Lunch at the Art Institute: Three Courses for $12.99
Any negative thoughts were eradicated, however, after I devoured a delicious meal prepared and served by energetic culinary students in an intimate dining room. Three courses at the Chef's Palate cost only $12.99! Menu options include lobster bisque, New York strip steak au poivre, and braised lamb shank.
The restaurant caters to an eclectic crowd and loyal patrons. Among the regular diners were Bill and Chuck (no last name given) who have been coming to Chef's Palette every Friday since the mid-90s. As the two friends shared a slice of birthday cake graciously donated by a nearby table, they proudly stated that they dine weekly because of the great service and tasty food. "They're so talented! It's amazing! And they treat us so nicely!" they proclaimed.
Aside from the occasional kitchen disaster, students evolve from not-so-experienced kitchen cooks to culinary chefs during the quarter-long training at Chef's Palette. Famous alumni include Paula DaSilva who was runner up in season 5 of Gordon Ramsay's hit FOX show, Hell's Kitchen, and is now executive chef at the Eden Roc resort in Miami.
On October 11th students will battle with one another in a competition of culinary prowess. The winning student's food will be featured in feature in the annual Winterfest's White Party. In December, the Art Institute hosts an annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Broward General Hospital's Pediatric Oncology Center. Students and chefs team up to provide gingerbread houses for the children to decorate.