COA Culinary Arts Students provide “An Evening in Edenton”

By on November 11, 2019

(Left to right): COA Culinary Arts students Sean Swanner (Chowan), Jacob Hollowell (Perquimans), Faith Matthews (Pasquotank), Madison Horsman (Currituck), Michael Arnold (Washington), and Kane Norman (Dare) explain the preparation and ingredients of each dish at An Evening in Edenton.  Not pictured: Quinten Carignan (Chowan) and Larrisha Fleming (Washington)

Guests attending An Evening in Edenton on Thursday, November 7, at College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Edenton-Chowan Campus were treated to an Italian gourmet meal by students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program.

Robin Zinsmeister, campus administrator of the Edenton-Chowan Campus, welcomed the 35 guests in attendance and thanked them for participating in the evening’s event. She explained that the event would showcase the tremendous amount of learning the culinary students had already accomplished, after only receiving 58 days of classroom instruction thus far.

Chef Leslie Lippincott, associate professor/program coordinator of the Culinary Arts program, shared that the students prepared menu items, with each student contributing to the “big flavors” incorporated within the dishes for the night’s theme, “A Culinary Jaunt Through Italy!”

The meal included Arugula and Pear Salad, Shrimp and Tortellini fra Diavolo, Arancini with salsa marinara, Venetian Stuffed Shells, Veal Saltimbocca, Delicata “Donuts”, Short Rib and Mushroom Ragu, Mini Sausage Calzones, and Tiramisu for dessert. At the conclusion of the meal, the eight culinary students (who began preparing the meal at 8:00 that morning) explained their process for making each dish. Guests were also asked to fill out a short survey about their experience including quality of food and presentation, student service and favorite dish.

For more information about the Culinary Arts program at COA, visit or contact Leslie Lippincott at

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