One of the new perks of being a New School of Cooking alumn is being able to sign up for one of their alumni classes. The school has seminars on all kinds of subjects, from planting herbs to preparing fancy food. This one was all about pairing Spanish food and wine. I was particularly excited, and not just because I happen to like drinking wines that truly complement the foods I eat, but because the woman teaching it, Beth Schumann, was Chef Carol’s assistant during my Pro Chef “Deux” course. She helped all of us immensely and was really fun and silly during class.  

I was even more impressed with her when I found out that she’s an NSOC alumni and Certified Specialist of Wine, and has been formally studying wine for the last six years. She is currently a candidate for the prestigious Wine and Spirits Educational Diploma. Pretty cool, huh? Who knew?