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The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Two Columbus Center, Virginia Beach, VA 23462   |    757.493.6700

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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Pursue your creative education in a growing oceanside community with strong historical roots

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The Art Institute of Virginia Beach is located along the Atlantic Ocean, in a resort city known for sandy beaches, history, and tourism.

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CrAive Restaurant

CrAive Restaurant is the student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach. The restaurant serves as the dining lab for the school's culinary students, offering a unique combination of real-world and instructional experiences.

Under the supervision of chefs and instructors, students create dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, CrAive Restaurant offers a quality dining experience with international cuisine. Patrons can watch the students in action through the wall of windows that separates the dining room from the kitchen.

For reservations and additional information, call 757.493.6839.

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Mint Lightens and Brightens Summer Dishes Mint Lightens and Brightens Summer Dishes

(June 2014)  The Kentucky Derby, held the first Saturday in May, may be responsible for making mint the king of summertime drinks. Along with big hats, the Derby is famous for its mint juleps, kicking off the warm weather season.


This year, mint is making its mark in the culinary scene in some new—and unexpected ways. From pesto to rice salads, mint adds a summery tone to dishes that’s unmatched by other herbs, according to Michael Zappone, Academic Department Director of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.


Mint is used by chefs to add an additional level of flavor to dishes and drinks, according to Linda Marcinko, Culinary Academic Director at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of St. Louis.


“I think mint is great in summer because it brightens up so many dishes. It’s so good to use in sweet items as well as savory dishes,” she says. Marcinko enjoys utilizing mint in Thai beef and noodle salad and iced tea.


Having mint on hand is easy, too, because it’s a perennial herb that will come up each year in the garden.  According to Marcinko, “it is so easy to grow and so versatile.”


The unique flavor of mint may also be used to replace calorie-heavy ingredients in traditional dishes, according to Claire Menck, Chef Director of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Wisconsin.


Marcinko lightens up pesto by replacing the traditional basil with mint—and eliminating the cheese. Try her mint pesto, mint syrup, and rice salad to give your summer meals an extra minty kick.


Mint Pesto – Great with pasta or lamb chops

2 large bunches mint, trimmed of stems (just use the leaves)

1 bunch cilantro (can use some of the stems if they are not too thick)

6 cloves garlic, peeled

¾ cup walnuts

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup vegetable broth

Salt and pepper

Crushed red chilies, optional


Procedure:

Combine the mint leaves, cilantro, garlic and walnuts in place in the bowl of a food processor.

Pulse the mixture until it is roughly chopped.

With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and vegetable stock. Process until smooth.

Season to taste with salt, pepper, and the Chile flakes.


Summer Rice Salad

4 cups cooked basmati rice

1 cup trimmed sugar snap peas, blanched

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1 small red bell pepper, diced

1 small jalapeño pepper, finely minced

½ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted

½ cup chopped mint leaves

½ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Procedure:


Cut the blanched sugar snap peas in half, lengthwise.

Put the rice, peas, onions, red bell pepper, jalapeño, pine nuts, and mint leaves in a bowl. Toss together well.

Pour on the olive oil and stir to coat all ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for about 2 hours before serving. Serves eight.

Mint Simple Syrup – Perfect with lemonade or mojitos

2 cups sugar

6 cups water

1 large bunch mint, roughly chopped


Procedure:

Combine the sugar and water in a medium-sized sauce pan. Stir to moisten the sugar. Add in the mint leaves.

Bringto a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the syrup sit until it is cool. Strain the syrup to remove the mint.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


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Top Trends in Bridal Wear Top Trends in Bridal Wear

Although the latest Brides American Wedding Study shows the average cost of a wedding in 2010 was $26,501, a decrease of 5 percent from 2009, weddings continue to be big business. But many couples are opting to cut the guest list instead of big ticket items like wedding gowns.

In fact, according to the study, the average wedding gown cost $1,289 in 2010, a 20 percent increase over 2009. This is no surprise to the millions who were glued to their television sets this past April during the most talked about wedding since the 1981 royal wedding of Lady Diana to Prince Charles. Many brides are now emulating the elegant lace gown worn by Catherine Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge.

In addition to beautiful lace, the newest trends in wedding gowns include color, soft sleeves, short hemlines and eco-friendly materials.

