St. Martha’s Catholic School Visits Culinary Innovation Lab


SARASOTA, Fla. (March 23, 2015) – Fifteen middle school students from Saint Martha’s Catholic School visited the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Culinary Innovation Lab (CIL) on March 20th to tour the hands-on hospitality teaching facility and edible garden located out front.

Chef Garry Colpitts, CIL’s culinary services manager, showcased a recipe using ingredients from the edible garden and talked about the importance of organization in a professional kitchen. The students helped prepare the recipe and learned about the opportunities USF Sarasota-Manatee provides in the hospitality industry.

“It is important to educate our youth on where food comes from, the importance of eating a healthy diet consisting of locally grown produce, and how restaurants can grow their own produce,” said Joe Askren, instructor and director of the Culinary Innovation Lab.