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Secrets of the Caterer

Secrets of the Caterer

$95.00 (USD)

Offered in partnership with Kent State University Ashtabula



A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? 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.

Week 1
Lesson 01 - Getting Started
Have you dreamed of having fun and making money while cooking delicious food? Well, dream no more! Today we're going to learn all about the wonderful world of catering. You'll find out what the catering business is really like. We'll look into the ups and downs of having a home-based business. You'll get to explore your personal skill set. And finally, you'll do some cooking.
Lesson 02 - Quality Ingredients
Chefs often say that the key to great cooking is using quality ingredients. But what exactly are quality ingredients any way? After today, you'll know what they are and how to choose them. You'll also learn how to build your personal pantry so that you always have the right tools on hand for any kind of catering activity. And you'll get what every caterer needs: several exciting and delicious recipes.
Week 2
Lesson 03 - Preparing Beautiful Food
Since we're first attracted to food with our eyes, delicious food also needs to be beautiful. In this lesson, you'll discover techniques for making any dish visually attractive. You'll learn how to arrange and present food in creative ways. You'll find out about easy and effective garnishes and how to work with them. And then you'll get to practice your new skills with several recipes.
Lesson 04 - Appetizers
Appetizers and hors d' oeuvres are an important part of any catered meal. So in this lesson, you'll learn how to pair appetizers and hors d' oeuvres with entrées. You'll see how to make them attractive and how to present them to your guests. And last, but not least, you'll get several tried-and-true appetizers and hors d' oeuvres recipes.
Week 3
Lesson 05 - Main Courses
Today you'll learn the secrets caterers use to prepare delicious main courses. You'll find out how to choose the best main course, select the right ingredients for them, and serve them to your guests. And you'll have the opportunity to prepare several main courses.
Lesson 06 - Delicious Desserts
From brownies to cheesecake, everyone loves dessert! So today we'll explore different kinds of desserts and how to choose the right one for your event. You'll learn a number of dessert-making secrets and you'll have an opportunity to prepare several of them.
Week 4
Lesson 07 - Beverages
Drinks are an important part of any meal. As a caterer, you'll always want to serve beverages that are refreshing and unique. So 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.
Lesson 08 - Serving It Up: Presentation
Stemware, flatware, dishes, oh my! Don't worry: serving dishes don't have to be cause for great concern. With just a few tips and tricks under your belt, you'll learn how to choose the best serving dishes and flatware for any occasion. Today you'll see how to keep things practical, but still make everything beautiful. You'll also learn how to formally arrange flatware for any occasion. And of course, you'll get more recipes.
Week 5
Lesson 09 - Condiments and Sides
Condiments and sides are a critical part of a great meal. They can also be a big headache. But with the skills you'll learn today, you'll be able to provide condiments and sides without any fuss. You'll find out how to serve them easily, safely, and without a bunch of problems.
Lesson 10 - Event and Menu Planning: Make it Special
Menu planning may seem a bit overwhelming. After all, combining the right items with the right event can be difficult. But you can master this planning skill! In this lesson, you'll learn to create the perfect menu for the perfect event. You'll see how you can manage menu items and keep your menu from becoming boring or too complicated. You'll even find a number of sample menus and recipes you can use for your events.
Week 6
Lesson 11 - Managing the Business of Catering
Since catering is a business, you'll need to manage expenses and turn a profit. Today, we'll 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. You'll also find out how to set personal boundaries and take care of yourself so that your catering business doesn't overwhelm your life.
Lesson 12 - Your First Catering Event
In this lesson, we'll walk through a day in the life of a caterer. 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. Next, you'll discover how to organize your time, plan the event, and deliver your first job with great success. Using what you learn today, you'll be able to plan and complete your first catering job!





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