Whether it is Chantilly, Alençon, Duchesse, Guipure, or ribbon, lace has become one of the hottest trends this year. “Designers at all price points have debuted collections featuring full frothy skirts, wildflowers, and lace used in both traditional and modern ways,” says Kate Campbell, department chair of Fashion & Retail Management at The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design. “This particular trend parallels the more feminine, elegant trends we see in fashion everywhere – including more fitted and ladylike styles reminiscent of Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.”

While not for everyone, the use of color in wedding gowns has been growing in popularity. Rich and vibrant or more subdued, color in bridal wear is everywhere. Some brides choose soft pastel colors, such as blush, rose or skin-tone. Others opt to wear vibrant hues of lavender, green and deep pink. Less bold brides are more likely to use hints of accent color on sashes, bows, embroidery, hems, necklines or beading. “The bride who chooses to add color to her dress is fashion forward and confident – it’s not for the faint of heart,” says Amber Chatelain, lead faculty for the Fashion & Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Nashville — Tennessee, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Another interesting new trend in bridal wear is short gowns, especially for brides choosing destination and beach weddings. While they may be short in length, these dresses are not short on style. Some offer sophisticated laces, chic feathers or multilayered organza mini-skirts.

Soft sleeves are enjoying a comeback. Designers have debuted soft, romantic sleeves, including traditional cap sleeves in florals and tulle, modern silhouettes using vintage elements, sequin fringe and flutter sleeves, and romantic off-the-shoulder versions. “The softness and elegance of the sleeves in bridal wear mirrors today’s general fashion trends, where designers are highlighting the elegance and beauty of the female form in very soft ways,” says Charlene Parsons, who heads the fashion programs at Miami International University of Art & Design.

Eco-friendly options have also increased in popularity. “There are now numerous eco-friendly designers whose sole business is to create wedding dresses made with earth-friendly fabrics and materials, using techniques that are in harmony with the earth,” says Crystal Shamblee, department chair of Fashion Design for The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Second-hand and vintage wedding dresses are another eco-friendly choice.

Whatever fashion trends a bride chooses, one that will never go out of style is a gown that fits well, is figure flattering and makes the bride feel she’s the most beautiful woman in the world on her big day.

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Say “I Do” to Bridal Accessories Say “I Do” to Bridal Accessories

Finally found the perfect dress? Well, now its time to go from blushing bride to a fashion stand-out your family and friends will be talking about for years. Whether you prefer the classic elegance of old-Hollywood glamour or the daring innovation of the avant-garde, Fashion instructors from several Art Institutes school locations share trends in bridal accessories that can help you achieve a one-of-a-kind look on your wedding day.

Accessories can be a fun and easy way for brides to add some creativity to their style, while also showing off their personality. According to Erica Sewell, Fashion Instructor at The Art Institute of New York City, one way to look unique on your wedding day is through headpieces.

Headpieces:
Brides are trading in traditional veils in lieu of headbands, fascinators, blushers, feathers and for the daring brides, hats. Jewels and headbands, like the ones seen recently on Kim Kardashian and Alicia Keys, are another great alternative to traditional veils. Along with the jewels and headbands, Sewell is also seeing more Eastern-looking head jewelry.

Tiaras are another bridal classic that are getting a makeover. They are being replaced by birdcage veils, which are short, face-framing veils that were popular in the 40s, and fascinators, like those seen during the royal wedding.

Jewelry:
When looking at jewelry, many brides are keeping it simple or focusing on statement pieces that can be worn again and again after the wedding is over. “Your dress you wear one time. Your accessories are alifetime,” said Michelle Zabel, Fashion Instructor at The Art Institute of Washington — Northern Virginia, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. “People are spending more on their accessories, because they can wear them again.”

Another trend in jewelry is vintage pieces. “Brides are incorporating vintage pieces from their family,” said Michael Watson, Fashion Instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte. These pieces are not only unique, but they also have sentimental value. And, whether vintage or new, brooches and lariats are making a return to the scene, but are being used in unexpected ways. Lariats are long chains that can be wrapped around the neck several times with the ends either hanging loosely or tied into a “y” shape. According to Sewell, “If a bride has a dress with some back detail, some are using a lariat in reverse so the long part is hanging down the back.” Instead of finding brooches only on the dress, brides are now using them to accessorize their bouquets.

Feathers:
If the thought of a feathered headpiece worthy of Carrie Bradshaw’s couture-clad bride seems a little extreme for your tastes, don’t worry. Feathers are definitely having a fashion moment, and the ways to incorporate them are endless. According Watson, “feathers have transitioned into an inexpensive way to make your look unique.” Sewell agrees, noting that people are putting feathers on fascinators, clips, combs and veils. “Feathers are a big story as far as headgear,” she said.

