19786
Oregon
Cooking With Your Grandchild Along the Oregon Coast
Learn the meaning behind “farm to table” as you and your grandchild catch fish, pick blueberries and prepare your own culinary delights at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute.
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Program No. 19786RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Arrival & Check-in, Welcome & Introductions, Orientation
Coos Bay, OR
D
Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls

Dinner: Dinner is a buffet in the Empire Cafe (dining hall) with a variety of choices. Grandparents are responsible for supervising their grandchildren in their selections. The college food service is supervised by the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) and offers opportunities for OCCI students to work under the direction of industry professionals.

Evening: WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS: Meet the program staff and begin getting to know your fellow participants and culinary adventurers. ORIENTATION: We will have an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, your gear, and answer any questions you may have.

DAY
2
Visit Old Town Bandon and go crabbing on the docks.
Coos Bay, OR
B,L,D
Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls

Breakfast: Empire Cafe, on campus.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Meet Marty Giles, naturalist and director of Wavecrest Discoveries. Marty will talk about the fishing industry and show us how to tell what boats serve what purpose. She will talk about the different types of bait, show us how to toss and pull our crab rings, and how to tell the difference between a male and female crab. HANDS ON COOKING DEMONSTRATION: An OCCI chef will demonstrate methods of preparing the catch of crab and fresh salmon. In addition to the entrée, grandparent-grandchild teams will learn how to prepare appropriate side dishes with the fresh produce picked from the OCCI garden to accompany this delicious meal.

Lunch: Picnic lunch. If you finish your meal early you can explore Bandon!

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After some free time for exploring Old Town Bandon, we will be visiting Face Rock Creamery. Face Rock is a young, Award-Winning cheddar creamery that exceeds in making delicious cheeses! Specializing in cheddar, Face Rock Creamery believes in a classic approach to cheese making where things are done the old fashion way, and nothing artificial or unnecessary is added. Grandparents and grandchildren will have the chance to learn more about the creamery and will have many opportunities to try cheese samples.

Dinner: Enjoy the fruits of your labors and more!

Evening: INFORMAL TIME: Spend the rest of the evening continuing to make new friends and talking about what you enjoyed most. Don't forget to get to bed early for an early start tomorrow!

DAY
3
Fishing, Cooking Demonstration. Enjoy Your Fresh Fish Dinner
Coos Bay, OR
B,L,D
Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls

Breakfast: Empire Cafe, on campus.

Morning: FISHING FIELD TRIP: Fishing Along the Beautiful Oregon Coast. We will board a 20-person capacity fishing boat with a comfortable cabin, staffed by an experienced and helpful crew. We will spend the morning cruising in waters 60-200 feet deep and from 1 to 2.5 miles offshore. Everyone will be fishing for Blue Rock Fish, Black Rock Fish, Cabazone, Quill Back, Tiger Rock, Yellow Tail, Vermilion, China Rock, and Ling Cod. You will also have opportunities to see kelp pads, reefs, pinnacles, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, sea birds, and a commercial port.**Disclaimer: In order to ensure a marvelous experience, bring motion sickness medicine. If you have never been out to sea or are prone to motion sickness, consider opting-out of this activity.**

Lunch: Returning to land, we will have lunch back on campus.

Afternoon: HANDS ON COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Experienced chefs of the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute will lead a cooking demonstration where you will learn how to prepare fresh fish for a delicious menu. After the demonstration, we will clean the fish we caught and prepare fillets under expert guidance.

Dinner: Dine on the delicious fish dinner you helped prepare.

Evening: INFORMAL TIME: By now you have gotten into the rhythm of Southern Oregon, a very special place.

DAY
4
Eat and pick blueberries. Then make jam and blueberry pie.
Coos Bay, OR
B,L,D
Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls

Breakfast: Empire Cafe, on campus.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Blueberries! Blueberries are not just tasty, they are big business in Oregon. In 2011, more than 300 growers harvested more than 65 million pounds. Blueberries contain a load of vitamins and minerals and have all sorts of health benefits. We will travel to a farm in the Fairview mountain valley of Coquille, explore the farm and learn which berries to pick by color and the best gathering techniques. We will then spend a beautiful summer morning picking delicious Southern Oregon Blueberries. You can eat berries as you pick them, but be sure to save as much as you can for this afternoon’s demonstration.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: HANDS ON COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Back on campus, we will learn how to make jams and will even make some you can take home to enjoy with family and friends. In addition to making jams, tonight’s menu calls for homemade berry pie for dessert. We will also see demonstrations by OCCI's chef's on how to prepare oysters.

Dinner: Top off dinner with some of the scrumptious blueberry pies you helped make.

Evening: INFORMAL TIME: What did you have the most fun doing today?

DAY
5
Total Solar Eclipse and Mystery Basket Competition
Coos Bay, OR
B,L,D
Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls

Breakfast: On bus, en-route to view the Total Solar Eclipse

Morning: Depart from Southwestern and travel by bus two and a half hours to view the Total Solar Eclipse. From our vantage point we will be one of the first in the country to view this as the shadow makes landfall just north of our location. We will be able to view the eclipse for about 1 minute and 58 seconds as we will be in the "path of totality".

Lunch: Lunch at one of the eateries along the Oregon Coast.

Afternoon: HANDS ON: “Oregon Chef” Mystery Basket Competition. Test your skills in a friendly competition. Each table team of grandparent-grandchild will be given a basket of foods used in menus during the week to create a three-course meal. The dishes will be presented to three judges, who will announce the Road Scholar “Oregon Chefs”!

Dinner: Farewell Dinner/Dessert

Evening: INFORMAL TIME: The program is coming to an end, so enjoy this last evening in the company of new friends!

DAY
6
Program Concludes. Safe Travels!
Coos Bay, OR
B

Breakfast: Empire Cafe, on campus.

Morning: The program concludes after breakfast. For your convenience, check-out at the Lighthouse Depot will be between 9:00am-11:00am. Please return your keys and lanyard for your end-of-the-week DVD. We hope you have enjoyed this exciting program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys! Downtown Coos Bay hosts a Farmer's Market on Wednesdays; feel free to stop by as you start your journey towards home.






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