ACI’s Herb Garden | March 18, 2011

ACI’s herb garden

…another example of how we’re still moving our program forward.

As our program continues to evolve in a positive direction, another asset we’ve added to our campus is an herb/lettuce garden.  The project was started a few years ago, and now, after some trial and error, we’ve created a wonderful bed of fresh herbs and micro greens.  A majority of the credit goes to our very own Chef Mattox, CCC,CS, CPI, FMP for taking so much time to care for the plants.  At a recent dinner service in our on-campus restaurant, Du Jour, almost every single dish on the menu had at least one component pulled from the garden THAT DAY.  It doesn’t get any fresher than that.  In an environment that seems to be moving toward more computer driven classes, our on-campus herb garden is very NOT computer driven.  In fact, I’d say it’s moving the opposite direction:  doing things the right way, more hands on, more personal, and more like it used to be done in the “old days”.  It’s not over either.  The vision is still growing.  As we continue to figure out what grows well and what doesn’t, we’re looking toward higher yields, more variety, and MAYBE even heirloom tomatoes!  Keep watching, and get involved!

Arizona Culinary Institute | Student Wine Seminar 3.1.2011

Thanks to Dave Wood of Frank-Lin Fine Wines and Spirits and ACI’s Management Instructor Bruce Sandground for a great class. 22 ACI students attended a 4 part seminar over 8 weeks learning about White, Red and Fortified Wines. They then had to prepare culinary samples to be paired with each wine they learned about. The students will receive a certificate in “Basic Wine Knowledge”. Great Job!