Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Culinary Institute ~ Kerikeri

Last night the Culinary Institute held a dinner for their student chefs to showcase what they have learned and we were lucky enough to go along to it. We've never been to anything like this before, so didn't really know what to expect, but it was the most wonderful night.
This was the menu

I forgot to take a photo of the first course, but from then on in I remembered - and I'm so glad, because it all looked so beautiful - and the taste was amazing.
 There are some very talented chefs in the making, here.

It's funny because, as it was a tasting menu, the courses are fairly small and it's very deceptive! You think after the first three courses you're not that full but by the end of the meal I think we were all ready to explode! We got several dishes of beautiful petit fours with coffee and we could barely manage to taste one! I noticed we weren't the only table unable to eat anymore, because there was a lot of surreptitious and not so surreptitious wrapping of truffely delights in napkins to be smuggled home for later - wish I'd thought of that!


  1. What a gorgeous night out!!!! I love food photography almost as much as I love eating it...and it seems almost a shame to eat such beautiful works of art. Each meal looks simply divine. There are some very talented up and coming chefs in NZ.

  2. Marjon8:38 pm

    Laura, have you seen the next post from "Heartfelt" on their Monarchs? Amazing!

  3. OO just went to have a look - fab or what!! I have several HUGE ones now - it's raining really heavily tonight so I hope they're ok. They are almost as big as my finger now - must be almost ready for chrysalis stage?

    Daffodil - you're right - the talent was astounding!

  4. Italian weddings Laura, so many courses that when the continental cakes come out with coffee, thats all they are good for.......wrapping in napkins and put in everyones purses to take home....hah....xx

  5. Looks like it was a great time! Wonderful photos and it sounds like wonderful memories to go with them.

  6. My goodness, I am sitting here eating my porridge and all of a sudden it's a little unsatisfying.

    YUM Laura, YUM!

  7. Beautiful! Also, kind of funny, as we made Beef Wellington ourselves this weekend. Not all those other stunning looking courses, obviously, but that ONE.


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