Field Work Term is our cooking class. It is when we master the art of ramen, peanut butter and jelly and easy mac. I’m joking, but I’m also not: Bennington doesn’t offer cooking classes, but there is nothing stopping you from using your FWT as a time to explore that interest, either in your own kitchen or working at a restaurant. Actually, I had a friend who did just that her freshman year. Extra-curricularly your hunger for food (is that a pun…I can’t tell) might be fulfilled through the student garden or Bennington Sustainable Food Project. The student’s in each tend to have a culinary flair.
Hi! I am off the meal plan so I cook every day! All the houses have kitchens, some even have two kitchens. Each style of housing is different so I took pictures of all three styles. Regardless of house, you will have a fridge, a stove/oven and a microwave. Some houses have a lot of pots and pans and things like that and some barely have any, depending on who lives there and if the houses chooses to spend a portion of its house budget on kitchen supplies. Any ingredients you have to buy for yourself. If you are serious, I highly recommend having your own pot, pan, cutting board, sharp knife and pie pan as well as a set of cutlery and dishes. If you only want to make the occasional batch of brownies or pot of mac n’ cheese, you’ll probably be fine with what is provided.
Hope this helps!
We don’t have classes in Latin and ancient Greek, although as I mentioned in an older post, Bennington has a connection at Williams College. Some students take classes there, but there are limits for how many students can take a class there per term.
We also do not have cooking classes, but there are plenty of opportunities to cook here. Each house has a kitchen, and we use them frequently. Also, you can use your Field Work Term or summer to gain cooking experience. I worked with a chef over my FWT and learned SO many cooking techniques. Here is one of the blog posts I did during this time.
Last night, two friends and I made dinner in my house. We made pasta with olive oil, basil, and red pepper flakes. As a side dish to add into the pasta, we sautéed onions and garlic in olive oil. This was a nice little dinner, and it was the perfect break from all the work we had to do last night. Also- the combination of flavors with the pasta and the onions was addictive. Luckily we only had one box of pasta!