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  • Karrieb
    Savannah, GA5,262 contributions
    I just took my third class at this school and once again felt like I got alot of bang for my buck. Anthony the Chef/Instructor was friendly, very attentive to all the students and ran a very organized and fun class. The kitchen was spotless, the knives were sharp and the recipes (for boning chicken) were yummy. I look forward to taking more classes there. One hint: the metered parking is by parking app only but about 2 blocks down is a large free parking lot at a CVS/Panera shopping area.
    Written 31 July 2021
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  • MROMom
    Boston, MA117 contributions
    This tripadvisor listing is very confusing. The actually business name is Bleu Ribbon Kitchen at Le Cordon Blue, a Culinary School of Art in Boston. The Bleu Ribbon Kitchen is for cooking enthusiasts (as supposed to degree programs for a professional culinary career at Le Cordon Blue). The cost of the classes are $99, $125 or $195, dependent on the topic. I took a class there this weekend using a Travelzoo voucher which gave me a very good discount. At the discounted rate, I found the class to be enjoyable (say 3.5-stars). If I had to pay full price, I may say it's a bit pricey and would have rated it 3-stars. I don't know how to rate 3.5-stars on Tripadvsior so I picked 3-stars instead.

    I've also taken a non-professional class at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, NY before. The CIA class was of higher caliper and much more intense. Bleu Ribbon Kitchen was more informal and relax. If you are a beginner, you'll like Bleu Ribbon Kitchen more. If you are an advanced home cook, you'll like CIA much better.

    I took the Sauce Technique class this Saturday. My friend and I arrived at 215 First Street at 8:40am for a 9am class, only to find the building locked up. We pressed on the buzzer; no one showed up. Luckily, someone happened to walk by the door and was kind enough to open the door for us. We took the elevator to the 3rd floor. The door to Le Cordon Blue was locked and lights out. We were a bit worried but decided to wander the hallway anyway. Luckily, there was another Le Cordon Blue area where a young receptionist sat.

    The young girl informed us the class runs from 9am to 1pm even though the website says 9am to 3pm. She explained that their classes tend to be large and in those cases, would run from 9am to 3pm. But on Saturday, they had 3 instructors and 44 students so they were able to split a large group into 3 kitchens and shorten the class duration.

    After everyone arrived, we moved to the 4th floor where the teaching kitchens are. We had Kristen as our instructor. She was friendly and made the class fun. She showed us how to make a Hollandise sauce and Garlic Aoli sauce. She also showed us some good tricks to roasting chickens (a bonus since that's not in the class description). After the demo, we formed teams of two. The sous-chefs handed us a tray of ingredients and we made the sauces ourselves. While we were cooking, the sous-chefs prepared egg benedict on english muffins so we could have that with our Hollandise sauce. For the garlic aoli sauce, they provided a veggi platter. We all enjoyed the snacks very much.

    Next, Kristen showed us how to make marinara, pesto and beurre blanc. After the demo, each team of 2 or 4 was given a tray of ingredients and we make each sauce hands-on. In the meanwhile, the sous-chefs prepared pasta to go with the marinara and pesto. Then, baked salmon to go with beurre blanc. The food was plentiful and yummy. At the end, even though the class description told us to expect only snack-size tasting opportunities, we were all impressed at the amount of food we got to try. None of us left hungry. Some of us even took leftover sauces home.

    All in all, I had a decent experience at the Bleu Ribbon Kitchen. The chefs and the kitchen staff were all very friendly and professional. If you like to cook and want an interesting activity with your friends or significant other, I would recommend this over a normal sit down meal.

    Last but not least, the Bleu Ribbon Kitchen is very close to the Cambridgeside Gallery. It's about a 5-minute walk. On the weekend, you could park there at $3.99 for up to 10 hours. Be sure to check the website for parking instructions since you may need to use the Lower Garage entrance to enter the parking area when your class starts before the mall opens. You may also wish to park closer to the garage entrance since despite the sign saying "No foot traffic" toward the garage entrance, that may be your only way out before the mall opens.
    Written 6 December 2015
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  • 343allison
    1 contribution
    We had a great time exploring Harvard Square on the Chocolate Tour! Even on a rainy night, our tour guide kept us engaged and satiated as we chocolate shop hopped around the area. Fun evening out for with family or friends!
    Written 21 October 2019
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  • ARC
    1 contribution
    I have had a couple wonderful wine tasting classes through this school. Mine were virtual and I can’t wait to go in-person. The teachers/wine pros leading the programs were both exceptional. They had a lot of knowledge and insight to share and made it easy to ask questions and offer insights to truly understand what I was tasting. They are very well organized, educated, experienced, friendly and welcoming.
    Written 14 July 2021
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