Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kerri Jo's Birthday night Out in Denver @ Cafe Brazil and The Living Room

October 23 we celebrated by going out on the town in Denver.
Starting early that day at Jeanne's house we enjoyed appetizers and a bottle of 2005 Gundlach Bundschu Merlot from Sonoma. What a treat.
At 8:00pm we arrived at Cafe Brazil. Kerri's brother, Casey arranged our reservation.
We loved the atmosphere, restaurant style, interior paint, art on the walls, clean restrooms and the simple cork decorations.
The service staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Our evening went like this...

Cafe Brazil boasts a wonderful selection of fine Rums and Wines from South America.

The Rum caught this Pirate's eye.

And the Wine? We selected Tabali Pinot Noir from Chile.

Kj and I become a 'Couple In Shades' and embark on a perfect night in Denver

Kerri's brother Casey, Kerri Jo and Mark in between courses

The girls are smiling big and having fun

Kj's Grouper My Dinner Entree - Xim Xim
We ended our evening at the Living Room www.coclubs.com/venue in downtown Denver. Where we listen to the music of Elizabeth Rose. The music was fantastic. We like discovering new music and restaurants.

Here is a link to the band's web page-- http://www.elizabethrose.net/. The Living room was top notch in atmosphere, service and style. One of Regas Christou's hot spots in the Denver Metropolitan scene.

We gave this night a perfect 10 as far as great evenings go and we also put our Mark of Excellence seal of approval on both these establishments. Check 'em out next time you're in the Denver area!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Coaching the 2010 Pikes Peak Region Student Team Competition

I recently coached a Student Team from Pikes Peak Culinary School. We competed state-wide to represent our Chapter/School at the regional ACF Conference happening in April. Here are some photos of the team in action!

This is the team preparing to create a feast! The actual food is center...and here's the display

Members of the team stand at attention during judging.

Amuse Bouche--Spanish Olive Tapenade over Amontillado Sherry

Zarzuela--A Seafood Stew from Spain

Salad--Red Onion, Valencia Orange and Fennel with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Poulet Saute a la Catalane / Almond and Chocolate Torta

All this effort earned us an ACF Bronze Medal!

We also honed our skills, increased our knowledge in many ways and grew as professionals.