curious re: VCC downtown Vcvr (and any other cooking school where one can eat)
New York chow-poster asked about cheap eats around Granville and Pender and then another loyal Chowperson suggested VCC
i know people who have studied there to become eventual legit chefs (including years ago, a female friend who could not get an apprenticeship because she was / is ---- a female --- interesting story --- in those days, it was HOTEL cheffing - and i think it was CN (in those days that was the Hotel Vanc at 900 Georgia vs Western International -- aka where Howard Hughes stayed)
anyway - curious about how to go about walking in -- are there certain hours, is there certain etiquette -- does one tip? well yes, i'm sure but how much. not sure
we are NOT looking for a "deal" -- we like to support genuine education and the future of genuine food. i think it's fun to be part of the process.
thank you and i look fwd to input as i have always wanted to go to these places and check it out to support the program (not so sure about the VCC hair-cut tho ; ) ... that could be taken wrongly, be assured, i don't mean to detract fr/ their program)
There's also the Culinaria (run by the Art Institute of Vancouver) at the corner of Granville and Pender. It isn't cheap eats - entrees in the $16-20 range, table linens. I had a steak which was very tasty. The service was a little bit slow, but we weren't in a rush so that wasn't really an issue.
JJ's (the downtown VCC restaurant) is like any other restaurant as far as customer etiquette goes. Hey this is Vancouver, you can walk into Bishops with sandals, shorts and a T and you get served (albeit probably get snickered at by some people). I've not eaten at JJ's myself, but my parents and relatives have, and I recall they liked it.
Service may not be all lickity split smooth, but attitude is genuine and effort is earnest (which actually is far better than many "regular" restaurants in town ........).
Can't seem to find a site for JJ's itself, other than their menu:
VCC has had a dining room for ages-since back in another century when I took waiter training there.
Reservations by phone only. Call 604.443.8479.-Lunch seatings are between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Dinner seatings are between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
There's also the place @ the entrance to Granville Island -had mixed results there m'self but many love it