faculty member and alumnus Rick Harber was invited to be a support executive chef for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s event, “From Garden to French
Table – A Gala Tribute to Daniel Boulud.”
Over 330 meals were served during the signature event, which took place on November 6, 2019, at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh and honored one of the world’s finest chefs, Daniel Boulud.
Chef Boulud is a native of Lyon, France, and is chef-owner of multiple Michelin-starred restaurants located throughout the world, including Singapore, London, Canada, and the United States. He has 10 restaurants in New York City alone, with the best-known
being Daniel, which has been awarded two Michelin stars for 2020.
The concept for Garden to French Table “arose from the desire to connect people to the plants around them through food" and supports
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and its mission to “inspire people to value plants, garden design, and the natural world” through regional plant collections, display gardens, and
educational and conservation programs.
In addition to his teaching assignments at the Academy of Culinary Arts, Harber has assisted award-winning executive chef Keith Coughenour with several special events at the Duquesne Club. He also coordinates a student field trip to the club giving the students an opportunity to meet Chef Coughenour, tour the club, and envision some
of the professional opportunities available to them in the future.