The Artisan, a teaching restaurant at the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charlotte is hosting its inaugural senior practicum for dinner. For six weeks on Thursdays and Fridays it will be open to the public as students complete the final project for their bachelor’s degree. Normally open for lunch Monday through Wednesday, this will be the first time dinner service will be run by students. The food and theme of the restaurant will change from week to week, with each menu developed by the students over the course of the entire program. These dinners will be five course, prix fixe tasting menus with the option of paired beverages. For $23.95 without paired beverages and $34.95 with, this dining experience is a great value and a great opportunity to see some of the up and coming chefs from The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Charlotte. Dinner reservations will be taken from 6:00 to 8:00 on Thursday and Friday, starting February 12th and 13th. Seating is limited to thirty guests each night and they will fill up quickly. To make reservations, call (704) 357-5900.
The first concept, a journey into contemporary English cuisine will be presented by Chef Andrew Gaddis. Mr. Gaddis is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, where he was exposed to several local micro-breweries that began his affinity for quality beer. Traveling from coast to coast, Andrew worked in a variety of restaurants until he realized that cooking is more than a job, it is his passion. Since January 2006 he has represented the school in several events in Charlotte, New Orleans, and New York City. Most recently he was chosen to assist Chef Joe Bonaparte in designing the menu and preparing Thanksgiving dinner at the James Beard House in Manhattan. Andrew was part of a team that won Best Hot and Best Cold Food at Taste of the Nation in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He also was one of twenty culinary students in the United States to receive the Cutting Edge Student Award from Share Our Strength in 2006. Graduating in March 2009, Mr. Gaddis decided to pair his two passions to present to the public. While the menu gives a nod to the premiere chefs of England, the beer selection is from a variety of American microbreweries.
The second concept will be two nights of Northern Italy with traditional foods from the Piemonte region brought to you by Chef Marla Thurman. Ms. Thurman was able to capture the true essence of Italy when she journeyed through the country last October as a student representative of our local Charlotte Slow Food chapter at the world food conference Terra Madre and Salone de Gusto. Tying together the local foods of the Piedmont area of North Carolina with the flavors of Piemonte Italy has brought great joy to Ms. Thurman as she is able to share her memories with you. Although Marla comes to Charlotte from the heart of Texas she has made herself at home here at the Art Institute and in our community. Working at several farmers markets as well as encouraging the students at AI to plant an organic garden Marla brings her passion for food from the farm to the table. Come to the Artisan February 19 & 20 to enjoy Trattoria Passioni and let Chef Thurman display her culinary talents for you!