Morning, friends! Anyone else excited that it’s Friday? What a silly question – of course you are! I have a lot of fun plans this weekend (an outdoor movie festival, paintball shenanigans, running, and this bike event?!), and I can’t wait!
But I’m getting way ahead of myself here. I’m excited about the weekend, but I’m also really excited to tell you all about a really neat event I went to last night.
Side note: I just realized I typed the word ‘excited’ three times already. Well, four times if you count that instance. I promise not to use it anymore. Someone buy this girl a thesaurus!
Moving on. Yesterday evening, my awesome sister invited me to an event here:
The Culinary Institute of St. Louis! Yes, my sister is in culinary school. I’m so proud of her!
Isn’t she cute?
Also, can I just mention how perfect it is that my sis is in culinary school and I’m a food blogger? I’m in a family of foodies, and I love it.
Anyway, The Culinary Institute had an event last night called ‘Around the World’ Sliders and Fries. The event promised a variety of sliders, a french fry station, beverages, and dessert, all prepared by some of the students at the school.
Sliders? Dessert? A FRENCH FRY STATION?! Yes yes yes. There was no way I was going to miss this.
My sister and I arrived to the school a little early, so while we waited for the event to start, she gave me a quick tour of one of the kitchens she takes her classes in.
It was super cool, and you gotta love all of that natural light! I didn’t get much of that during my years in the Chemistry lab at SLU! I’m a little jealous.
Once the announcement was made that the food was ready, we scrambled to the kitchen to load up our plates.
Are you surprised that we were first in line? We don’t mess around when it comes to food!
We started by grabbing a few toasted buns.
Next up? The meat! There was a lot to choose from.
Ground beef sliders:
And chorizo sliders:
As if that wasn’t enough food to choose from, there were also a variety of fries: cajun, lemon pepper, and garlic parmesan, just to name a few!
The selection of meat and fries was enough to impress me, but the thing that really sealed the deal for this girl? The condiment table!
Holy freaking moly.
There were the usual suspects – ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles – but there were also some pretty unique offerings that caught my eye.
Roasted red pepper compote:
Sweet and spicy mayo:
And my new favorite thing: pickled jalapenos.
These were so tasty! They were sweet and spicy, and I wanted to steal that little bowl and eat all of them, but then my sister would have to answer questions about her weird food-blogging sister that stole the bowl of jalapenos, and I didn’t want to do that to her. The thought did cross my mind, though! Just kidding. Kind of.
I ended up going with a duck slider (topped with bacon and pickled jalapenos), a chorizo slider (topped with grilled pineapple and pear chutney), and cajun fries.
Oh, and a side of BBQ sauce!
To this day, it is still my all-time favorite condiment, even after the great rib debacle challenge of 2012, where I consumed so many ribs (10 restaurants in 5 weeks!) that I still feel a little queasy when I even think about ribs. I’ll get over it soon, I promise.
Back to the food. Everything was super delicious. The duck burger was flavorful and tasty, and I loved my chorizo burger! The addition of the pineapple and pear chutney was not something I would typically go for – I normally don’t do fruit on my burgers! – but it worked REALLY well.
And the fries! Oh, the fries.
I’m a little disappointed in myself for only eating two sliders, but it’s probably because I loaded up half my plate with these delicious little things. Completely worth it!
All in all, it was a super fun event. It was fun to hang with my sis and meet some of her classmates. Everyone was so nice! I guess I would be too if I was surrounded by delicious food all day!
Thanks again to the little sis for inviting me to this event, and thanks to the Culinary Institute for allowing me to take half a million pictures of everything.
See you next week!