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Q?: Research info on 5-course meal

ValleyCreek Jan 24, 2011 08:18 AM

Hey All,
I am a culinary student. I need to write a very simple paper about a subject of my choosing. I've chosen to write about a classic 5-course meal. I'm actually having difficulty finding substantive information about this. My instructor will not allow wikipedia as a source. What I've found the most from are Ask.Com or similar wiki type sites. I don't trust their sources and I really haven't found a reputable culinary source. A lot of my fellow students don't know about this classic meal. I'm trying to present what the courses are, why they come in that order, how this formal structure came to be. I am not finding this information online very easily. I'll head to the library. Any suggestions online or otherwise?

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    Brad Ballinger RE: ValleyCreek Jan 24, 2011 08:22 AM


    That's seven. You can combine fish/meat and just make it entree. You can omit cheese.

    Also, there's probably a better board for this discussion than the Minneapolis-St. Paul board.

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      semanticantics RE: Brad Ballinger Jan 24, 2011 08:31 AM

      Try contacting Chef Klein at Meritage in St. Paul via their websites contact page. He was nice enough to answer some questions I had about joining the industry, at some length too.

      410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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        ValleyCreek RE: semanticantics Jan 26, 2011 06:54 PM

        Thanks to you both for the super quick responses. My Chef at work has a library of culinary texts in his office. I'll start there.

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      NicoleFriedman RE: ValleyCreek Jan 27, 2011 02:45 AM

      There are numerous books on food in history and food anthropology. You can combine the history of the 5 course meal with a modern chef's perspective, unless your prof wants your paper done in a more specific way. I miss school!!! Enjoy it while you can:)

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        ValleyCreek RE: NicoleFriedman Jan 28, 2011 07:26 AM

        Thanks Nicole,
        I haven't had the chance to get to a good library, so I'm sure to find what I need there; and thanks for the tack on a modern chef's perspective. I am having fun with it, yes, while I can. This is my final semester.

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        FitMom4Life RE: ValleyCreek Jan 27, 2011 09:14 AM


        Check out that menu. I have NO idea what the heck a "digestive" course is.


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          boredough RE: FitMom4Life Jan 27, 2011 09:36 AM

          A "digestive" course would be an entremets or intermezzo, otherwise known as palate-cleanser. Often it's a flavored granita or fruit sorbet.

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            ValleyCreek RE: FitMom4Life Jan 28, 2011 07:41 AM

            The Conde Nast article on etiquette was another helpful point, the small formalities behind this meal.

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