I am elated that I chose to take this particular course. I enjoy cooking and entertaining guest on a regular basis. The course has really taught me some important information that I was not aware of."
I enjoyed this course very much. I've already told my friends about it. Thank you for making it so interesting and covering so many topics of concern."
I found this course wonderful, exciting,and fun. All the recipies that I tried were delicious, and when I shared them with my friends they got rave reviews. Several of the people who tried the chocolate-chip cookie dough truffles asked me for the recipe! Thank you so much for all your help. This was the most fun I've had taking a course--ever!!"
I really enjoyed the course. I will be using the lessons in my everyday cooking. I love to cook-I might consider doing catering after I retire from my corporate job. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes."
I took this course for fun, but actually learned a lot more than I expected to. Thank you very much for a fun and informative class. I hope you offer other courses in the future."
This was the BEST CLASS I have taken so far. I have learned a great deal and will use the knowledge that I got out of this class in the present and future. I recommend this course to anyone! Thanks Dawn!"
Course Code: bac
Find out what the catering business is really like, look into the ups and downs of having a home-based business, and explore your personal skill set. Then, learn what quality ingredients are and how to choose them. You’ll also learn how to build your personal pantry so you always have the right tools on hand for any kind of catering activity. And, you’ll get several exciting and delicious recipes.
In this lesson, you'll discover techniques for making any dish visually attractive with tips on arranging and presenting food as well as effective garnishes. Then, you'll learn how to pair appetizers and hors d' oeuvres with entrées. You’ll also get several tried-and-true appetizers and hors d' oeuvres recipes.
Learn the secrets caterers use to prepare delicious main courses. Then, explore different kinds of desserts and how to choose the right one for your event.
In this lesson, you'll learn all about teas, coffees, and punches. You'll get delicious recipes you can try and you'll see how to garnish drinks for that extra special touch. Then, you'll learn how to choose the best serving dishes and flatware for any occasion keeping things practical but still making everything look beautiful.
Condiments and sides are a critical part of a great meal and with the skills you gain in this lesson, you'll be able to provide condiments and sides without any fuss. Then, you'll learn to create the perfect menu for the perfect event. You'll even find a number of sample menus and recipes you can use for your events.
Cover managing the business of catering. You'll learn how to price menus, figure profit, track your income and expenses, create contracts, and arrive at a healthy bottom line. And finally, you'll see how to work with your client, how to help your client choose the right food, and how to get a signed contract and down payment. You'll also discover how to organize your time, plan the event, and deliver your first job with great success.
Dawn Simmons is a private caterer who has provided a number of catering services for individuals and businesses. Before starting her own home-based catering business, Dawn worked for various restaurants and worked as a caterer for a major hotel chain. Dawn is skilled at presenting great food with flair, and eagerly shares the tricks of her trade with her students. Take her course, and you too will know how to create food that looks as good as it tastes.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.