Many regular readers know that my first career was in the restaurant industry and my first college degree was from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, N.Y. The school is recognized as the world’s premier culinary college.
The recent weather has been splendid. Dry days with glorious sunshine and pleasant temperatures. This is perfect weather for a drive. Unfortunately, the trees haven’t shown much sign of coloration yet. I think this is largely owing to the mild weather and lack of rain. The drive to Hyde Park is about 2 and half hours, though traffic was a bit congested along some of the route.
While at the CIA, we enjoyed a lovely Italian lunch in the institutes Caterina de’ Medici Room. This link informs of the institute’s various restaurants.
We started with a selection of cured meats and freshly pickled vegetables along with a Zucchini frita.
For the main course we ordered one Halibut and one portion of Chicken thighs braised in a mildly spicy sauce with garlic and peppers. A side order of fresh string beans and almonds was a great compliment to both primi.
Topping it all off with an absolutely wonderful Panna Cotta with fresh berries.
It is a long way to drive for lunch, but we enjoyed the epicurean experience and I was pleased to see the many changes that have taken place at the Culinary Institute.