Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Longer Days Equal Longer Hours at 50 Forks

The student-run restaurant of The Art Institute of California – Orange County, 50 Forks, is open for lunch and dinner this spring and has introduced several new menu items.

The popular Cobb salad is still available during lunch but regular customers are encouraged to try the new Red fish dish served with blood orange, fennel beech mushrooms and rissole potatoes. The new lemon curd tart is a refreshing finish for lunch.

Regular lunch customers and first-timers will be surprised by the variety offered in the dinner menu. A sample three course meal could include: spring pea soup to start; a main course of braised chicken with vegetable jardinière, Israeli couscous and sweet corn mascarpone sauce; and chocolate chip bread pudding to wrap up the meal.

“There are not many fine dining restaurants that can offer diners three-course meals for under $25,” said Culinary Academic Director Chef Daniel Mattos. “In addition to enjoying a nice meal, guests are able to help the students gain valuable experience.”

50 Forks is a final passage prior to graduation for senior-level culinary students. Before their education is considered complete, culinary arts students are required to run all facets of a fully-operational restaurant. The restaurant is under the direction of two professional chef instructors.

“Lunch is served Monday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and dinner is served Wednesday-Friday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The restaurant accommodates more than 50 guests in a casual, stylish setting within The Art Institute located at 3601 W. Sunflower Avenue in Santa Ana. Reservations are highly recommended. To reserve your table, call 714.429.0918.

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