Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lunch at FIU Kovens Center, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Advanced Food Production Management

Had a great lunch today at the Kovens Center. The students definitely outdid themselves. Full story to follow:

Followup: One of the many great things about working with FIU is the lunches and dinners that are put on by the very talented students here in the Kovens Center. Remember, that FIU, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism is not a culinary program even though cooking classes are in the curriculum including a class that prepares, markets, and executes several lunches and dinners per semester.

These meals are open to the public, and reservations are available. Visit for more information. Wednesday's lunch started with a Caprese salad, which was simple enough and got our taste buds ready for the main entree. A specialty drink, a blueberry-pomegranate iced tea, was served with the appetizer and wine was suggested with the main courses, that I declined. The two main course options were grilled lamb chops, or a pan seared sea bass that was substituted for the advertized mackerel. The fish was cooked perfectly and came with a couscous side that was bland, but OK, and a drizzle of chimichurri that overpowered the fish and was not necessary.

The people at my table found the lunch good, but the lamb was a little on the rare side for some of the guests. Desert was a chocolate mousse served with coffee. These are students, they are not formally trained professional chefs, or expert servers so there are some hiccups. All and all it was a great meal, partly because of the food, partly because of the view of the Biscayne Bay, and partly because of the company. I don't get to go to many of these events, work takes the priority over these things, but they are fun to do. Please, if you are in the area and want to try something for lunch or dinner, and to help out the university, please look at the days, make a reservation and try one out. Next fall the new restaurant and teaching kitchen will be complete, and the renderings are of the best looking restaurant I have ever seen.
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  1. I like to join this because I've been attending some Vacation cooking classes for quite some time now. I want to further know more about cooking different dishes.

  2. The meals look delicious. I would love to experience such kind of delicious lunch and perhaps write a blog post about it. essay writing service writer Maude