The University of Tennessee Conference Center is housed in the former Rich’s department store that once featured the Laurel Tea Room on the top floor. Students in the Culinary & Catering Program now serve guests in the former tea room and were inspired by their historic surroundings to create a luncheon series that would honor…

Long Island, New York native Tara Garland moved to Knoxville to study mathematics at the University of Tennessee. It was there she found her passion, and that passion was cooking. Tara tells her story: “When I first started the Culinary & Catering Program, I was studying math at UT and was looking for something to…

The world is your oyster, so to speak, when choosing a culinary school. There are so many options, and what you learn can vary from program to program. Traditional vs. Non-Traditional A traditional culinary school will teach the fundamentals, including food safety and sanitation, proper cooking techniques, best foodservice practices, and kitchen and dining management….

On Friday, March 3, students in the UT Culinary & Catering Program hosted the “Family-Style Luncheon”—the first of a three-part luncheon series called “Laurel’s Echo”—at the UT Conference Center in downtown Knoxville. The Conference Center is housed in the former Rich’s department store that once featured the Laurel Tea Room on the top floor. Students…

The only thing better than really good food is really good food served fast. Here are six kitchen hacks that will cut your ticket times in half while keeping your dishes top notch.

If you want to open a catering business, it’s important to consider which catering niche you want to build your brand around. Your business should reflect your passion, so the food you serve should be the food you love to cook. Take a look at the four most common niches of professional catering and then choose a style that complements both your skills and your personality!

The answers to these three questions will help you decide which culinary program is right for you and from there, you’ll be able to narrow down your options and choose the one that meets your needs.

Although some might believe cooking is cooking, feeding 200 people at a wedding reception is much different than feeding the next customer who walks into your restaurant. While both jobs require some of the same skills, they also require many different ones.

It’s not every day you have time to cook at your leisure. When life is busy, sometimes it’s nice to have a few simple tricks up your sleeve to make dinner taste just a little bit better. Here are 10 easy ways to save time, improve food flavor, and minimize stress in the kitchen.

Since 2013, the UT Culinary & Catering Program has graduated many students who are now working in the foodservice industry benefiting from the skills and knowledge they learned during their intensive training in the culinary arts and catering and restaurant management.