Annapolis Basin Conference Centre is in negotiations with The Seafood Culinary Institute of Nova Scotia to be the location for their professional development program

We at ABCC are very pleased to share with you the following press release from the Digby Area Board of Trade website.

Seafood Culinary Institute Proposed to Guide Global Chefs
Published: 18 August 2015
August 18, 2015

(DIGBY, NS) An international culinary institute is being established to demonstrate to chefs from around the world how to select and prepare Atlantic seafood, and will soon be opening in Southwestern Nova Scotia.

The Seafood Culinary Institute of Nova Scotia is currently negotiating with the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre in Cornwallis Park, Annapolis County, to utilize the Centre’s extensive culinary and residential facilities for an eight month period each year. The Institute plans to provide a series of monthly professional development instruction for up to 20 chefs per month.

The Culinary Institute’s professional development program is designed for premium hotel and restaurant chefs around the world who want to enhance their seafood preparation and presentation skills.

It will be constructed around an experiential curriculum featuring in-depth and hands on specialized culinary skills development, allowing participants to see where and how various sea food is raised and/or harvested, processed, allowing chefs to interact one-on-one with producers currently supplying global markets; and then have world class kitchen access to prepare it under the guidance of professional chefs who work with Nova Scotia’s fine seafood daily.

“Seafood is presently the fasting growing protein worldwide, and Nova Scotia is becoming a leader in seafood product harvesting and marketing”, said Karen Enright the Institute’s founder and Executive Director, adding “And there’s a real demand from international hospitality retailers for professional development in preparation and presentation to encourage customer understanding and satisfaction.

Preliminary discussions have already been taking place with interested hospitality industry representatives, including serious expressions of interest from Asia.

Seafood Culinary Institute of Nova Scotia is hoping to host its professional development programme for the first group of visiting chefs by mid autumn.

Enright said that while the Institute is not seeking government funding it has reached out to provincial administrators in Nova Scotia for help in getting advice regarding regulatory and marketing guidance, and she was extremely pleased with the assistance the province has provided. “From our initial contacts ranging from Premier McNeil to senior staff members from several government departments we have received tremendous encouragement, information and instruction”, said Enright.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil lauded the vision and initiative being shown by the Institute’s creators, saying that this was the right time and location for such a proposal.

Premier McNeil added that Nova Scotia was the ideal setting to establish such a facility because “this is where the world’s best product is found”.

“Seafood is a major export commodity for Nova Scotia and China is one of our significant target markets, so it is vital that we reinforce the work we are currently doing in building brand recognition with the supporting knowledge of how to properly develop a positive consumer experience”, McNeil explained.

The Institute has also received overwhelming industry support from within Nova Scotia with offers of encouragement, technical and promotional assistance from well-known area chefs, leading restaurateurs, seafood companies, seafood marketing organizations, economic development and Nova Scotia cuisine advocacy organizations.

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For additional information contact:
Peter MacLellan
Marketing/Communications Director
Seafood Culinary Institute of Nova Scotia
(902) 308-3331
raeberryinfo@gmail.com

Heritage Minister Encourages Canada 2017 Participation in Southwest Nova Scotia

(l-r) Annapolis Royal Mayor Michael Tompkins; Alain Melanson (as Samuel de Champlain); Heritage and Official Languages Minister, the Hon. Shelley Glover; Municipality of Digby Warden Linda Gregory

(l-r) Annapolis Royal Mayor Michael Tompkins; Alain Melanson (as Samuel de Champlain); Heritage and Official Languages Minister, the Hon. Shelley Glover; Municipality of Digby Warden Linda Gregory

Annapolis Royal historical re-enactor Alain Melanson (right) presents Canada’s Mister of Heritage and Official Languages, the Hon. Shelly Glover with material recording the area’s heritage.

Annapolis Royal historical re-enactor Alain Melanson (right) presents Canada’s Mister of Heritage and Official Languages, the Hon. Shelly Glover with material recording the area’s heritage.

March 2, 2015

(ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS) Canada’s Minister of Heritage and Official Languages got a firsthand look at how southwest Nova Scotia is preparing for the country’s 150th birthday celebrations.

The federal Government is commemorating and supporting significant heritage milestones of a broad national perspective through the “Road to 2017” plan; and the Hon. Shelly Glover, federal Minister for Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, toured the area from Clare to Kings County on Friday and Saturday, meeting with municipal representatives; heritage and cultural groups; and business associations to explain and promote the initiative.

The visit was arranged and conducted by West Nova Member of Parliament Greg Kerr as part of his ongoing effort to encourage community preparedness and collaboration in benefiting from the commemoration.

“The area has to work together to design and advance a plan that best recognizes, supports and promotes its legendary historical and cultural legacy,” Kerr said, explaining, “Canada 2017 presents us with an opportunity that cannot be ignored.”

Kerr added that the shared process has to begin immediately, with the event only a couple of years away.

Minister Glover, at a meeting on Saturday with a number of sector representatives hosted by Annapolis Royal Mayor Michael Tompkins, underlined the pressing need for planning and preparation, and especially taking a collaborative approach.

“This is an opportunity for this wonderful area to accurately define the exceptional contribution it has made to Canadian culture and heritage, “Glover said,

The Minister commented that she was impressed with the level of community teamwork she witnessed during her visit.

“Keep working together, because this is not about a series of local initiatives; it is about building a collective legacy initiative that will connect us, and especially our children, with all of Canada,” she insisted.

It was a message that the Heritage Minister also pressed on Friday evening as she spoke to a gathering of municipal representatives from Argyle to Kings County, along with heritage and cultural leaders in Cornwallis Park.

Attending the event Warden Linda Gregory of the Municipality of Digby said that area communities were already working together, “We have been directly communicating with each other as municipal units and closely involving our heritage, cultural and business sectors.”

Last week seven area municipal units announced they had agreed on a collaborative initiative to develop a regional heritage and cultural funding strategy to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, indicating that their respective municipal units would entertain a draft inter-municipal agreement to identify and pursue specific legacy initiatives that would benefit the entire area.

The agreement would also allow for a corporation or not-for-profit organization to be created, giving more flexibility to the municipal units.

A regional Legacy Committee, chaired by Municipality of Annapolis Chief Administrative Officer John Ferguson, has been formed and has been meeting for the past six months.

Cornwallis Sea Cadets plan a boatload of training and fun

We always look forward to hosting the Cadets and welcoming HMCS Acadia every Summer for the HMCS ACADIA Sea Cadet Summer Training Program. For more info about the program, follow the link below!
http://www.cadets.ca/…/su…/training-centres-hmcs-acadia.page

Cornwallis Sea Cadets, Sea Cadets

Cornwallis Sea Cadets plan a boatload of training and fun – Community – The Digby Courier.