Friday, January 7, 2011

CIA launches "Grapes Make the Plate: Fresh Ideas for Modern Menus" online learning module

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has introduced "Grapes Make the Plate: Fresh Ideas for Modern Menus," a free online resource on the college's website illustrating the flavorful, healthful, and wide-ranging ways in which fresh California table grapes can create eye-candy color appeal and menu inspiration for chefs and the home cook alike.

Black Grape Sorbet with Goat Cheese Mousse and Honey Tuile

"Grapes Make the Plate: Fresh Ideas for Modern Menus" explores using California grapes in everything from soups and salads to main courses and desserts. Through online videos, chef-tested recipes, and information on the nutritional value of fresh grapes, the online learning module presents scores of new ideas exploring the grape's culinary potential, including underutilized techniques such as juicing, roasting, carbonizing, and frying grapes that create compelling textures and nuanced flavors.

The module is presented by Grapes from California and can be found at