NEW YORK August 2005 - The James Beard Foundation and New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies team up to launch in September 2005 an appetizing new series of food and wine courses that promise to feed students’ minds, souls and appetites (

Among the highlights are:

  • For the Zagat-conscious crowd, the School offers an exclusive opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of New York’s hottest restaurants, spend time with their chefs and indulge in a specially prepared meal at the end. Students can choose to visit with chef Thomas Keller at “Per Se”, chef Noriyuki Sugie at “Asiate” or chef Gray Kunz at “Café Gray.”
  • Our country’s love affair [some say obsession] with hamburgers inspired George Motz’s new documentary film Hamburger America and, now, NYU SCPS course “Hamburger Heaven”. After a screening of the film, which chronicle’s Motz’s cross-country quest for the best burgers, students get to sample a selection of burger creations from chef Paul Simon at the NYU Torch Club restaurant.
  • “The James Beard House: An Insider’s Tour and Dining Experience” includes a visit to famous Greenwich Village townhouse where Beard cooked and Champagne Indulgence dinner prepared by chef Christian “Hitsch” Albin and The Four Seasons’s pastry chef Patrick Lemble.

Other courses include:

  • Wine aficionados can indulge their passion with “Becoming a Wine Expert: The Essentials of Wine Tasting”; “Wine and Food Odd Couples: Red Wine with Fish? White Wine with Cheese?” and “Born in Bubbles.”
  • In “Get to Know All-American Cheese” students set aside their notions of plastic-wrapped ‘singles’, and learn about the emergence of high-quality domestic cheese market; cheese tasting included.
  • For the career minded, “So You’ve Always Wanted to Be a Chef” let’s students explores the ins-and-outs of transforming their passion for cooking into a full-time gig.

Please visit for detailed course descriptions with dates, times and tuition and to register please visit, or call 212 998-7200.

Based in New York City, The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the practice and appreciation of the culinary arts in America. In addition to sponsoring The James Beard Foundation Awards, the Foundation administers scholarships annually, holds special events at the historic James Beard House in Greenwich Village and around the nation, and maintains an archival culinary library. For more information on the Foundation, please visit.

For over 70 years, NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University [] has been a recognized leader in the education of adult learners, enrolling more than 50,000 students annually. Each semester the School offers over 1,500 courses, seminars and conferences that span more than 125 fields. Further, busy professionals have a choice of 13 masters degree programs, 21 bachelors programs, six associates degrees and seven graduate and over 160 other professional certificate programs to educate them for leadership in New York City’s key business sectors.

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