Today's Groupon stuffs you with mouthfuls of savory coursework and sweet extra credit from the chef-scholars at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts. You'll get four mouthwatering courses from the JNA Institute's student-operated restaurant for $15, a $25 value. Enjoy attentive service and palate-pleasing plates in a casual atmosphere, instead of self-service Lean Pockets in front of your television, any Tuesday through Friday evening. For each elegantly presented course, you’ll get to choose from three to five options from JNA's seasonally rotating menu. Go now for a robust Italian dinner, or head to JNA at the start of the New Year for its four-course French menu.
The current menu offers a flavorful array of traditional Italian fare, full of expert sauces and al dente delights. Start off with two crostini—one topped with wild mushrooms and truffle oil, the other with artichoke and white beans—or the fresh soup of the day. For the pasta course, try tender gnocchi in your choice of robust beef ragu or cherry tomatoes, basil, and parmesan. If you like your pasta in noodle form, feast on the pappardelle with a traditional meat sauce and herb ricotta or the linguini with seafood in a white wine broth.
The pork loin with red onion and port demi-glace or pan-roasted tilapia with polenta and tomato-olive sauce are tender meat entrees, and the layered eggplant parmesan and tomatoes kissed by the oven is a filling option for vegetarian diners. For dessert, indulge in a fig and walnut tart with port syrup or cover a civilization in gooey chocolate with the eruptive Vesuvius chocolate cake.
Though student chefs may not have the same experience as professionals, their fresh perspective and passion invigorates their menu with creative twists and strong fundamentals. You may not remember how to find the area of a square triangle, but a young student of geometry can do it in an instant. Likewise, because the culinary artists of the future are deeply ingrained in their studies, they demonstrate exceptional technique and avoid falling into a boring routine—think of them as a warm, buttered Honor Roll.
- We have been here several times - we try to go whenever they offer a new menu (seasonally), and have never been disappointed with the food. – OpenTable Diner who dined on 10/30/2009
- The room where the dinner is served is charming in a kitschy way: you will never see a room decorated quite that way anywhere else! Service was excellent. – OpenTable Diner who dined on 10/29/2009
- What a great experience! It is among one of the best deals (good food, nonintrusive service and VERY reasonable price ($25 for 3 courses)) I have experienced. And we helped the next generation of chefs! – OpenTable Diner who dined on 9/24/2009
Top of Their Class
Sometimes, the most seemingly impossible obstacles are overcome by students (think the X-Men, or that new Star Trek movie). These ambitious, unjaded individuals have a can-do attitude and something to prove. Making you dinner is really among the most effortless of their accomplishments. What else have the students of JNA been up to in their off-hours as J.N.A.: The Justice Now Allegiance?
- Safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River before selflessly passing credit on to Captain Chesley Sullenberger “for being so brave.”
- Went back in time to make sure the Titanic hit an iceberg, thus preventing the America-conquering Napoleon Junior from ever being born.
- Prepared a lovely red cabbage gazpacho before bringing out a licorice-poached salmon with artichokes and an inspired vanilla mayonnaise, all for a dog that looked sad.
- Beat up a volcano.
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JNA Institute of Culinary Arts
Whether pursuing a life as a professional cook or a behind-the-scenes mover in culinary arts and restaurant management, the students at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts have honed their craft with professionalism and skill for more than 20 years. Students learn real-world lessons in a demanding professional setting, from running a kitchen to pleasing food critics with menus sung in four-part harmony. JNA shows off the fruits of these labors at its onsite restaurant, where the food is both prepared and served by students. The restaurant boasts a seasonal menu, gracing plates with items that have ranged from housemade gelato to cornmeal-dusted scallops.
1212 S Broad St
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