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A Culinary Walking Tour of the South End

Posted by Clark Crowley on Fri, Jun 24, 2011

We’ve all been there…first date, nice restaurant, complicated menu. Nerves, sweat, spilled red wine, tears. Well maybe we ALL haven’t been THERE but chances are you’ve had to ask your server for some guidance regarding a menu. Maybe it was the exoticness of the ingredients or an unfamiliar language that turned your fine dinning experience into a guessing game, or worse, a test.

On Tuesday, June 14, a group of 10 BCAE students accompanied Boston magazine Food Editor Donna Garlough for the class, "Demystifying the Menu," a restaurant tour through the South End. The class was designed to provide useful skills on how to best interpret complicated menus, in a variety of languages, from a woman who can only be described as the ultimate foodie.

Donna describing how to order

Stops on the tour included Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s trendy enoteca, Coppa, where students sampled several small plates and seasonal cocktails. Next stop, delectable French entrees at Gaslight, followed by an array of classic desserts at Petit Robert Bistro.

 The class enjoying their food while getting pointers from Donna Garlough

Students went home with tips on how to navigate tricky menus, basic French, Italian, Spanish and culinary vocabulary that they might encounter at restaurants, and most importantly, stuffed!

Check out some of the BCAE’s upcoming walking tours through the South End, Back Bay, Fort Point Channel Neighborhood and the Theatre and Financial Districts, and keep your eyes peeled for our September/October catalog featuring a very special class with Coppa Chef Jamie Bissonnette.

Topics: Demystifying the Menu, Donna Garlough, Culinary Tour of the South End