A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a special event at Kendall College in Chicago. It was a great experience to see both the chefs and students of the culinary department come together to serve for the evening. They also had a sommelier available to showcase some great wines and beverages. I thought I’d share a few photos and thoughts in regards to the evening:
The first row of photos, from left to right, began with a cooking demonstration of our appetizers. This was pork belly, nice and crisp, with a corn slaw and some fried pasta. The fried pasta was definitely interesting – it was left over that they literally threw in some oil. They tasted like chips – interesting for sure. Next up was my favorite of the evening, a chilled tomato consomme. This cold soup tasted like a caprese salad. I loved the Parmesan panna cotta – great texture and creamy flavor. The actual consomme was fantastic, bursting of fresh tomato flavor, tinted with basil. Creative for sure, and delicious on the palate.
The other items weren’t anything too spectacular, but still wanted to share. A grilled chicken breast with garden vegetable risotto. The risotto wasn’t cooked properly, but what I did love about it was all the ingredients were from their own garden, right next to the parking lot. It was quite an urban garden, something to be proud of for sure. The desserts were a collection of cannolis and lemon or chocolate tarts. Sweet treats, but nothing too extravagant. There was this deluxe coffee set up though, complete with chocolate chips, cinnamon, whipped cream and other delights to top your coffee with. That was probably enough dessert for me.
I always love to visit culinary institutes, or kitchens at hotels. It is always great to see the behind the scenes and see what future individuals may bring to the plate.