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Old 04-22-2013, 12:14 PM   #3241
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As Brian vaguely alluded to in his previous post....

I had a wonderful dining experience on Saturday at the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, OH.

http://www.culinaryvegetableinstitute.com/

This place is literally 10 minutes down the road from my town and offers "Earth to Table" dining with guest chefs once a month.

This month's guest chef was Chef Brian Piasecki from Walt Disney World's California Grill.

We had the opportunity to sample his work and even try an upcoming new menu item to be featured on the revised California Grill menu when it reopens this August.

Here was the menu for the evening....



The item being added to the new menu at California Grill is the Handmade Potato Gnocchi....



The Gnocchi, we were told, will be featured with scallops on the new menu.
They were amazing!

At the end of the meal, we had the opportunity to meet up with the Chef...



He's a very nice guy and hails from Toledo (only an hour away from me).

He gave us a tip for dining at California Grill. He said if you're ever in a spot where you don't have a reservation, just tell the elevator attendant on the second floor of the contemporary that you want to have drinks at the bar. They will let you go up to the restaurant and you can actually have dinner at the bar. Or he said, let the hostess know that you'd like to be made aware of any no-shows for reservations to get a table.

He made sure to tell us to ask for him the next time we're at California Grill!

It was an amazing meal/experience.
Very cool Scott!
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:22 PM   #3242
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If she's too good for me, then she's definitely way too good for you...

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Well played, Scott. Well played.
Well played DW!

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Very cool.
It was a great surprise. An early birthday gift from DW.

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I thougth there was a rule to never trust a skinny chef??


Good tip though.
Yeah - he was a short skinny chef....don't see to many like that!

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Sounds like a great experience.

Admittedly though, when you mentioned he was from Toledo, and I see him wearing an apron, I automatically jumped to this image in my head:

No, Klinger wasn't cooking for us. Thankfully!

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Very cool Scott!
It was a great night.

We arrived at 6:15p and didn't leave until 10p!


They do these Earth to Table dinners once a month. In June, the guest Chef is Tyler Florence!
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:27 PM   #3243
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Now that is funny.

I need to get my nemesis into the world of cell phones before I try to mix it up with texting.
Hey, if you want to shell out for the data plan...
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:27 PM   #3244
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Yeah - he was a short skinny chef....don't see to many like that!
I have one rule in life: Never trust a skinny cook.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:47 PM   #3245
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Thank you sir. I’ll happily accept that.
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He gave us a tip for dining at California Grill. He said if you're ever in a spot where you don't have a reservation, just tell the elevator attendant on the second floor of the contemporary that you want to have drinks at the bar. They will let you go up to the restaurant and you can actually have dinner at the bar. Or he said, let the hostess know that you'd like to be made aware of any no-shows for reservations to get a table.


Thanks! That’s a good one to know.
I may have to give it a try in June.


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Congrats to the soccer and volyball players and aniversaries this weekend. Decided to mostly stay off the laptop this weekend and spent most of it hanging with DS. Took him shopping for first sport coat, dress shirt & tie (want him to look good for formal night on DCL Fantasy in June). We also finally got around to watching Wreck it Ralph - better than expected. Traveling out of town this week so wishing all, especially Boston & West TX, a good week.
We did a bit of that formalwear type of shopping as well this weekend. Prom related to be specific. Being a musician, DS already owns a tux, but we needed to find a vest and tie that matched the young ladies’ gown. I had my doubts about pulling that one off at first, but I obviously underestimated the vast amount of rentable formal apparel available. Ten minutes, and we had the mission accomplished. Celebrated with calzone and Stromboli from a local purveyor… that made the trip far more enjoyable.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:11 PM   #3246
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Happy new week guys. My week started with DD2 throwing up in our bed for about the 5th time in the past 2 weeks at 3 o'clock in the morning. But hey, at least the sun is shining today.

I think we've settled on Hilton Head as our June destination. Now just to decide between the Disney resort there and a newly remodeled place called Sonesta. The D resort would be about a $500 premium so I'm not sure that one is in the lead.
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Anniversary dinner is booked for 7pm at an undisclosed restaurant.

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Sounds like a great experience.

Admittedly though, when you mentioned he was from Toledo, and I see him wearing an apron, I automatically jumped to this image in my head:

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Old 04-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #3248
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Happy new week guys. My week started with DD2 throwing up in our bed for about the 5th time in the past 2 weeks at 3 o'clock in the morning. But hey, at least the sun is shining today.

I think we've settled on Hilton Head as our June destination. Now just to decide between the Disney resort there and a newly remodeled place called Sonesta. The D resort would be about a $500 premium so I'm not sure that one is in the lead.
Not the best way to start the morning. Hope he gets over it quickly. As for the hotel, while we liked the Disney resort, I don't know if I would have booked it paying cash. It works well with DVC.

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I had a wonderful dining experience on Saturday at the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, OH.

This place is literally 10 minutes down the road from my town and offers "Earth to Table" dining with guest chefs once a month.

This month's guest chef was Chef Brian Piasecki from Walt Disney World's California Grill.

We had the opportunity to sample his work and even try an upcoming new menu item to be featured on the revised California Grill menu when it reopens this August.

Here was the menu for the evening....

Looks and sounds like you had a great meal.

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Now that is funny.

I need to get my nemesis into the world of cell phones before I try to mix it up with texting.
There is a really difficult secret weapon you can use in these battles. Don't read the text.

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Hey, if you want to shell out for the data plan...
You don't need a data plan to text. You know better, sly....
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:28 PM   #3249
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No, Klinger wasn't cooking for us. Thankfully!
Mmmmmmmm.... Tony Packo's....

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I've always wanted to try Adam's Ribs.
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I had a wonderful dining experience on Saturday at the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, OH...

This month's guest chef was Chef Brian Piasecki from Walt Disney World's California Grill.

We had the opportunity to sample his work and even try an upcoming new menu item to be featured on the revised California Grill menu when it reopens this August.

Here was the menu for the evening....

Very cool. Looking forward to seeing the new menu and restaurant layout.

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Oh, and on a side note...

My nemesis starts texting me his dinner, making me jealous....

And then I GOT IN TROUBLE from his DW because I AM TEXTING him, while out for a nice dinner.
Funny, very funny.

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Admittedly though, when you mentioned he was from Toledo, and I see him wearing an apron, I automatically jumped to this image in my head:

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I've always wanted to try Adam's Ribs.
"You sent all the way to Chicago and you didn't order any cole slaw?"

One of my favorite MASH episodes.

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For me, it was spent celebrating a 22nd Anniversary. :
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We did a bit of that formalwear type of shopping as well this weekend. Prom related to be specific. Being a musician, DS already owns a tux, but we needed to find a vest and tie that matched the young ladies’ gown...
Reminds me of last year. You are lucky you could rent. They don't rent prom dresses.

On a side note, Marlins guaranteed not to lose today. Game was canceled because of snow coming tonight in Minnesota.
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On a side note, Marlins guaranteed not to lose today. Game was canceled because of snow coming tonight in Minnesota.
I about had to cry myself to sleep when they beat the Reds with a home run against Chapman.

Thankfully, they managed to salvage the weekend.
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This will be a little bit better place than McDonald's. And, no I don't mean Culver's. I know that's what you Sconnies call fine dinning.
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