Thursday, November 7, 2013

Culinary Experience

Each autumn the 5 ladies in our family celebrate our birthdays together…not  that our actual birthdays are the same date, but it’s just what we have decided to do.

Yesterday was the day….we picked a special restaurant for lunch….Red River College’s Culinary Institute, now located in the Union building, the former Royal Bank location. This college has turned out some very successful chefs, and the restaurant is the training center for hospitality and food preparation.

For me, the food was not the major attraction. When I was 18,  I worked across the street from this building, right next door to City Hall. After 6 months with the company I was with, I was so delighted when I was offered a position in the accounting department, which incidentally became my much loved life work. Every day I would run across the street to deposit our daily cash. I loved that bank!..the ornate ceilings, the marble counters, the wrought iron cages…all of it!

So to see the renovated building as a restaurant was intriguing , and I appreciated the way the old features were incorporated.

Wrought iron cages used as dividers:

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Those gorgeous ceilings:

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The open food prep area behind the marble counters:

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My next posting will have photos of the food.

6 comments:

ellen b. said...

Oh that is a gorgeous building interior! Love it.

Pamela Gordon said...

That is a beautiful building! The old banks and office buildings from the 1900's are so nice with their molded plaster ceilings, pillars, marble etc. I guess they are too expensive to build that way today. It's nice to see this old bank converted to a restaurant. They did that with the old CIBC in downtown Fredericton and also the old York County jail and courthouse.

Lorrie said...

They sure don't build banks like that these days. Such wonderful architecture. I'm glad the restaurant utilized the bank cages and other elements in their space.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is gorgeous, Millie, and Happy Fall Birthday to you and the other ladies!

xo

Sheila

Cindy said...

Oh my, I will have to find an excuse to go into that building! It is very beautiful and certainly picture worthy. Thank you for bring that to my attention, just one question though, where is it, the address that is.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a great idea!! There are many buidings like this locally and it would be great for someone to do something like this here!
Thanks so much for your visit!!

Hugs,Deb