Culinary School: A Bit of News

http://sargeantstudios.net/?p=779 July 8, 2010

I have a lot of good intentions. I would like to one day have a very large garden. Maybe I’ll even wear a sun hat while I tend to it. I would like to return to painting. I would very much like children one day when I am not too busy to remember to bathe or feed them (I hear these things foster a happier childhood). I would also like to work in a restaurant kitchen.

I say this with an implied drum roll because somehow recently the clouds opened up and opportunity knocked and I did not ignore the sound but rather jumped and clapped and invited opportunity in for breakfast. After summer ends I’ll be taking my first restaurant job under a chef who (whether she knows it or not) has been my greatest cooking influence. Am I belaboring this point? I’ll be working at Nectar Restaurant under Julie Francis.

If you’re not familiar, I profiled her a few months ago and Nectar has been in Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Ten Restaurants for many years running.

I’ll still be working as a designer during the day and I’ll still be going to culinary school and I’ll still be here writing this blog. But part-time, at least for a while, I’ll be sweeping or cutting carrots or doing whatever else I’m asked to do. As I told a roomful of clamoring culinary students not too long ago, I’m just here riding this wave, and I’ll see where it takes me.

I’m honored, I’m excited, I’m half-crazy and I wanted to share this news with you because many of you have come along with me for the ride. Thank you for that, by the way. Your comments, your emails and your personal feedback have all been really meaningful to me.

Visit Nectar when you can, I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

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5chw4r7z July 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

Congrats!
How exciting!

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kellyhudson July 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm

@Epiventures Congrats – what an opportunity! I love Nectar. :)

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GoMariaGo July 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm

@Epiventures how exciting! Wow, you are going to be crazy busy!

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kendurbin July 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm

@Epiventures congrats!

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Cincinnati Bites July 8, 2010 at 7:23 am

That’s exciting news. Congratulations and good luck!

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Nathan July 8, 2010 at 7:28 am

(claps) Bravo!

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Sara July 8, 2010 at 7:30 am

Happy, happy! So well-deserved – and you will do fabulously!

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Intuitive Eggplant July 8, 2010 at 7:32 am

Congratulations! What exciting news and what a fantastic opportunity!

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Lauren July 8, 2010 at 7:40 am

What great news! The next time I eat at Nectar, I’ll be paying a little more attention to the carrots! ;)

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Rainie July 8, 2010 at 7:43 am

Congratulations! This is one of the best decisions Nectar ever made. =]

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Anna Hogan July 8, 2010 at 7:46 am

Wow wow wow this is awesome! I am so happy for you…and a bit jealous as well :) Can’t wait to get to Nectar.

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MegT July 8, 2010 at 7:58 am

Congratulations! It sounds like Sara and I will need to be having dinner at Nectar very soon!

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Jen July 8, 2010 at 8:11 am

That’s just great news! Congrats!

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Small Girl July 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

Congrats!!!
Best of luck with everything! [=

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Todd July 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

Congratulations. I am very happy for you, and a little bit jealous. Isn’t it great when things work out? Guess we will need to have dinner at Nectar soon. Best of luck.

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simpleton001 July 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

@Epiventures Congrats! 25 million to start a Dining Streetcar. Way to go!

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Courtney July 8, 2010 at 10:45 am

Oh please do come visit, each of you, and thank you, thank you!

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Gavin DeVore Leonard July 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Congratulations Courtney! That’s exciting news! We’ve been impressed with Nectar the times we’ve been, and really appreciate the commitment to local ingredients.

Best of luck!

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emefem July 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm

congratulations! but whatever you do please keep writing too!

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Courtney July 9, 2010 at 5:58 am

I will! Thanks!

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Nancy July 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Congratulations! I have never eaten there, but will definitely try it now!

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Barb July 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm

That’s wonderful! Congratulations!

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Brad July 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

W00t! Well done Court! I’m so impressed. You’re, like, one of those people who actually PURSUE their dreams. People I only read about. Now I know one!

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dc July 12, 2010 at 8:46 am

A brilliant match. You get a creative, passionate, and hands-on teacher in Julie Francis; she gets a bright, curious, and hardworking apprentice. Julie has also recently become a dedicated yoga student, so perhaps some kitchen Down Dog breaks are on your educational horizon. :)

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Courtney July 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

Thank you. If she can manage to teach me cooking and balance I’ll pay her, not the other way around.

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