Co-Curricular: Fondue-it-Yourself

A look inside the Spring 2022-23 Fondue-it-Yourself co-curricular:

"The Fondue-it-Yourself co-curricular was started (and short lived) in Spring 2020 to combine cooking and a scientific mindset. Luckily, we got to revive the co-curricular this spring." - Steve Matsumoto, faculty sponsor.

Description: In this co-curricular, participants learn about, and experiment with, four key components of a good cheese fondue. Each meeting consists of a short lesson on a component of cheese fondue, followed by an experiment and tasting session. The co-curricular meets four times over the course of the semester.

A photo of three sets of hands dipping pieces of food on metal sticks into cheese fondue.

During the Fondue-it-Yourself Spring 2022-2023 co-curricular, participants are learning about, and experimenting with, the key components of a good cheese fondue. Photo by Mira Chew '26.

"We broke down the various components of cheese fondue and played with different combinations of ingredients, using a control recipe and 1-2 test recipes each time. Through the process, we learned how to break down a dish into simple components and see the depth of variety we could get by swapping out one component at a time," adds Matsumoto.

Staff/Faculty Sponsor(s): Stephanos Matsumoto

Co-Curriculars at Olin are opportunities to explore non-credit activities combining fun and intellectual awareness, they are typically scheduled for a limited time (e.g., on semester), are led by staff or faculty members or by a student working in concert with faculty/staff member, and are funded by Student Affairs and Resources.

They differ from curricular offerings in that they are not graded and attendance is not strictly enforced. They differ from extra-curricular activities in that they have an intellectual component, faculty/staff leadership and limited lifespan.

Students can register for co-curricular offerings during the class registration process.

View the Spring 2022-23 Co-Curricular offerings

A student enjoys some cheesy fondue during a recent co-curricular session.

A student enjoys some cheesy fondue during a recent Fondue-it-Yourself co-curricular session. Photo by Mira Chew '26.