Hero’s going to Disney World.
She’s been having a great time at tech school. I love hearing her stories, especially when she complains about the other kids not being serious enough about it. That tells me she IS taking it seriously. So far she’s done the industrial cooking section (cafeterias), commercial cooking (restaurant kitchen), and is now doing the front of house component. She won’t do the baking component until her last marking period, but as of right now, she’s most interested in the commercial area. Which, yay! I think she’ll have more opportunities as a chef than a baker. And maybe I can get out of having to cook dinner all the time!
The school is offering a special opportunity for their culinary and hospitality students this year. They are sponsoring a themed trip to Disney World in Florida to get some direct learning experience in a major hospitality venue. It sounds like a really amazing program. I’m kind of jealous, because I’d love to do it myself!
During this trip, the students will:
- Visit the Epcot Land pavilion to meet with the master gardeners there to discuss food production and resources, and will get to cook with some of the ingredients grown there.
- Spend a morning at Le Cordon Bleu Academy, an internationally recognized culinary school with a campus at Disney, for four hours of intense culinary education, culminating in a feast of their own creation!
- Go behind the scenes at The Grand Floridian, one of Disney’s premiere hotels. Here they will get to learn what goes into running a first class hospitality enterprise, from the front desk to the back of house and into the kitchens.
- Tour the World Showcase restaurants and talk to the staff about their experiences with food from their native regions.
- Talk with executives from all over the property, from the head chefs to hotel managers and more, with the chance to ask them questions about working in the industry.
- Meet other students and chefs from all over the country, with powerful networking opportunities.
- And of course have opportunities to explore the park and have fun!
I’m especially excited for her about the Le Cordon Bleu opportunity, since the school is closing their doors in the US and will only be available in Europe after next year.
The only problem is that it’s expensive. $1,600ish. I’ve already put down $500, and she’s been doing fundraising that the school is offering, but it’s still going to take a big chunk of change on our part. I was getting a little desperate, so I started a fundraising campaign on one of those websites. Not GoFundMe, because I heard some horror stories about them not releasing the money quickly. We went with RallyUp, which has been working well. But we aren’t even halfway to our goal.
I’m sure most of you reading this have already seen my pitches, but if you haven’t, we could really use your help. We’re offering baked goods and knitting in exchange for donations. Seriously, if you are looking for a gift, I am DYING to make someone a Celestarium shawl.
I made this one for my mother, and it’s just gorgeous. Those holes? Glass beads laid out in the patterns of the constellations. Total heirloom quality, which is why I don’t feel bad requiring such a large donation for it. Or for a smaller donation, I can make a scarf.
Again, heirloom quality. Totally worth a donation!
The final payment is due next Friday. So please, spread the word, share the love, and let me knit something for you! (Hero’s red and white brownie/blondies are amazing, too. I’m just saying!)
ETA: Like a moron, I forgot to include the link to the RallyUp! campaign! If you are interested in helping out (THANK YOU!), you can find all the deets here.