When she stops to think about it, Annie Bronchetti is following in a long family tradition.
Her grandparents grew up on farms; her father was always his own boss as a contractor; and her mother operated a bed and breakfast and arts businesses.
Now, Annie, who finished her Culinary Arts degree in December, is starting Sustainable Table, a new personal chef business, providing service for her Bethlehem community and beyond. She will meet with clients, get to know their tastes and lifestyles, go shopping, and make five nights of meals for them in their home. Then, when the client comes home in the evening, they will find Annie’s delicious entrees and side dishes labeled with instructions in their refrigerators.
Her focus is on organic and locally-grown produce. “I’d like to do my piece to fill that space, to connect people with local farmers and purveyors so they can integrate farm-to-table into their own lives,” Annie said.
Sustainable Table will combine Annie’s love for cooking with her business acumen. She started at the College in 2014 after more than three decades in accounting and finance. She already had a master’s degree in Accounting and bachelor’s degree in Business Economics before she started at SUNY Schenectady. “I started taking culinary classes in 2014 and after the third week I decided to matriculate into the program.” Actually, the idea for Sustainable Table and even the catchy name grew out of a project she was working on in her Menu Planning class.
Since he started taking classes here during summer 2017, Barry Guild describes the experience this way: “I’m having the time of my life.”
He is a Chemical Dependency Counseling major and a member of the Student Volunteer Organization, who also made the President’s List, a particularly gratifying achievement. “I am getting good grades and I love the program here. I plan on maintaining the President’s List status.”
He admits he was apprehensive when he first enrolled at the College, but that quickly faded. “When I walked in, being one of the oldest students, I thought it might bother me,” he said. “But it didn’t. The younger students were speaking a language that I once spoke.”
A member of the IDEAL (Interactional Diversity, Engagement, And Leadership) Program, last semester Barry facilitated an addictions discussion with four panelists sharing their journey through recovery, an area close to his heart. He has learned about the value of self-care through the classes in his major. “I cannot provide consoling to someone else if I’m not taking care of myself,” Barry explained. “I learned that in class. The compassion that my professors teach their subject matter with is unbelievable.”
Barry has interned at the Bridge Center, a halfway house in Schenectady. He plans to graduate next year and transfer to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and then do per diem counseling.
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