Fairfield U grad returns to Silo as cooking school director

Sandy Daniels

Sandy Daniels

Tom Pilla, acting president of The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm, announced that New Milford resident Sandy Daniels has joined The Silo as director of the Silo Cooking School. Daniels will oversee the Silo’s Culinary Arts program, including all aspects of cooking classes, corporate team building events, custom cooking events, children’s and teens’ summer cooking programs, facility rentals, as well as planning long-range and day-to-day cooking school operations.

Hunt Hill Farm executive director Liba Furhman said she is thrilled to have Daniels return to The Silo. “Sandy was trained by the best — Silo founder Ruth Henderson herself — and her experience and knowledge of the food world is second to none.”

“I look forward to partnering with Liba as we move the Silo to the next level in the culinary world with instructors and chefs from throughout the region and beyond. I am grateful that the Hunt Hill Farm Board has placed their confidence in me and I relish the opportunity to work with them,” Daniels said.

Furhman, who in addition to her other duties as executive director since mid-2012 had headed up the Cooking School, said she is looking forward to now being able to redirect her attention to fundraising, programming, and strategic planning for the non-profit organization.

She noted that under her direction The Silo Cooking School was named best in the state by Connecticut magazine and 2014 was a record year for The Silo Cooking School. “I know Sandy will continue the momentum and grow The Silo.”

Daniels said she was excited to be returning to The Silo. “It’s not often one has the chance to return to a place they love – and to be able to once again share my creativity and love for food with those who are eager to learn and share.”

Daniels was selected following a national search, including a “cook-off” in front of a panel of food industry notables.

Since 2006 Daniels was Inflight Catering Director at Executive Cuisine in New Milford, where she was responsible for providing gourmet and premiere quality in-flight catering for corporate private and charter aircraft throughout the tri-state area, as well as offsite catering head chef.

Daniel holds a master’s degree in education from Fairfield University and was co-director of Education from 1994 to 2007 at Temple Sholom, New Milford, and taught at Williams Sonoma in Danbury.

She was the Silo store manager and cooking school director from 1987 to 1999 collaborating with world-renowned chefs and entertainment figures, designing and teaching custom cooking classes for children, young adults, corporations, and foreign visitors and carrying on the Silo tradition of annual holiday gingerbread classes for parents and children. A highlight of Sandy’s Silo career included creating and preparing recipes for Ruth and Skitch Henderson’s Seasons in the Country and Christmas in the Country lifestyle and cookbooks.

About The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm

The Silo at Hunt Hill is a non-profit regional cultural center comprised of a retail store, recreational cooking school, gallery and performance center, and museum. Founded in 2003 by Ruth and Skitch Henderson (of the New York Pops) it is housed in a complex of antique barns listed on the National Register of Historic places, in New Milford.

The Silo Cooking School, now in its 43rd year of operation was named the 2013 Best Cooking School in the state by Connecticut Magazine. It offers classes on all subjects of cooking for home cooks, corporate team-building and recreational purposes taught by visiting chefs/instructors and the Director. Classes are hands-on or demonstration over a three-hour time period. Classes begin with a lecture lasting ten to 15 minutes on the subject of the topic and may include demonstration of cooking techniques, discussion of food handling, food storage, plate presentations and preparation methods.

The Silo Cooking School has an ever-changing roster of classes, programs and tastings. The impressive list of noted guest chefs who have shared their expertise includes Master Chef Jacques Pepin, Bravo TV’s Top Chef Master Suvir Saran, PBS’s Sara Moulton, Rick Rodgers, and Daniel Rosati. They follow in the footsteps of Rachel Ray, Giuliano Bugialli, Martha Stewart, and the many others who have taught here.

The Silo Gallery and Store are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Cooking School is open for classes during regular business hours, and during scheduled class hours. For more information and to register for classes, events and to see schedules, or for facility rental information call 860-355-0300 or visit hunthillfarmtrust.org.

Drawing on the creative legacy of Skitch and Ruth Henderson, the Henderson Cultural Center at Hunt Hill Farm, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is a vibrant and unique regional resource, offering the public opportunities to explore music, art, cuisine, and permanently protected historic open space.

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