LA Harbor College Culinary Arts Program

I had the absolute pleasure of attending a dinner presented by the Students of the Culinary Arts Program 3rd Semester Class at Los Angeles Harbor College last night.
The menu was seasonal, innovative, ambitious and well-executed. The service was delightful. It was wonderful to tour the kitchen and the new bakery, and to meet the faculty and administration of the College. Above all, it was especially refreshing to witness the passion and commitment of these students.
The Dining Room is a Converted Faculty Lounge

5 Course Menu Gastronomique

Grilled Maui Gold Pineapple, Jicama,
Red Onion & Grapefruit Salad
Timbale of Cured Salmon

Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Broccoli Soup

Apple Sorbet with Sauternes

Braised Wagyu Short Ribs
Chateau Bliss Potatoes
Grilled Asparagus

Creme Brulee & Burgundy Poached D’Anjou Pear
Cinnamon Tuille

Plating the Salad Course

The Colorful Salad

Soup Shooters
Spiced Pumpkin & Cream of Broccoli

Apple Sorbet Palate Cleanser

Main Course
(the sauce, made with veal bones and reduced for many hours, was exceptional)

Myra serves Cheryl the Dessert Course
Tonight Myra was a server, earlier in the day, she was a pastry chef, and was on the team that prepared this dessert. Her specialty was the cinnamon tuilles, which were excellent.

Dessert Course

Kudos and best wishes to the aspiring chefs and restaurateurs for your hard work and dedication. The entire meal was delicious! It was a real pleasure to experience your creativity. Bravo!

Here, Natalie enjoys the apple sorbet. I was a guest of faculty member, Cheryl and her mother, Natalie. Thank you ladies for a fun and very inspiring evening.

Chef Giovanni Delrosario recognizes the team.
Los Angeles Harbor College offers a 2 year degree in Culinary Arts, as well as 12 and 24 unit certificates in the field. For more information please visit
If you are in the Los Angeles area and want to support this valuable local program please call 310-233-4556 for reservations. Dinner starts at 6 PM and concludes at 7:30 PM. The dinners will be held every Thursday evening though December 3rd. Chef Giovanni shared with us that next week’s main course is a braised lamb shank. Both Natalie and I think that sounds great! See you there?

14 thoughts on “LA Harbor College Culinary Arts Program”

  1. I love teaching restaurants – such great experience for our up and coming culinary talent! This looks like a great meal!

  2. So great that you highlight the students and their efforts. We love culinary teaching school restaurants (esp French culinary school L'Ecole in NYC). Thanks for the tip!!

  3. I love the idea of soup shooters. Did you actually drink them like a tequila shot or did you use a spoon? I really hope a spoon! I wonder how long they poached their pears for to get them so dark? What a fun, fun evening!

    You are right, my boys are itching with anticipation for Halloween. They are going to be Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, "so they can fight" (their words). Although my little one may change his mind at the last minute and don the Batman costume I made him for his birthday a few months ago. I think the site of himself in the Darth Vader costume scared him a little. Ha ha!

  4. What a great idea! I wonder if there is something like that in San Diego? I attended a dinner once held by students in the hotel hospitality industry. It was part of their final grade. Definitely need to support our rising stars!

  5. Hi yes4arts is searching for a culinary class to provide 250 people with appetizers on July 25 at a Fiber Art Fashion Show in Torrance, CA. We are a new non-profit organization and we are trying to use a local college. Please email if you are interested. We will be at you next dinner to taste your amazing looking food. Good job and thanks for teaching our kids………

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