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SSS Students Visit the Biltmore in Asheville

On October 13 and 14, 2021, Smithfield-Selma High School (SSS) students from the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Foods, and Carpentry classes attended a field trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Biltmore Estate is a historic house museum consisting of 250 rooms.  Construction on the house owned by George Vanderbilt was completed in 1865.

Students were afforded the opportunity to participate in a tour of the Biltmore Estate house and gardens.  Tour guides provided details about the construction of the estate as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the Stable Cafe.

Carpentry student Steven Bueno observed: “While on the trip, we learned more about how kitchens work and run. We also learned about the way construction happened back then. People had to build things in place.”

After the kitchen tour, students were provided with a three course meal consisting of their choice of starter, main course and dessert. 

Food and Nutrition student Valeria Antonio-Olguin remarked: “The food was served formally. There was an appetizer, followed by the main course and the lunch was served very nicely. Even after we ate lunch, the dishes were removed and we were given another spoon for dessert. You could tell there was a lot of thought put in.”

This experience of the Biltmore Estate helped students to develop a stronger appreciation for architecture and the culinary arts.  According to Assistant Principal Kenneth Angel, "Young people are energized with creativity when they experience something new.  Educational outings like this play an important role in developing our future generation."