Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: CHEF-1441 (Section: 01H, CRN: 92749)
American Regional Cuisine
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Instructor Information
Instructor Michelle Watson
Email watsonma@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 681-4311
Office The Press - Room: 106 C
Office Hours (M-Thurs 7-8am, M-Thurs 1pm-3pm)
Additional Contact Information 409-681-4311
Course Information
Description A study of the development of regional cuisine's in the United States with emphasis on the similarities in production and service systems. Application of skills to develop, organize, and acquire knowledge of recipe strategies and production systems.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

American Regional Cuisine, 3rd Edition
Additional Materials/Resources
Chef Black Hat 
Chef white  Jacket 
Black Chef Pants 
Slip Resistant Black Shoes
Knife Kit 
  • CHEF-1310 Garde Manger
Learning Outcomes A study of the development of regional cuisine's in the United States with emphasis on the similarities in production and service systems. Application of skills to develop, organize, and acquire knowledge of recipe strategies and production systems.
Program Student Learning Outcomes Compare the unique similarities and differences in American cuisine; explain the importance of the immigration phenomena in the shaping of American cuisine; produce regional cuisine dishes which employ standard principles, concepts, and quality factors.
Lecture Topics Outline The Cuisine of New England 

The Cuisine of the South 

Floribbean and Cuisine 

Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole Cuisines 

Southern-East Coast 

Mid-Western Cuisine

Texas and Tex-Mex Cuisine 

The Cuisine of the Southwest 

The Cuisine of California 

The Cuisine of the Pacific Northwest 

The Cuisine of Hawaii 
Major Assignments Schedule

Week 1: Syllabus review, pre-test, Blackboard and Self Service Banner Pearson book review

Week 2: Read and work on assignments The Cuisine of New England 

Week 3:  Read and work on assignments   The Cuisine of the Mid-West

Week 4:  Read and work on assignments The Cuisine of the South

Week 5: Cooking on The Cuisine of New England  The Cuisine of the Mid-West The Cuisine of the South 

Week 6: Read and work on assignments Floribbean Cuisine   

Week 7: Read and work on assignments Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole Cuisines  

Week 8: Read and work on assignments  The Cuisine of the Central Plains  Test on weeks 1-7

Week 9:  Cooking on Floribbean Cuisine Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole Cuisines 

Week 10: Read and work on assignments Texas and Tex-Mex Cuisine

Week 11: Read and work on assignments The Cuisine of the Southwest 

Week 12:  Read and work on assignments The Cuisine of California 

Week 13:  Read and work on assignments The Cuisine of the Pacific Northwest and The Cuisine of Hawaii 

Week 14: Cooking on The Cuisine of the Southwest The Cuisine of California The Cuisine of the Pacific Northwest The Cuisine of Hawaii 

Week 15:  Finals

Final Exam Date December 7, 2023 - 9:0 AM   Through  December 7, 2023 - 11:0 AM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests - 20%, Assignments - 15%, Projects - 20%, Final Exam - 15%, Lab 30%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by e-mail. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office in person.

Homework assignments will be given each week.

LATE WORK is highly discouraged and will incur a 10 point penalty for every day it is late. Due dates are given and enough time is given to complete all work. 

If you miss an exam, your lowest test grade will count twice. If you miss more than one exam, those exams will be given a grade of zero. Students must leave the classroom after exam is finished.

There will be a final exam. All students must take the exam on the scheduled date and time, and failure to do so will result in a 0 on the final exam.

Every student MUST have a copy of the required textbooks by the SECOND week of class. The student will still be responsible for any assignments given. Failure to have a text may result in being dropped from the class.

No emailed work is accepted.

Students are responsible for completing all assigned reading and video viewings.

A failure to follow oral and/or written instructions will result in penalties.
Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any assignment; a second incidence of academic dishonesty will be handled based on campus policies and procedures with the department chair.

No cell phones should be visible or heard during class. Again, you will be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class. No blue tooth technology or recording of lectures in any format (unless approved by the instructor). No charging of cell phones in the classroom.

Students must be in a clean uniform and in full uniform at all times
Attendance Policy Students will be allowed to be 5 minutes late after (3) times you will be dropped a letter grade. Absent to class please notify me or email me after (3) absent with out an excuse you will be dropped a letter grade
Additional Information Other Cuisines and Regional American Food Traditions may be covered.
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381