LA CROSSE, Wis., Jan. 12, 2017 - Western Technical College’s student-run restaurant is open for business. The Union Bistro, located on the first floor of the Kumm Center, 400 6th St. N., La Crosse, is open to the public on Thursdays from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. throughout the spring semester beginning on Jan. 19.
The eatery is run by Culinary Management and Food Production Specialist students and gives them an opportunity to experience the different aspects of operating a restaurant. The students learn everything from running the cash register to preparing and serving the meals.
The restaurant theme this term will change every week. An upscale diner, an Italian ristorante, and a French bistro are just some of the weekly themes that will show up. Some menus will be based on popular international and American regional street food and small plates concepts. Menu items will include past favorites like Beer Cheese Soup, Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese, and Grasshopper Pie as well as new items such as Bulgogi Tacos and Lasagna Bolognese.
Entrees range from $6.00 to $9.00 and starters, small plates, and desserts range from $3.00 to $5.00.
Restaurant reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling Deb Klug at 608-785-9215 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the restaurant, the students also take part in running a bakery. Bakery items will be sold in the Union Bakery, Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-Noon (unless sold out earlier) starting on Jan. 27. The bakery is also open to the public.
“The purpose of the student restaurant is twofold,” explains Margaret Ninneman, Food Production Specialist instructor at Western. “For the first-year students in the front of the house, it provides a learning environment that allows them to get their feet wet and see the food service industry from the inside. For the second-year students in the back of the house, it brings everything together – costing, menu design, sanitation, work systems, production, and timing. The restaurant is the culmination of their courses and learning here at Western. It is a time for them to shine!”
To learn more about Western’s Culinary Management and Food Production Specialist programs or additional programs and services, please call 608-785-9200