Mixing it up with RCC’s Chef Bright

Mixing it up with RCC’s Chef Bright: Rappahannock Community College's Chef Hatley Bright shares details on her new Mixology 101 courses.

Chef Hatley Bright has worked in the restaurant industry for most of her adult life. She has trained in Italy and France, but loves to create local regional cuisine. Chef Bright likes to teach a variety classes with an emphasis on improving on the basics, learning new skills and bringing out the fun side of being in the kitchen.

Chef Hatley Bright, director of the Culinary Arts program at Rappahannock Community College, will be sharing her skills this summer in a new series of courses. These will be offered to the general public at RCC’s Kilmarnock Center, through the college’s Workforce and Community Development Office.

Chef Bright is presenting three “Home Chef” classes, as well as “Mixology 101,” which will transform its students into expert bartenders. “You’ll be able to walk out of the class straight into a bar or restaurant job, totally prepared and confident,” says Bright.

For “Mixology 101,” those wishing to register must be at least 21 years old. Students will learn the basic skills and essential techniques of bartending, including popular shaken and stirred drinks, beer, wine, garnishes, and glassware use. On-the-job problem solving and customer service basics will be discussed, and the class will end with the ServSafe Alcohol Certification exam. It will be held on June 3, 10, 17, and 24 (Tuesdays), 5-7:30 p.m., at a cost of $349 per person.

The Home Chef classes will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on three Thursdays: May 22, and June 5 and 12. “Summer Entertaining” will demonstrate simple and fast ideas for great parties, including grilling tips and recipes, quick appetizers, and desserts. “Quick and Delicious” offers valuable advice for persons whose time is limited, but who still want to provide healthy and tasty meals for their families. “Salad Surprise” gives the salad course a makeover, from a bland and boring side dish to a meal-in-a-bowl that stars as the main attraction. “Salads are big on volume and a great source of nutrients,” says Chef Bright.

To register for any of these classes, please call the Kilmarnock Center at 804-435-8970. For each of the Home Chef classes, a “buy-one-get-one-free” feature means that anyone who registers at the regular price of $29 per person can bring a friend at no extra charge.

In addition to directing the Culinary Arts program, Chef Bright has recently taken on the responsibility of food and beverage coordinator for RCC’s annual Preakness Party fundraiser (May 18). She will act as liaison between the college and all the fine area restaurants whose chefs will be donating their talents to the occasion.