Ivy Tech Culinary School teacher, student prepare Panzanella Salad, Pork with Cherry Glaze

Chef Thom England, CEC, CSS, culinary arts program coordinator at Ivy Tech Culinary School and Julia Montgomery, Ivy Tech culinary student joined us today with a taste of Panzanella Salad and Pork with Cherry Glaze.

Aldy Labrador, director of business development for McFarling Foods joined us as well to talk about common misconceptions about chicken and eggs. Does chicken really have harmful hormones? How do I know what to look for in chicken? Are eggs really bad for me? Will they increase my bad cholesterol? 

These are two menu items that the class is producing for their Courses Restaurant dinner service this summer. McFarling Foods is a scholarship sponsor and school donor to Ivy Tech Culinary School, and they say they’re very invested.

Panzanella Salad (Serves 12)

Recipe by Thom England


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cups day old French Bread
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes, deseeded, large diced
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded, large diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, medium dice
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, medium Dice
  • 1/2 red onion, Julianne
  • 20 basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained, rinsed
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard


Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss and serve.

Pork with a cherry glaze (Serves 2)

Recipe by Thom England


  • 2 8 oz pork chops
  • ½ tbsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tbsp coarse grind black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • 2 oz amaretto
  • 2 oz canola oil


  • Season pork chops.
  • In a pot combine stock, cherries, and amaretto and simmer, reduce by half.
  • Sauté pork and remove from pan, hold warm.
  • Deglaze pan with sauce reduction.
  • Serve.

For more information, visit the links below:

General email address for Hospitality department:

Hospitality Administration program page:

Courses Restaurant page:

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Courses Restaurant reservations through OpenTable:

For more information on McFarling Foods, visit