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Student-Run Dining at Waterleaf

Waterleaf, located in the college's Culinary & Hospitality Center, is a dining experience that offers real-life training to Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Restaurant Management students. Patrons will experience students' culinary creativity, utilizing fresh regional and seasonal ingredients. Guests will also appreciate the students' attentive service.

Limited seating is available at each event. Reservations may be made until an event is sold out. For reservations, visit or call (630) 942-2284.

View our Reservation page for more information.  

Fall 2019 Schedule and Menus

Regional American Cuisine Lunches

Enjoy fresh, seasonal, regional American food prepared and served by students in Culinary & Pastry Arts and Service classes. This semester will kick off on September 4 with our American South menu. We will be featuring the Central Plains, Pacific Northwest, and New England regions in upcoming menus. See the link below for details!

Lunches available Wednesday and Thursday with seatings at 11:15, 11:30, or 11:45 a.m.
$17 per person (Includes 8.25% tax)

View the Fall Regional American Cuisine Menus

International Cuisine Dinners

This semester our students will be working with guest chefs John Coletta, Executive Chef of Quartino in Chicago and Tommy Michel, Executive Chef of Two Brothers Brewing.  Chef Coletta will be preparing an Early Autumn Italian Celebration.  If you're a beer aficionado, join us for Chef Tommy's seasonal menu with beer pairings from Two Brothers.  Our own Chef Susan Maddox will be offering guests a menu of fall French fare.  You'll receive attentive service from our students as you enjoy the view in the beautiful Waterleaf dining room.

Open select Wednesdays this fall beginning September 25th at 7 p.m.
$45 per person (Includes 8.25% tax)

View the Fall International Cuisine Menus

Contemporary à la Carte Cuisine Dinners

Enjoy an evening of fine food prepared and served by advanced culinary students in beautiful Waterleaf dining room. Choose the prix fixe multi-course menu which includes wine pairings or select specific dishes with the new a la carte option. Wines available by the bottle or glass.

Open select Thursdays this spring with seatings at 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.
Prix Fix Menu - $60 per person (Includes 8.25% tax)
À la carte options priced as indicated on menu

View the Fall Contemporary à la Carte Cuisine Menus