All posts tagged: restaurants

A Visit to The Culinary Institute of America

Originally posted on Meals Under the Pressure Cooker:
The Culinary Institute of America is well regarded as the best culinary school in the United States. I was always curious on how the school cultivated many of the world’s most successful professional chefs. During a visit to The Culinary Institute of America’s California campus, I was able to find some clues. The Culinary Institute of America has four campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. The California campus nestles at the heart of the Napa Valley wine country, overlooking fields of grape yards and dozens of bustling wineries. When I visited yesterday, the school was closed for the summer break, but luckily, there is a one-hour cooking demonstration open daily in the summer to food enthusiasts from around the world. The demonstration is to simulate an actual cooking class at the school by a regular instructor in a real classroom. The instructor we had was Chef Ken, a soft-spoken man with a gentle smile. The demonstration was how to make the Italian version of Rissole.…

GUK [Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen]

Originally posted on daisyfrancesca:
Sometimes I think I’m seriously lucky in my food explorations. I was thinking I never post anything negative on my blog, but I really don’t have negative experiences very often. It probably helps that I roll with some great people like the Yelp Elite Crew and Nom Nom Club. I was accepted into a Yelp Elite event for GUK and what an awesome event. Not only did I get to try a huge menu selection free of charge – although we left $$ for the excellent service – but I was able to do it with a big foodie culture. Check out this setup: First Chef Kenny (@gilberts_uk) chatted with us about social media, community, and some good grub. Then he blew our minds with the menu: Grilled Country Bread with Almond Garlic Puree & Pickled Cherries Tomato Watermelon Salad Fried Green Tomato Sliders with Pimento Cheese and Baby Kale – my absolute favorite! Blackened St. Johns River Catfish FB Hot Chicken Drum – Some people thought these were too hot, but…