What? You didn't know? The pineapple is the international symbol of hospitality.
Everyone loves a free dinner. Even better when it's five courses. With wine. Lots of wine. Ruffino wines to be exact. Our company bought a table for the event and we were the lucky ones who enjoyed an evening being served (we work in a hotel...we spend all day every day taking care of others). Take eight people who work in hospitality, who know a lot about food, wine and service, and you know the conversation will be lively. Every new wine was an excuse to toast the table. As much as I like food, I think that I enjoy things on a simpler level and I don't tend to analyze all the ingredients and whether their flavors and textures compliment each other....but it's very entertaining listening to my friends who do. For me: Do I like it? Check yes or no. For the seniors in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management this is one of their big projects. I think back to my senior projects at Illinois and this was an entirely different, very impressive, animal. Three of the seniors have been / are employees at our property. It made us proud. And of course we gave the most enthusiastic applause to the students who are "ours."
As always, I'm taking pictures of the food. But then I noticed....wine fest. No pictures of the wine. Oh well. You know what wine looks like. Know that wine was enjoyed with each course. Cheers!
Shrimp BLT with Roasted Pork Belly
Seared Sea Scallop
Roasted Leg of Colorado Lamb
conversation over this course went like this:
Friend: I like food in a more rustic style
Me: So, you like big hunks of meat
Friend: That's what she said
(toasting our glasses)
Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake – Vanilla Gelato