research will be a descriptive study; it will describe the consensus on the idea of healthy fast food options. The research location will be at Paul Smith’s College.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2013
Authors: Deanna Judson

A Study of: Maple

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 14:12
Abstract: Maple is truly an ingredient that stands alone. There are many versatile products in the world; however maple truly has no boundaries. When thinking of maple, one tends to only think of it as a topping. Drizzling on top of pancakes or French toast is one of maples most popular uses. So many more culinary adventures are taking place with maple. It’s almost become old news that not only can maple be used in all sweet inventions. Savory dishes have started to crop up with the presence of maple. Essentially maple has already been used every which way and over again.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2013
Authors: Nathaniel J Tiedemann

Local Market Eats

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 09:51
Abstract: The push for local food and knowledge on where food comes from has greatly shaped the restaurant industry. Local products have the potential to provide the restaurant and its community with many benefits. The purpose of this capstone is to discover the easy ability to shape an entire menu with what is available at one’s local market and to see if customer’s appreciate the local food, see more value in the plate knowing the food is local, and asking generally how much they would pay for a tasting plate
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2013
Authors: Joshua J BUchanen