Bayside community gets tasty salsa lessons, more instructors welcome

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chef Scott Viselli dices tomato while Eileen Incontrera and Paulette Martin watch.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chef Scott Viselli dices tomato while Eileen Incontrera and Paulette Martin watch.For nearly a year, the Bayside Institute has offered life-enrichment classes to the Bayside community’s residents, guests and renters. And just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Chef Scott Viselli of The Cove showed residents how to whip up fresh guacamole, salsa (pico de gallo) and mahi ceviche.

“To me, a recipe is just a guideline. You cook whatever you want to cook,” Viselli said on April 30. “As long as you’re using fresh ingredients, it’s gonna taste good.”

Guests laughed and dared each other to taste the sliced peppers, measuring all levels of heat along the Scoville scale.

“As interactive and fun as it was yesterday, many of the members had just met for the first time,” noted Jennifer Idzi, Bayside Institute coordinator.

While Bayside members can enjoy the continuing education (on topics ranging from wine tasting to history) the program provides, local pros can share their knowledge and passions.

“I am always seeking new instructors to share their expertise on a number of topics,” Idzi said. “Our instructors are sourced from local businesses and local experts.”

So far, people have learned floral arranging with Bethany Florist, grilling techniques from The Den restaurant, the health benefits of reflexology with Zen Spa, cupcake decoration with Carolina Sugar Fairy and more.

Although Bayside Institute is not open to the general public yet, there is potential for that in the near future, Idzi said.

“Linking the members to the local area is so important to build a greater sense of community, which happens to be a wonderful by-product from the life-enrichment program,” Idzi said.

Anyone interested in leading or suggesting a Bayside Institute event can contact Idzi at (302) 564-7653 or She’s often found at the sales and information center at Bayside, if she’s not already in a class.