What started out as a classy, foodie party for before the Beta Launch (first test phase) of The Smart Kitchen Online Culinary School, lasted past the dessert hour and into the wee desert evening hours. It was a tight knit group of about 50 or so but there was a lot of excitement about the product, the food, the team and the conviviality of the whole thing.
Teaching Chef, Dominic O’Neill, our Chef Teaching Instructor, SK Chef, Eric O’Neill, our President & P Chef, Perry Herst the Chief Operating Officer, toasted the launch to kick off the party.
The toast allowed everyone to break into the drinks and then the food.
After the Drinks the food. The menu included:
An incredible Fish Chowder that will have to be in the Advanced Level Lessons.
Roast Sirloin with ”liquid gold”, a Cream Demi-Glaze
Home Cured Gravlox with home grown Basil & Spinach put up into a delicate dipping sauce
Crab Claws & Shrimp, simply prepared but worth every bite.
For dessert the menu called for: Mexican Chocolate Cake, Lindzer Torte, & Pumpkin Bars
But some of the team, including yours truly, baked up some extra action.
Even the center pieces were noteworthy bits of “Flair”. Teaching Chef, shows that not even Smart Kitchen contains all of his “4th Lever” tricks. We will have to work on him about that and get those centerpieces in the Intermediate Food Preparation section.
The party was great but the reception of Smart Kitchen, the product was even better. Everyone liked the look and the feel. We are very excited to begin the formal testing next week.
Last and likely least, my shaved face above. I had promised in Mid-September to refrain from shaving until the Smart Kitchen Beta was up. We were 22 days behind schedule and the Beta Beard got a bit shaggy. With the launch shaving returned to its rightful place in the grooming regimen and I am happy the unwieldly monster is gone. But Round Two starts Monday with the deadline for Food Preparation Basics. Hopefully, nothing going forward will rival the Beta Beard. For a point of comparision, it is below. You will likely agree that it wasn’t looking very sexy just before Friday’s shave. I think you could call it the opposite of “Flair.”