Our Tasting Menu

30 Aug

For our Restaurant Management course at the Hotel School, we worked with three of our classmates on a menu development project. Our mission was to create, test, and perfect a tasting menu for Taverna Banfi, the restaurant at Statler Hotel. Our first thought was, “Wow, this is going to be great! We’ll find recipes for our favorite dishes, cook them, and eat them. How perfect!”

Well, it turned out that our project was a bit more challenging than that. Finding the right dishes and executing them were much harder than we had expected (none of us were that skilled in the kitchen). And on top of that, we also worked closely with the wine pairing team so that their wine selections were compatible with our dishes. Nevertheless, we worked hard during the semester and went through series of tastings to end up with the tasting menu that is currently offered at Banfi!

Even though some nights we slaved away in the kitchen for hours to end up with dry lamb chops and overcooked brownie puddings, we had a lot of fun! Here are some pictures from our project, enjoy!

First Tasting

Flatbread Salad, Caramelized Pears, Parmesan

Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Butter

Baked Cocoa Pudding, Warm Raspberry Coulis, Vanilla Ice Cream

Second Tasting

Potato Crisp with Sautéed Spinach

Dax hard at work!

Flatbread Salad, Caramelized Apples and Pecans, Parmesan

Justin, our team member

Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb, Rosemary Butter, Herbs

Greg, our team member

Panel Tasting

Table Setup

Potato Crisp, Sautéed Spinach and Onion

Caramelized Pear and Prosciutto Flatbread

Rack of Lamb, Sautéed Asparagus, Rosemary Butter, Herbs

Baked Cocoa Pudding, Warm Raspberry Coulis, Vanilla Ice Cream

A Taste of Our Tasting Menu!

First Course: Duck Breast, Cherry Confit

Second Course: Braised Beef, Polenta, Cabbage

Third Course: Baked Cocoa Pudding, Warm Raspberry Coulis, Vanilla Ice Cream

È squisito!

One Response to “Our Tasting Menu”

  1. Julie September 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    babydoll, this looks amazing! you’re going to have took cook up those scrumptious looking flatbreads for me when we finallllly get to have our get together!

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