May 22, 2013

Playing with food

Lewis Cass FCS students craft fruit, veggies into art

by Sarah Einselen

WALTON — Take a pineapple, a melon, some oranges, a little broccoli, some turnips and black olives, and what do you get?

A mesmerizing tropical scene with a little colored sugar thrown in for coral.

Two foods classes at Lewis Cass Junior-Senior High School got crafty with their food last week following family and consumer science teacher Courtney Nethercutt’s lead. About 17 students carved fish, birds and underwater or seaside plants for tropical scenes Nethercutt dubbed “edible art.”

“We’re not actually going to eat it,” Nethercutt said. “They just learn about the importance of food presentation.”

As she’s told her classes, “people eat with their eyes first,” so the students spent three days concentrating on the look of the fruits and vegetables they’d carve up, figuring out how to turn a carrot and some slivers of watermelon rind into a palm tree.

“They turned out really good this year,” Nethercutt said.

Sophomore Cassie Neal, working with Hayley Ronk on a couple of fish swimming around a coral reef, said the project helped her look at food differently.

“You never knew you could make creatures out of food,” she said.

The culinary creations went on display in the school library after the students finished them.

Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at or 574-732-5151.

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