After I write an article for the blog I typically go through
my digital camera and delete photos covered in the article or that are being
saved in the “cloud”. Doesn’t the “cloud” sound like an ominous place that we can
never retrieve or manage our work again??? Anyway, I digress …. So, while
viewing the photos I came across the pixs from the exterior part of the tour
known as the Grounds and the Gallery.
Once the initial part of the interior tour is complete the
group took a walk outside to tour the grounds. Outside any kind of barbeque, wood fire or
tandoori cooking was done. Since it was well over 90+ degrees outside … all the
oven, fire pits and tandoori ovens were off.Thank God! Heat upon heat…not my kind of party. I fell in love with the
food fire pit where they cook pizzas, calzones and flat breads.
Walking further we saw outside patio dining, which looked
very lovely amongst the trees. The school was closed and it was after lunch,
therefore no crowds to serve.Walking a
little further …yes, the grounds are very large you wind up back inside the
school’s front entrance. Inside the Gallery is open to purchase anything under
the sun that has to do with the culinary arts.
What caught my eye were the handmade chocolates with melt in
your mouth ganache and an intense flavor of raspberry, mango, pistachio or my
favorite chocolate-on-chocolate-on chocolate. On the opposite side was a Café to order
sandwiches, salads and daily special for a casual style meal rather than the
formal meal presented by Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant.
I highly recommend the CIA however, Come for the tour, but
stay for the food, ambiance and historical landscape.
Thanks for reading… all comments are welcome and