It was a fund raiser and as that it was ok, except that without tables, standup or sit down, it was very difficult to balance a drink and flimsy paper dishes without spilling.
I've been to events at Carriage House before. This was the City of Gastronomy event. When we got inside, there were no seats or even bistro tables. Think about it--you have a plate of food and a beverage in your hands and need to cut the pork adobo with the side of your fork--how is that supposed to happen? I complained, and the staff provided a dozen chairs in our little corner of the room. It wasn't long before there were chairs everywhere! Also, of the 4 promised dishes, only 3 were served; an unpleasant pork belly was served instead. The advertising promised several cocktails and "non-alcholic beverages." When I asked the bartender, he said the non-alcoholic beverage was water. Really! Again, I complained, and the staff found several Cokes and Diet Cokes.
The waitstaff worked really hard--I hope they got paid accordingly. But for $40 a person, not the quality experience I expected.
This was a special event at a special events venue. It is not open on a daily basis.
Overall, we enjoyed the venue and the food presentations, but have a few suggestions for future events. First, let the public know that this is not a sit-down meal, but rather a tasting and you will be standing. Our confirmation stated that we were confirmed for a table for two. Secondly, when you’re pouring a glass of wine, give the customer at least a half glass, and not in a stemmed plastic glass where the stem falls off. And last of all, since many of your customers were older, have some/ more chairs and a few small tables set around for convenience. It’s awkward juggling a drink and a plate of food with no where to sit or a place to put your plate other than the floor. These are not criticisms, simply suggestions.
We were led to believe it was seating at tables — but this wasn't the case. We asked for chairs as my friend with foot injury in a boot couldn't stand the whole time. It was awkward trying to hold a drink and food, and then also eat (where's my 3rd arm/hand)?
Other than the above, the event was well run, the food was wonderful, would do it again in a heartbeat! loved meeting and talking with the chefs.
We attended the Gastronomy chef's meal creation samples from the countries each chef attended. The food was delicious but the seating and lack of tables wasn't a very comfortable dining experience. There were too many people for the occasion. It would have been better to do two evenings with fewer people at each event.
We went to a fundraiser/dinner here, with several chefs from downtown Tucson doing the cooking. It was fun to see what they would all come up with for the event and it was all sooo good. We will come to this event again next year!
Great fun--the Lebanese cuisine showed me that lamb could be delicious; my partner was surprised by beets. Great presentation.
Cooking presentation was a fantastic experience! The chefs were amazing. The service was excellent.
I took a cooking class -excellent food and service!
The class was more for beginners-I was hoping to learn and see more advanced techniques /tips being used. I've taken other cooking classes and the exciting part is learning something new.