Headpieces aren’t the only place one can find feathers. Just like brooches, they are also turning up on wedding bouquets. “Flowers have been clean, simple, minimal and accessorized with pearls, feathers and rhinestones,” said Watson.

Shoes:
What girl doesn’t love her shoes, and for today’s bride pretty much anything goes. For something unexpected, brides can add a pop of color with their shoes or even go a little trendier with lace booties. Sewell said she is also seeing shoes in general becoming less traditional and more casual. This includes taking a fashion cue from the guys. “Some brides are wearing sneakers, such as Chuck Taylors, because the grooms are wearing sneakers,” said Sewell.

To learn more about The Art Institutes schools visit www.artinstitutes.edu.

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 45 educational institutions located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Five Tips for Lighter, Brighter Summer Eating Five Tips for Lighter, Brighter Summer Eating

Simple, fresh and delicious – that’s summertime eating at its best. Less time in the kitchen means more time to enjoy the bright delicious flavors of just picked berries, peaches, greens and other vegetables.

“It makes sense to eat lighter in the summer,” says Chef William Tillinghast, academic director of culinary at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. “Hot weather slows down the digestion and heavy foods are harder to digest.”

Chef Tillinghast got together with Chef Jeffrey Floyd, academic director of culinary at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, to offer these five tips for enjoying summer’s gastronomic delights.

  • Buy local and seasonal – or grow it yourself
  • Summer brings locally grown specialties – berries of all types, melons, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, sweet onions and more. Visit farmers’ markets and ask what’s in season. Consider joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to explore eating seasonally. And nothing tastes better than tomatoes from your own garden.

  • Process produce as little as possible
  • The fresher the produce, the less preparation needed. Chef Tillinghast adds, “The longer the time between preparation and consumption, the more flavor is lost.” Try cutting up peaches and a honeydew melon, add fresh blueberries and a squeeze of lemon or lime. Serve immediately for an instant refreshing dessert.

    Cook fresh veggies using the grill (see below). Or stir fry them. Cut vegetables small. Cook briefly with grapeseed oil in a wok or large saute pan over medium high heat (put it on your grill). A little coarse salt and freshly ground pepper – it’s the perfect side dish for a simple roast chicken or steak

  • Keep flavors simple
  • Allow the flavor of fresh summer produce to shine. Chef Floyd suggests this salad, adapted from “American Regional Cuisine,” by The Art Institutes system of schools. Cut zucchini into matchstick strips. Combine with wedges of ripe tomato, finely sliced fresh basil, thin slices of sweet or green onion. Add a splash of red wine vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and serve on a bed of lettuce, spinach or other greens. Add feta or bleu cheese crumbles if you like.

  • Use that grill
  • Cook chicken, fish and shrimp as well as burgers. Swordfish, salmon or tuna – fish with a little fat – work best on the grill. Grill chicken with the bone in (it’s more flavorful, says Chef Tillinghast). First marinate for a few hours in a simple vinaigrette (2 T red wine vinegar, 4 T olive or walnut oil, 2 t Dijon mustard, salt and pepper). Chef Floyd suggests these tasty marinades: buttermilk, lemon juice, salt and pepper; tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, chopped onion; lime juice, grapeseed oil, fresh thyme or rosemary (dill’s great with fish).

    Grill eggplant, zucchini, onions and peppers. Brush with olive or walnut oil if you like. Put directly on the grill, use a griddle or wrap in a single layer in foil. Grilled peach halves and pineapple rings are also delicious.

  • Soup is for summer, too
  • Cold soups like gazpacho, vichyssoise, avocado and cucumber, or various fruits are refreshing. Peel and chop pears and apricots (or hull and cut up strawberries). Add a sprinkling of sugar and perhaps a little cinnamon or cardamom. Mash lightly with a fork and add sour cream or yogurt, half and half or milk – even champagne.

    Hot soups can work, as long as they’re broth based, not cream based. Heat chicken broth and stir in diced veggies of your choice. Cook just until veggies are heated through but still crisp.

Beat the heat with lighter, simpler meals – you’ll feel better and have more time for summertime fun!

For more information about The Art Institutes schools, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/.

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. Since The Art Institutes is comprised of several institutions, see aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

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