For diners, it´s a great midweek deal: Special two-course meals that aren´t on the regular menu at the Columbia City Hotel, served at a very attractive price.
For the students in Columbia College´s contemporary cuisine class, it´s the opportunity to plan, prepare and serve their own menu in a three-star restaurant.
Students and diners come together every Wednesday and Thursday at the City Hotel in Columbia State Historical Park for special student-designed and prepared meals. The cuisine is gourmet, the menu is priced at $13.50 per person, and the program runs though November 11. City Hotel guests can, of course, order off the regular menu as well if they choose to do so.
“It gives students the opportunity to practice what they´ve learned in a real kitchen,” said Tom Bender, the City Hotel general manager and an instructor at Columbia College. “Not only are our students in the kitchen, other hospitality management students are working in the dining room and waiting on tables.”
The menu changes every week, and is different on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students rotate as chef d´ cuisine on these evenings and are responsible for the menu design, costing ingredients, and organizing their student staff.
Bender considers it as great real-world experience for the students. “It´s also an opportunity for students to come out into the dining room and be critiqued by the guests to see how their service was viewed by their customers,” he said.
The special student menu is served from 5 to 7 p.m. and reservations are recommended.
On Nov. 17 to 21, Columbia College students will be planning four-course meals based on the recipes and styles of Julia Child.
Call 532-1479 for reservations or to check the new menu for the week.