Manlius: Chef returns for culinary conference

Chef Sara Langan returns to the Fayetteville-Manlius area at the end of this month for a culinary excursion and commemorative affair all in one night.

Langan, a native of Manlius and graduate of F-M High School, will be talking to prospective students of the New England Culinary Institute at the Craftsman Inn on Feb. 25. There she will demonstrate her greatest passion and flare for cooking.

Sara's father Arthur was one of the original builders and owners of the Craftsman Inn. He passed away in 1998, and the Craftsman Inn has honored the family with a banquet room in their name. Langan will lead the event that evening in the Langan Banquet Room. It will be her first time there, undoubtedly making it an emotional evening.

Langan graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. and L'Ecole de Cuisine Francaise in Littlington, East Sussex, England.

She began her culinary career at the Calvary Club in Manlius, followed by Phoebe's Garden Caf (c) in Syracuse. She then went on to destinations far and wide, including Florida, Hawaii and France.

Langan is now a Senior Core Chef Instructor of NECI Commons Restaurant at the New England Culinary Institute in Essex, Vt. She has been teaching for 15 years.

Her current course involves food and wine pairing and is called "Taste and Flavor." She educates her students on which foods work best with which wines. The class prepares students to make the best recommendations for their creative fare.

"Education is where I found myself to be happy," she said. "I love teaching and developing students."

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