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Noted Mexican culinary expert brings sizzlin' workshop to campus

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jane Butel

Jane Butel

Jane Butel wears the title Chile Queen with aplomb. Often credited with starting the Tex-Mex cooking craze, she wrote and taught about Southwestern and regional Mexican cuisine before most people knew how to pronounce “jalapeno.”

Her educational roots are chile-free. After graduating from K-State’s College of Human Ecology with a degree in home economics and journalism and after carrying hefty positions such as vice president for American Express in New York, Butel became a devotee of the chile and its accompanying cuisine. She has written “Real Women Eat Chiles” (Northland, 2006) and 19 other cookbooks.

Workshop to be Feb. 25 and 26

Butel brings her internationally-famous skills to campus Feb. 25 and 26 for the annual Culinary Enhancement Workshop sponsored by the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics.

“Flavors of the Sizzlin’ Southwest,” the Feb. 25 workshop for foodservice professionals and alumni, is limited to 50 attendees. The first 30 to register will make tamales in an hour-long hands-on session with Butel.

Registration for the workshop in Derby Dining Center closes Feb. 12. Cost ranges from $100 for an individual to $500 for Culinary Leader sponsorship.

On Feb. 26, Butel repeats the workshop for students.

One of top cooking schools

Real Women Eat ChilesHer cooking school in New Mexico, named one of the best in the U.S. by Gayot.com and Bon Appétit magazine, has been featured in publications around the world. Butel also conducts culinary tours in Mexico and Spain.

The teacher’s topics at K-State will be chili madness, corn craze and the evolving Southwest. Lunch will feature her favorite recipes.

Registration includes demonstrated recipes, lunch, beverages and a copy of “Chili Madness, a Passionate Cookbook by Jane Butel” (Workman, 2008).

For information, contact Missy Schrader at schrader@ksu.edu. To register by phone, call Charla Henry at 785-532-7536 or 800-432-1578.

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Jane Butel food photo

Tortilla Soup from Jane Butel

This article was posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010, and is filed under Hospitality Management.