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MAC's 'A Taste of Spring' theme is 'Nature Refined'
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When he isn't in the kitchen at Peppercorn Banquets or exploring new ways to cook over an open fire, Chef C. Ryan Boughton shares his culinary talents through several causes that are near to his heart. The Driftless Farm and Food Weekend in Dubuque, Iowa, starts with school tours at an area farm and ends with a fundraiser farm-to-table dinner that benefits food-related causes. Boughton also is involved with the Rooted Chef program at the Dubuque Rescue Mission where he teaches low-income and underemployed individuals basics like gardening, food handling and knife skills, followed by an eight-week cooking course. Working alongside real chefs, the students produce one of the courses for the Driftless dinner. Boughton says students leave the program more qualified to pursue a position in a restaurant, along with having the opportunity to network and learn about job possibilities in the culinary field. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Chef C. Ryan Boughton of Peppercorn Banquets celebrates fresh flavors and a fresh perspective on Monroe Arts Center's future of serving the community. Monroe Arts Center's much-anticipated "A Taste of Spring" event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. May 2 at the Ludlow Mansion. Not only will the chef be able to incorporate the fresh flavors of the awakening season for an evening with the theme "Nature Refined," he also views this dinner as an ideal way to provide momentum in a rebirth of MAC itself as the doors will soon open to the new addition.

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