Dining at the Culinary Arts Center

Open Kitchen Menus and Classical Gourmet Dinner

Our culinary students are cooking, and the kitchen's open to the public! Join us at the MCC Culinary Arts Center for luncheons and dinners featuring a full-course menu of tantalizing, classic dishes. While our student "chefs-in-training" will wow you with their culinary skills, our wait staff of culinary arts and hospitality students will provide you with superior table service. We invite you to join our students as they learn and you enjoy a relaxing and delicious meal!

Reservations for Open Kitchen Meals

We are offering several opportunities to dine with us! Reservations are required for all meals.  Please see the menus and dates below; additional information appears at the bottom of the page after the menus.

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Open Kitchen Luncheons

Luncheons begin at 12:00 p.m. and are $8 per person

September 19 – Foods of Mexico

Corn Soup, Beef and Potato empanadas
Chicken Enchiladas, Refried Beans, Rice a la Mexicana
Pastel de Tres Leches

October 24 – Foods of China

Ginger Dumpling Soup
Fried Crab Rangoon
Chinese Mango Beef, Jasmine Rice and Bok Choy
Almond Cookie with Coconut Ice Cream

November 2        

Chicken Vegetable Soup
Spinach Salad, Cooked Dressing
Freshly-baked Bread
Blanquette of Lamb
Pappradelle, Green Peas

November 7 – Foods of Greece and Turkey

Egg and Lemon Soup with Greek Salad and Falafel
Hummus with Pita Bread and Dolmades
Lamb Kebab with Grilled Tomatoes and Vegetables
Baklava, Greek Yogurt and Orange Segments

November 9

Arugula Citrus Fennel salad
Freshly-baked Bread
Chicken Chasseur, Ancient Grains, Carrots Vichy

November 21

Potato Leek Soup
Tomato and Avocado Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette
Freshly-baked Bread
Trout Meuniere, Rice Pilaf, Sautéed Spinach

November 21 – Foods of France

Carrot Soup
Provencal Vegetable Tart
Roasted Duck Leg with Cherry Sauce
Braised Peas and Onions, Scalloped Potatoes
Apple Tart

November 30 

Butternut Squash Soup
Fall Apple Salad
Freshly-baked Bread
Roast Stuffed Pork Loin, Date and Gorgonzola Stuffing
Potatoes O’Brien, Brussels Sprouts

December 7     

Mushroom Barley Soup
Mixed Green Salad, French dressing
Beef Stew in a Bread Bowl
Steamed Broccoli

Open Kitchen Dinners

Dinners begin at 7:00 p.m. and are $12 per person

October 10

South American Buffet

November 28

French Onion Soup, Arugula and Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Artisan Bread
Smoked Beef Brisket with Pickled Onions, Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa
Grilled Asparagus or Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Farro and Roasted Tomatoes or Pureed Cauliflower

Tuesday, December 5 
Russian Gourmet Dinner
Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and is $75 per person

Join us for a lavish Russian-style service and dinner prepared by MCC’s award-winning Culinary Arts students. The menu features a seven-course gourmet meal and paired beverages.

House-cured Gravlax and Caviar, and Classical Accompaniments
Creamy Roasted Beet Borscht
Short Rib of Beef Stroganoff Pelmini, Puree of Butternut Squash with Sour Cream
Vodka Lemon Drop Sorbet
Pan-seared Halibut with Gin-scented Dill Caper Butter
Fennel Mashed Potato. Hungarian-style Braised Red Cabbage
Faberge Egg and Tender Greens
Winter Root Vegetables and Sweet Pea Vinaigrette
Russian-style Bird’s Milk Cake
Berry Coulis and Tea Cookie

For more information about the Gourmet Dinner, email cstafford@manchestercc.edu or make your reservation at http://bit.ly/2dYQxJFAll proceeds from the Gourmet Dinner benefit Hospitality student clubs and competition teams.

Make Your Reservations Today!

Additional Information

Menus are subject to change.

Reservations must be paid in full at least two weeks in advance of the meal; payment is required at the time of the reservation. For credit card payments, please call 860-512-3648; for cash or check payments, please visit the Bursar’s office, Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

For additional information, please call 860-512-3648.