A Note From the Editor in Chief: We're introducing a new section today called "The Good Life." One aspiration of being successful in any field, including investing and finance, is enjoying the finer things that life has to offer -- the ultimate vacation, a great new car, a truly fabulous bottle of wine, a lavish golf course -- at a price that won't break you.With "The Good Life," we'll give you specific suggestions of the finer things to enjoy and the places to shop to get them. In our debut columns, Aaron Task checks out the delicious and tempting course offerings at the California Culinary Academy, and Eric Gillin reports on how to
An even better strategy is to save room for dessert. Whether you're into pies, cakes, torts, cookies, bread pudding, pastries, petitis fours or truffles, there's an astounding array of options -- it's a bacchanalian delight for someone with a serious sweet tooth. Employing tremendous restraint, I opted for the bread pudding with chocolate sauce, which bordered on orgasmic, and a (thin) slice of pecan pie.
CCA plans to open a second teaching facility in San Francisco next fall, with the hopes of doubling its enrollment within three to four years. Because Career Education Corp. does not break down results for its individual schools, CCA president Barry Gordon declined to provide specific data on the academy's current enrollment or its revenue. He did say enrollments, and thus revenues, have been "trending up on a quarter-over-quarter basis" since the acquisition in 2000. The growth has partially been aided by the postbubble wave of layoffs in the Bay area, which prompted some former dot-commers to contemplate careers in a fast-growing industry with tangible products and face little threat from outsourcing. Students at the academy choose one of three tracts: culinary arts, baking and pastry, or hospitality and management. The programs range in duration from seven to 15 months, and tuitions range from $20,000 to $43,000. Those wanting just a taste of the curriculum can take Saturday classes for $175 per class, or an "essentials series" of five classes for $625. But perhaps the best deal of all awaits those just wanting to taste the academy's edible offerings.