Last night, Richard and I attended Salish Sea Culinary Adventures. Through this program, culinary/hospitality students prepare and serve full-course, locally sourced meals. The Salish Sea encompasses Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the waters off of Vancouver, BC. Thus, these meals focus on local ingredients from both land and ocean.
Yesterday was a five-course dinner. During this three-hour event, we enjoyed exquisite dishes (shown below). At the end of the meal, student chefs and supervisors warmly engaged with participants, answered questions and shared culinary tips. This meal took three days to prepare.
For a fraction of the cost of a comparable restaurant meal, we were able to experience mouth-watering local cuisine, meet new (and adventurous) people, support our community and have a unique evening out.
If you live in the area, remaining sessions for this season take place during the afternoons of November 15 and 26. Although only places on the waiting list currently remain, I highly recommend signing up. You never know when new seats may become available!
If you live out of town (or out of country/continent), do you have a similar culinary program near you? Please share!
More information on Salish Sea Culinary Adventures and other Vancouver Island University offerings can be found here.