Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I'd like to start by saying that I'm sorry this is getting posted so late. I was down in L.A. for the past few days, and I didn't have internet access. Nevertheless, this is my exciting summary of the Columbia dinner at Jardiniere. Well, maybe its not so exciting for the people reading this, but I had a blast; I think that everyone else there did too. I also made sure to take lots of pictures, so you all can be jealous of the great meals we had. Enjoy!

The Columbia cohort as well as our parents and the directors of the ILC all met at the El Cerrito Plaza Bart Station on Thursday. Once everyone was there, we got on the train and rode to San Francisco. On the way there, I got to talk to some Columbia students and graduates, as well as my fellow classmates.

When we got to Jardiniere, I was a little surprised. I expected the place to be a huge grand restaurant, but it was actually quite small. This really didn't matter though, as the atmosphere on the inside completely made up for any lack in size. We were all escorted to a curtained off section with assigned seating. I sat by my father, Aurea Riboroso, Don Gosney, Sue Kahn, who is my principal, and Miguel Castro, a Columbia alumni.

Dinner began with everyone introducing themselves. Ms. Kronenberg spoke to the dinner party and explained who the different groups present were. This was followed by a speeches from Adrianne Ramsey and Morvarid Mehdizedeh, which were each very well presented.

Then, came the food. We were all catered to an excellent four course meal. My personal favorite was the dessert. I got the 'Milky Way,' which was an excellent mix of... well, I don't even know what it was, but it was good. I'd like to mention that the service there was great. I must have had 10 refills for my glass of ginger ale, and I never even had to ask for it.

Overall, it was a great night. I got to enjoy some fine dining, have pleasant conversations and spend a night out in the city. If this is what I can expect during my time in New York, than I should start packing ASAP.
Enjoying the 'Milky Way'