Last night, I served and helped prepare a ten-course dinner and lived to tell the tale.
Every quarter, the class that runs the dinner service at the restaurant at my school has to prepare an end-of-quarter dinner for the faculty and staff. Usually, they put together a few courses, the teachers eat, and they leave.
We decided to be overachievers and do a quasi-traditional early 20th century English formal dinner based around the best show on television…Downton Abbey.
I won’t get myself distracted and ramble on about the show, just know that I was SO EXCITED when we decided on the theme. Its easily my favorite show (close second is Duck Dynasty…British high society & rednecks, don’t judge me); I tried to take home the picture of Matthew Crawley in his military uniform from the tablescape…but then I decided not to show my classmates how weird I really am.
Everyone in the class split up and tackled the courses separately because of the sheer volume of work to do. I helped prep with pastry (with my two friends Hailey and Chris), made a delicious chocolate pavlova (which I will be sharing a cookie version of later!), and most importantly hand served, 2 plates at a time, all ten courses with my friend and classmate Marshall. Marshall also made the beautiful amuse bouche you’ll see below. While I’m doing shout outs, I can’t forget my best school friend Jason! He developed a good portion of the menu with our Chef and is responsible for all of the proteins. He’s a damn fine cook and I’m so glad he’s the first person I met in culinary school.
Now enough with the talking…on with the food porn! Also!!! Come back tonight for a new recipe…it rhymes with brocolate hip bookies.
…and that’s the end! Our teachers loved it and many of the chefs and the dean all said it was the best end-of-quarter dinner they’ve had. I’m so proud of everyone in my A La Carte class, we went from being fools who had no clue how to run a restaurant on our own to this. So sad it’s over…but that just means I’m one step closer to graduation!