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WSU student launches culinary school for home cooks with help from Blackstone LaunchPad

August 27, 2014

A cooking school dedicated to nutrition and culinary arts for home cooks is one of the newest startups to spring out of Wayne State University's Blackstone LaunchPad business accelerator program. "Most home cooks are familiar with cooking brown rice or using basil in a recipe," says Vazilyn Poinsetta, the founder of AVC (Art of Vegetarian Cuisine) Kitchens, who is also a nutrition and food science major at WSU. "However, many may not be familiar with preparing nutritious grains such as buckwheat or spelt, or adding cardamom to savory cabbage for a creative flavor change." Primarily offering vegetarian cooking classes, AVC hosts a variety of classes, including the "Eating Outside of the Box" series, which kicked off at Eastern Market in June. "Blackstone LaunchPad has been a tremendous help to me in obtaining and designing a website, teaching me more about computer technology, and helping me with a Facebook page," she says.