Delightful outing to Poughkeepsie today to meet Ann and Ave at the C.I.A. – the Culinary Institute of America. We had lunch at the American Bounty Restaurant, one of many restaurants operated by the students as part of the C.I.A. Restaurant Group. The meal, service, and ambiance were delicious, friendly, and unhurried, causing us all to agree we would eagerly return to try out another restaurant.
The menus change regularly to reflect seasonal and local offerings. For today's lunch Fred and I had:
The first image is the Napoleon (Fred's), the second is a Chocolate Tart (Ann's) and the third is the Panna Cotta (mine).
Cannellini Ricotta Ravioli - Acorn Squash, Pecan Crumb, Carrot Emulsion
Pan-Seared King Salmon - PEI Mussels, Sunchokes, Baby Artichokes, Saffron Cream
Grilled Meiller Farm Striploin - Sweet Potato Purée, Heirloom Baby Carrots and Turnips, Black Garlic Jus
Pumpkin Panna Cotta - Poached Pears, Spiced Oat Crumble, Pear Sorbe
Spiced Pineapple Napoleon - Coconut Meringues, Rum Ice Cream
Hot Scotch - Hot Chocolate, Kahlua, Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey, Whipped Cream (minus the Whiskey at my request!)
And now for the people pictures, with thanks to Ann for the one of Fred and me with our desserts!