Dining at the Culinary Arts Center

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!

Open Kitchen Meals

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

Reservations will be accepted starting February 12, 2019.

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.

We are no longer able to accommodate beer, wine or spirits at Open Kitchen Meals and other non-Foundation sponsored on campus events. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Open Kitchen Luncheons

Luncheons begin at 12:00 p.m. and are $10 per person.

March 5, 2019

Classical French Onion Soup
Spinach Salad with Vinaigrette
Roast Pork Loin with Date and Gorgonzola Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables with Herbs
Assorted Cakes

March 27, 2019

Japanese and Korean selections from the International Foods class
(Menu available soon)

April 16, 2019

Creamy Potato Leek Soup and Bread
Roasted Beet Salad with Gorgonzola
Trout Meuniere
Bulgar Pilaf with  Lemon and Steamed Broccoli
House Mousse

May 1, 2019

French selections from the International Foods slass
(Menu available soon)

May 14, 2019 

Please join us for Grazing Day as our students use their creativity to prepare a selection of items that will stimulate your taste buds.  There are no reservations for this lunch.  First come, first served and pay at the door.  The cost per person is $8.00, payable at the door.


Open Kitchen Dinners

Dinners begin at 7:00 p.m. and are $15 per person.

February 19, 2019

Cream of Broccoli Soup with Bread
Garden Salad
London Broil with Fruit Salsa
Oven Roasted Root Vegetables and Baked Potato
Bread Pudding

March 5, 2019

Classical French Onion Soup
Spinach Salad with Vinaigrette
Roast Pork Loin with Date and Gorgonzola Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables with Herbs
Assorted Cakes

March 26, 2019

Southwestern Corn and Tomato Soup with Bread
Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad
Pan-Smoked Salmon Filet
Rice Pilaf and Orange-Scented Spinach
Carrot Cake

April 3, 2019

Menu selections from the Buffet Catering Class  (available soon)

April 16, 2019

Creamy Potato Leek Soup and Bread
Roasted Beet Salad with Gorgonzola
Trout Meuniere
Bulgar Pilaf with  Lemon and Steamed Broccoli
House Mousse


Make Your Reservations

Reservations will be accepted starting February 12, 2019

Menus are subject to change.

Guests should be aware that meal service is an educational exercise and not a real restaurant situation; as such, the culinary art’s department does not have the capability of providing “take out” or “doggy bags.”

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.