With two very strong community colleges in Lehigh Valley, it should come as no surprise that culinary arts is a curriculum option. But did you know that at Northampton Community College, they actually have a restaurant on site where you can indulge in fine dining while culinary arts students receive hands-on training? It's called Hampton Winds and it's open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner (check their website for hours and reservations).

I recently had lunch at Hampton Winds. I had one of the soup and sandwich specials. The soup was a Montego Bay Lobster Bisque and Crab Chowder duet. This soup combo was artfully presented in a wine glass with the creamy bisque side-by-side the spicy chowder. It was an excellent combination of tastes and textures.

Next I had the Grilled Chicken Breast Milan. It was grilled chicken with fresh spinach, mozzarella, prosciutto and marinated tomatoes on a pepperoni roll. It sure sounded healthy, and it tasted great. The sandwich came with waffle chips, which were crunchy and tasty.

Remember, this is a training restaurant. Don’t be surprised to have more than one server and some creative combination meal options. Time may slip by a bit also, so don't go if you're in a big hurry. But the food is excellent. I can’t wait to have dinner there.

Have you ever eaten at a culinary training restaurant?