So Hot Right Now
MSA’s Winter Week of Wisdom and Wonder was created over a decade ago to spice up the curriculum. Former Head of School, Rick France, wanted to heat up the cold January days on the Hill, so he encouraged the faculty to come up with unique courses that would engage students and spark new interests and passions.
This past WWOWW, MSA’s Director of Admission, Sam Hale, took this charge literally with his popular course, “Make Your Own Hot Sauce and Quick Pickles.” Mr. Hale taught students what goes into making a high-quality hot sauce and the various grades of hot sauces sold in the United States.
After learning this, students embarked on their own hands-on creation of three hot sauce varieties. Carefully balancing chili peppers and other ingredients, they developed three unique MSA hot sauces, which were bottled and used in the dining hall. In addition to Mr. Hale’s expertise, the class was assisted by MSA’s food service provider, Sage, and head chef, Erik.
Mr. Hale commented: “We investigated what makes a great hot sauce and then we tried our hands at making our own batches. Hot sauces allow people to enhance the flavor of their meals. This course seemed like a perfect paring for the Winter Week of Wisdom and Wonder—a program that enhances students’ educational experience at MSA.”