| April 4, 2013

Triton College and Cantata Adult Life Services explore culture through cuisine with new courses

River Grove, Ill. – “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are,” wrote Frenchman Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Food can tell us many things about a person’s culture, including the landscape of which they’re from, their religion, or even the context of the kind of event they’re attending, whether it be a marriage or funeral.

Starting summer 2013, individuals can learn how various cuisines relate to different cultures and unique heritages with a new series of courses available through Triton College’s School of Continuing Education.

Through a partnership with Cantata Adult Life Services in Brookfield, the following classes will be available starting the summer 2013 semester:

Mexican Cuisine

Mexican cuisine is known for its blending of indigenous and Spanish influences, and also for its use of local agriculture. Mexican staples include corn, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, chocolate, eggplants, avocados and many varieties of squash, vanilla and chilles. In this class, you’ll learn about traditional Mexican dishes, including tamales, bunueolos, mole and other delicious fare.

Cost: $175

Meets: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 20 (8-hour course)

Location: Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL


Italian Cuisine

There’s one word to describe the relationship that Italians have with food – Amore! In this class, you’ll learn the art and history behind the Italian sequence of eating: antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dessert. Taste history as you explore and learn how to prepare dishes inspired by specific regions of Italy. You’ll also learn about the vast range of artfully made Italian cheeses, wines and coffees.

Cost: $175

Meets: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 13 (8-hour course)

Location: Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL


Polish Cuisine

Polish cuisine is wholesome, hearty and full of flavor. The staples of the Polish diet are meat, bread, potatoes and other root vegetables that can be grown in Poland’s cool atmosphere. In this class, you will explore Polish foods, such as pierogi, paczki, placki, borschst and babka. You’ll also learn about the varieties of vodka originating from this spirited country.

Cost: $175

Meets: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 27 (8-hour course)

Location: Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL


To register, contact the Triton College School of Continuing Education at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500 or visit



Triton College is one of the nation’s premier two-year institutions of higher education dedicated to student success. Located 14 miles from downtown Chicago, in River Grove, the school offers close to 100 degree and certificate programs at its 100-acre campus that features a comfortable, friendly and diverse atmosphere. More than 15,000 students enroll at Triton each year to take advantage of Triton’s small, accessible classes, qualified faculty, affordability and financial assistance. Triton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; member, North Central Association.


Cantata Adult Life Services is a not-for-profit organization that provides adult life services, including home care and care management, handyman and home improvement services, fitness and wellness programs, lifelong learning classes, independent living apartment homes, assisted living apartments, rehabilitation services, outpatient therapies and other services designed to help adults 55 and better live their best lives. The overarching goal of the organization is to facilitate active living and the continuation of healthy relationships with and among people of all ages, as the basis of a full, harmonious and naturally fulfilling life.

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