COD Students Creating Culinary Delights for Lunch, Dinner and the Market
By Jordyn Holliday
Students in College of DuPage’s Culinary Arts program are creating fresh culinary cuisines this spring in Waterleaf and the Culinary Market.
Waterleaf, located in the college's Culinary & Hospitality Center, offers real-life training to Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Restaurant Management students. Guests can experience students' service and creativity now through May 3.
Lunch seatings for the Regional American Cuisine menu are at 11:15, 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays through May 3, while dinner seatings are at 7 and 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 30. Featured fare this spring is Pacific Northwest, now through Feb. 22; Rocky Mountains, Feb. 26 to March 15; American South, March 19 to April 12; and California, April 16 to May 3. The cost is $17 for lunch and dinner, and menus can be viewed here.
Students in the International Cuisine class take guests on a gastronomic tour of the world with recipes celebrating the seasons and using the freshest ingredients. Dinners start at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 27 (North Africa), March 13 (Italy), April 10 (Peru) and April 24. The menus can be viewed here and the cost is $45.
Also in Waterleaf, advanced culinary students in the Contemporary Cuisine class prepare and serve a multi-course meal. Seatings are at 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m., and dinners are on Thursdays, Feb. 14, 21 and 28; March 14 and 21; April 11 and 18; and May 2. Menus do change and can be viewed here. Dinners can be ordered a la carte, as a five-course meal for $50, or as a five-course meal with wine pairings for $60.
The Culinary Market sells items made by students and will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Feb. 27 to April 30. The menu at the Culinary Market changes daily and is tied to the curriculum of several classes.
Also at the Culinary Market, the Fast-Casual class operates a quick-serve concept where patrons can purchase breakfast and lunch items at the counter and then grab a table in Wheat Cafe. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb. 26 to March 12 and April 9 to May 1. The menus can viewed here.
Dedicated dining parking can be found by the entrance to the Culinary & Hospitality Center. Reservations for lunches and dinners are available through opentable.com/. For more information, visit www.cod.edu/programs/culinary/wheat_cafe.
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