connally high school

Congrats to the students at Connally High School

Yesterday the STORIES FROM DEEP IN THE HEART team dashed to Pflugerville’s Connally High School to visit the brand new student-run cooking show, COOKING WITH CONNALLY, as they begin post-production. Our very own STORIES alum, Chef Mike Erickson, has been working tirelessly with his students to get the show off the ground—and now it’s taking off!

What makes this show so unique - and why STORIES & TEXAS FOLKLIFE is proud to be one of its supporters - is its one of the few cooking shows entirely produced, developed, and cooked by high school students. Connally High’s film, TV, and media students, with the help of teacher Humberto Perez, work together to edit and distribute the show. Culinary students will have a chance to perfect their food skills while they explore cuisines & cultural heritages from across the globe—from a show about Dia De Los Muertos to the varied flavors from China, to Louisina Cajun cooking.

We wanted to take a moment to congratulate Connally High students - and their teachers Chef Mike Erickson and Humberto Perez - for pulling together this exceptional collaboration among the media tech & culinary students. 

You can learn more about COOKING WITH CONNALLY on their website: Also, check back on our blog as we continue to blog about our friends at Connally High. GO COUGARS! 

Esteemed Chefs to visit COOKING WITH CONNALLY

For Austinites who are fans of Fonda San Miguel or Jeffrey’s, you might be excited to know that Chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas, who now owns Alma Cafe & Cantina in South Austin, will be the featured guest for a COOKING WITH CONNALLY fundraiser on November 3, 2011. 

You can also meet the Connally High Culinary Arts team behind COOKING WITH CONNALLY when Chef Mike Erickson, our very own Summer Institute Alum, will host a fundraiser at 6:30 PM on October 13, 2011 at 6:30. Tickets are $30.

These two events - and more to come - are part of a Dinner Series, which will  benefit the Cooking with Connnally TV production. 

Here’s their pitch: 

Our Dinner Series provides an opportunity for students to work with highly acclaimed industry chefs and are held periodically throughout the school year. These fundraising dinners take place in the John B. Connally Culinary Arts kitchen classroom and dining room. Money raised at the dinners fund Culinary Arts education, including student Chef Coats, kitchen equipment, teaching materials, field trips and garden supplies. 

To reserve a seat at the fundraiser, visit