Thursday, January 26, 2012

Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute/Technique Restaurant

Each year our water aerobics group here in the park goes out to a nice restaurant for a luncheon. This year we went to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Scottsdale. It was quite a dining experience! I shared some of the photos with you yesterday in my "Things in a Row" post.

The school occupies the full second floor of a building, and the restaurant is a fairly good size.

Some of my friends going up the escalator to the restaurant.

There were glass windows next to the entrance and I saw some students/chefs who were busy working....possibly baking our desserts?

Besides the restaurant, there is a little deli where you could buy a quick sandwich and grab a drink. It looked  like there was both chicken and egg salad available.

The swimming "gals"!

Students led us to our tables, took our orders, and cooked our food. We had to evaluate our server at the end of our meal.

Some more of our servers:

This guy was so nervous that we thought he was going to spill our water on us! But he did well, and warmed up after awhile! He gave us a big smile here!

The cooks did a WONDERFUL job! Here they are in action!

The young students were following orders from this big honcho (the one with the BIG hat). He'd say what he wanted done, and I'd hear the students answer, "Yes, Chef!"

I walked up to the kitchen area and asked one of the cooks if I could take his picture. He said, "It's 'cause I'm good looking, right?" Oh, he was cute alright! And young! Unfortunately, my flash bounced off of the plexiglass and the photo didn't turn out. So then I held my camera up high and pointed it down towards him and at that time another cook joined him.

I sat back down and told my friends what happened and one said, "Why don't you stand on the side and take the photo?" So I went back to the area and asked if I could do just that. The girl in the above photo said "fine". The young man had his back to me. I yelled, "Hey cutie!" He immediately turned around and posed. Gotta love him!

Here is a shot of the area where you can sit by the counter.

Another area of the restaurant

Just hanging with my peeps.

l-r: Pat, Viv, me, Judy

l-r: Rachel and Thelma

l-r: Jean and Nadine

And now for the food. The meal cost $10, which included a starter, entree and dessert.

First we were served bread and three different kinds of butter - not sure of all the flavors, but ONE of them was a tomato basil.

There were six starters and a flatbread or pizza to choose from. Here are just SOME of them.

This is what I ate. It was DELICIOUS!! The basil leaves were quick fried in oil so they were crisp.

Caprese  Salad - served with fried mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, roasted red peppers, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar reduction

Shrimp Risotto
There were NINE entrees to choose from, plus the daily special.

I had the salmon.

served with English pea puree, asparagus, Parisian potatoes with butter sauce
One friend had the lamb burger. Now let me tell you, I'm not real big on lamb, but this was so tasty and tender that I would definitely order it!

with feta cheese, tomato marmalade, spinach, sautéed red onions, served with hand-cut french fries
Another friend ordered the halibut. Outstanding!

served with corn and fava bean succotash, tomatoes, peas
But let's face it. We were really there for the DESSERTS!! Choice of five.

Here they are!

Cookies and Ice – Raspberry, pineapple and vanilla sorbet in a thin caramel wafer crisp, raspberry, chocolate and caramel syrup sauce, and two chocolate chip chocolate cookies

Salted Caramel Pot de Crème – with Chantilly cream and almond sable cookie
Classic Creamy Cheesecake – with strawberry-rhubarb compote and cocoa sauce
Chocolate Mousse – classic chocolate mousse with Viennese sponge cake, raspberries and raspberry sauce
Seasonal Fruit Crumble – with vanilla bean ice cream
Now isn't this a bargain for TEN BUCKS? Here's the good news! There are several of the schools with restaurants across the United States.  They are located in:

If you get a chance, check it out! But you should make reservations! They fill up fast!


Adrianne Molin said...

Yum! Wanted those foods to touch my taste buds. :D

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Rae said...

What an interesting place to eat. Cheap eating too. Imagine what those prices would be if those were graduate chefs.

Valerie said...

I liked the look of the desserts but, oh boy, right now I could tuck into that lamp burger.

Ami said...

I always get such a kick out of fancy cuisine. Smears of food on the plate, little dabs of this and that, fancy stuff that is all laid out in a certain way... but nothing filling.

The one here in Portland,however, SMELLS wonderful when one walks into the big building it's housed in.

My daughter took a class in the same building, and I was pretty much drooling by the time we left every week around lunch time.


It looks like you had a great time, but I bet you ate a sandwich when you got home.

Brian Miller said...

that is really cool...i think it would be a lot of fun to watch them cook actually...looks like a lot of fun with your friends as well..

Anonymous said...

Wow/ I was going to say 'i'm heading to phoenix' but thanks to your list, I guess one of the FL ones would be easier ;>) is almost as if you were in the middle of a food network show -- . And everything looks so delicious!

Did you swimming gals even recognize each other with your clothes on? ;>)

Eva Gallant said...

Those desserts are to die for!

Gail said...

Your life is just one big adventure, you lucky dog!

otin said...

The picture with you and your peeps was funny because the three of you look like sisters...very similar in facial features.

The food looked great!

Mama Zen said...

I would go just for the desserts! Yum!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

What a fun meal! I was sad to see that there is not one near me .... but when I go see my kids we can hit the one in Minneapolis.

SquirrelQueen said...

Delicious food, excellent price, yummy desserts and cute chefs.....sounds like a great place to me!

Next time we're over in Portland we'll check it out.

McGuffy Ann said...

I will be back in Phoenix in March, @ Mayo. I must admit I love The Valley of the least in January...*lol*.
I am impressed with Dr. Kile, too. Long road ahead...

Lynda said...

EXCELLENT price for a great looking meal and experience! And we have one in Atlanta?!!! Cool - - - 2 hours away unless it's downtown - - may have to check that out or recommend it to a friend who lives in the area.

labbie1 said...

There is a Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute here around St. Peters. I drive past it all the time when taking my parents to their doctors. I should see if they have a restaurant there!

$10 sure looks like a steal! Put me down for the Caramel Pot de Creme Yum and the chocolate mousse with raspberries...oh and that lamb burger...oh just send all of it to me--uh except the shrimp! You don't want to be around me if I eat shrimp--it ain't purty! LOL

You sure had a nice group of ladies! Looks like a great time!

Lesley said...

I am glad I scrolled down to read this post as well! What a fun experience.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what fun!

mmmm....the dishes look so yummy!

looks like you all had a great day!
and the desserts look heavenly!