From Northern Spain to South Seattle Community College: A special day of food and wine

(WSB photos by Ellen Cedergreen)
South Seattle Community College‘s food and wine programs are famous in their own right – perhaps because they’re open to even international education, with guests like the team from Spain that came in on Thursday. Among the team that led cooking and wine classes and presentations almost all day was guest sommelier Jesús Sanguino Collado (above). The featured wines and foods were from the Castilla y León region of Spain. Click ahead to see what they tried, and how:

WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen reports that the presentation was sponsored by Junta de Castilla y León in conjunction with Ade Internacional Excal. The Spanish chef on hand was restaurateur Francisco Alongo Martin-Hinojal (below left), who was also at SSCC a year ago:

The culinary students were treated to demonstrations by Francisco with SSCC chefs on hand in the kitchen. Each dish was passed around and students were encouraged to sample, comment, and ask questions:

The ingredients were a huge part of the affair since they are local to the Castilla y León region of Spain and are not readily available at any supermarket. Here, the class examined an ingredient list:

Ellen says she learned that would-be chefs can find Junta de Castilla y Leon products locally at the Spanish Table near Pike Place Market, and a more limited selection at Whole Foods markets. Behind the scenes, there were impromptu culinary conferences like this one:

The menu in order of presentation:

Sabores de Castilla con aceite de oliva — Flavors of Castile with olive oil
Sopa de Ajos Castellana con Jamon, chorizo, yema y cruijiente de jamon — Garlic soup with Serrano ham, egg yolk with crispy ham
Tortilla de Patata con 3 mayonesas — Spanish omelet with 3 mayonnaise sauce (that’s what’s being passed around in our next photo):

Queso de Cabra Frito con carmelo de pimiento — Castillian Goat Cheese with caramelized pepper
Morcilla Rebozada de Pistachos con salsa de piñones y pasas — Breaded Blood Sausage with pistachios in a pine nut and currant sauce
Carne de Cerdo con aire de queso y patatas chips — Pork with cheese foam and potato chips
Bizcocho con salsa de naranja al amaretto y sorbete de mandarina — Biscocho with orange amaretto sauce

Then, reports Ellen, came the wine tasting. Jesús Sanguino Collado, with a focus on enjoyment, began each and every round with encouragement to “always enjoy … one wine, one woman, one food” and then proceeded to engage the class in a discussion:

Students tried two whites, a rosé, and five reds, all from the Castille y León region. Olives and pickles were passed around after each initial tasting to bring out particular notes and encourage further discussion. After swirling, smelling, tasting, and then decoding each wine’s particular attributes, tasters were encouraged to discuss optimal food pairings.

As you probably know, SSCC is home of the acclaimed Northwest Wine Academy, whose Regina Daigneault facilitated the guest sommelier’s presentation:

The wines that were featured:
*Martísancho Verdejo 2009, D.O. Rueda
*Pazo de Arribi Godello 2009, D.O. Bierzo
*Fuente del Conde Rosado 2009, D.O. Cigales
*Viña Gormaz Ribera del Duero 2009, D.O. Ribera del Duero
*Vega Montán Mencía 2009, D.O. Bierzo
*Dehesa la Granja 2004, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León
*Flor de Páramo Prieto Picudo 2009, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León
*Tinto Pesquera 2007, D.O. Ribera del Duero

For more information on SSCC’s Northwest Wine Academy, you can go here; information on the Culinary Arts programs is here.

12 Replies to "From Northern Spain to South Seattle Community College: A special day of food and wine"

  • cjboffoli January 21, 2011 (1:51 am)

    Forget France and Italy. Spain is really where the most interesting things are happening culinarily right now. How fortunate to have a little bit of true Spanish cooking in West Seattle.

  • CandrewB January 21, 2011 (5:48 am)


  • ellenater January 21, 2011 (7:34 am)

    I agree with you Christopher. It was gastronomic greatness!

  • JB January 21, 2011 (2:48 pm)

    Dude is sporting some serious bling. Anyone know what that is around his neck?

  • ellenater January 21, 2011 (5:32 pm)

    No but I will try to find out. I wondered about that too. Probably has something to do with wine. I know, SHOCKING. It looked like a little bowl…

  • WSB January 21, 2011 (5:52 pm)

    I finally found what it’s called. Only place I have ever seen one is on cruise ships, when the sommelier comes around to the table to try to coax you into drinking something overpriced before and during dinner.

  • westseattledood January 21, 2011 (6:07 pm)

    A professional sippy-cup? ;)

  • ellenater January 21, 2011 (10:40 pm)

    nice :)

  • Mary January 22, 2011 (12:57 am)

    Way to go, SSCC, Northwest Wine Academy, and Reggie!

  • Carter January 22, 2011 (12:25 pm)

    Thanks for your coverage of this unique event. Great job! What lucky students! I was fortunate enough to have spent a couple of weeks in this part of Spain in 2009. Castilla y Léon is the largest province in all of Europe and has too much to offer for a two week trip, from the coastal seafood and white wines to the cured meats and hot reds of the mountainous interior. Upon returning, I discovered The Spanish Table and have been a regular ever since. I still incorporate the food and wine I was exposed to on my trip in my dinner parties.

  • ellenater January 22, 2011 (4:33 pm)


    I am generally free for dinner. ;)

  • uninvited January 25, 2011 (2:36 am)

    2. I can see people from PIO on the pictures and others outside of food and wine departments. I wish the event would be announced to all interested to attend at South and not just to PIO people.

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