Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Wonderful Day. . .


The Heritage Restaurant
Grand Rapids Community College
 Secchia Institute for Culinary Education
Our granddaughter Amanda
is one of the culinary students there
and Friday we had reservations for lunch.

We were welcomed by one of the students, she checked our coats
and we were taken to our table.
Shortly after being seated the young man above
treated us to a table side appetizer preparation.
The appetizer name escapes me, but I do remember
him mentioning the flavors of
Parmesan, Fontino, Gruyere and Stilton cheeses.
Those who know me know I am not a fan of cheese.
Being Wisconsin born has not been any help.
It was tasty, although the cheeses were strong, Jack said the same.

Fresh bread and drinks were served
and we were on our way
to being treated to some fine dining.

The room was filled here and there with other guests.

Amanda is nearing completion of her Associates Degree.
This was a lab in presentation and service.
Food preparation, personal chef, baking and pastry arts
are some of her interests and labs she has completed.
She will be entering some of her advance classes in January.
Warm caramelized orange salad topped with toasted pistachio,
creamy Turkish Haydari, cucumber curls, Kalamata olives,
fresh roasted pears, baby spinach and orange blossom
champagne vinegar coconut dressing was the salad I chose.
Oh my, was it delicious . . .perfect!

Jack chose a salmon leek crab bisque
finished wityh a creamy rich shellfish broth,
fragrant rice and sweet potato and topped with a fresh fine herb.
He liked it very much!

I chose the apple cider ginger pork shoulder
with toasted kamut raisin pilaf, broccoli, crisp bacon,
and tomato chimichurri dressing,
with a crunchy bread flute and "oeuf sur le plat."
Excellent, . . . truly!

Jack chose the sautéed hazelnut buttermilk,
 crisped chicken fillet
served with buttered asparagus, butternut squash puree,
red pepper fingerling potato hash and sauce Mousseline.

I think I heard him say, "delicious!"
 I enjoyed some cappuccino
and a wonderful
chocolate mousse.
Jack enjoyed a wonderful creamy pastry like dessert with pineapple.
Of course he loved it!
 We enjoyed having some time with Amanda
and a few pictures too. 



We are so proud of you Amanda
We thank you, your professors and chef
and the other students for a
Wonderful Lunch Day
With Our Love,
"Granny Up North and Grandpa Jack"



TexWisGirl said...

how very cool that you got to watch her in action and enjoy a wonderful meal to support her, too. :)

A Joyful Cottage said...

I'm sure Amanda feels very encouraged and supported by you two. I love the photo of you and Amanda. Two beautiful women. xxx ~ Nancy

Margaret Adamson said...

Your Amanda is so like my grand daughter, Anna. Looks like she is doing a great job there. The food all looks delicious especially the chocolate moose.

babs said...

Fancy indeed. Amanda sure looks like a Gordon. Good luck To Amanda.

MarmePurl said...

So fun! What a great experience for all of you.

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, Lynne. Your granddaughter is pretty. I know she was happy to have you see her in action.. The meals all look delicious, especially the mousse. Happy Sunday!

Missy George said...

Lovely girl..We have a culinary school associated with Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) that puts on these kinds of events now and then..Always fun and interesting to say nothing of tasty..I assume you didn't remember all of those foods and that you had a menu???

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Such lovely photographs of you all together Lynne …… I hope that one of those goes in a frame !!!!
You have brought back some very happy memories when my Dad and I used to go to the local college and eat the catering students food, exactly as you did.
…. and,the food looks delicious and it's always very reasonably priced too, isn't it ? Such a lovely afternoon for you all. XXXXX

Sarah Huizenga said...

It all looks delicious. I didn't know you could eat there.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a very special treat! All those different foods and ingredients are interesting.

Musings from Kim K. said...

What a special meal! Looks delicious. Darling pictures of you and your granddaughter.

Michelle said...

Wonderful that you were there to support her endeavors!

susan said...

There's nothing like spending time with your granddaughter - you must be so proud of her. The food looks absolutely delicious.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Amanda looks so sweet! This really does look like an amazing day :) Have a Happy Monday!

Willow said...

you two look so beautiful together . great presentation ~ looked like a delicious meal fit for a queen ! yum

Cranberry Morning said...

Lynne, that looks like such delicious fun! I know you're proud of Amanda and this must have been delightful. So sorry that any Wisconsinite can claim not to like cheese! LOL I wish I didn't like it as much as I do. :-))