by Andi Hannum
The new Exploring Post 3142, sponsored by the Marriott International Test Kitchen, is up and running. The Post held its first meeting on Wednesday, September 12. Our host was Mr. John Huppman, Chief Chef at the Marriott Test Kitchen in Bethesda. The first meeting was a meet-and-greet evening. Adult volunteer leaders were introduced. They are, John Huppman, Gary Silversmith, Pete Minderman, Michael Werling, Theresa Johnson, and Andi Hannum.
Activities for the evening included Mr. Huppman giving a tour of the newly renovated test kitchen. He then showed us the different kinds of knives and explained what their purpose was in the culinary arts industry. He also demonstrated proper carving and cutting techniques. Students then chopped up some vegetables that were to be used in the kitchen the next day. Those in attendance that evening enjoyed some refreshments and were excited about the upcoming events.
Upcoming topics and activities on the post’s agenda include: the Five Basic Cooking Techniques, Understanding “Sous Vide” Cooking Methods, Sustainable Seafood and Cooking Techniques, Understanding Nutrition and Healthy Easting, Environmental Impact of Cooking, two community service projects (Scouting for Food and cooking at a charity kitchen), visits to a farm or food vender, and a hotel visit. There will be a cook-off at the end of the year with the members cooking their favorite dish and serving it to the other members of the post.
There is still room for a couple of interested students. If you have any questions or are interested in joining Post 3142, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Werling at (703) 350-8628 or Michael.Werling@Scouting.org.
An exciting year is in store for Exploring Post 3142!