the culinary institute of america in hyde park is doing a special promotion to get more people inside its student-staffed restaurants — a fixed-price menu that includes a 3-course dinner for lunch for $19.95 and a 3-course dinner for $29.95. not bad, eh? E and i decided to take advantage and had lunch today at the american bounty restaurant, which focuses on regional cuisine.
i’ve been to the other restaurants on campus a number of times — apple pie bakery is a favorite lunch destination; and i’ve joined friends for meals at the caterina de medici (italian restaurant) and escoffier (french restaurant). i remember being taken along with other news executives to st. andrew’s cafe for the managers holiday luncheon when my old paper was still “flush. but i’d never been to american bounty. the term regional cuisine just didn’t seem appealing — until now 😉
should have gone there sooner. the food was great and it’s always fun to see the students practice their hospitality skills 😛 anyway, here are photos from that lunch, including names and descriptions of the dishes. enjoy!
|Butternut Soup: Roasted Bosc pears, Stilton blue cheese and spiced pecans|
|Sauteed Prince Edward Island Mussels: Thyme garlic butter and focaccia bread|
|Apple-glazed pork chop: Parsnip celery root puree, watercress salad, apple jack glace and crispy onion rings|
|Crisp Hudson Valley Duck: Spiced apple chutney, sage polenta and date molasses|
|Honey thyme creme brulee with biscotti|