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March 22, 2013

Warrior Showcase highlights RLC culinary skills

INA — Rend Lake College Culinary Arts is hosting its first-ever Warrior Showcase through May 10 in the RLC Student Center.

The Warrior Showcase is a thorough, hands-on experience being introduced to students in the popular program at the college in Ina.

The Warrior Showcase will run like a restaurant. Rend Lake’s learning lab facilities make it possible with a bi-level kitchen and complete dining room. Students work in all roles, from executive chef, sous chef and more in the kitchen, preparing dishes from appetizers to desserts; to Matre D’, server and runner, overseeing the front of the house and making sure customers have a great dining experience.

“These are students in our Banquet and Dining Room Management and Restaurant Operations classes,” said RLC Culinary Arts Lead Instructor Robert Wilson. “Their training up to this point has prepared them for this test and I can’t wait to share the experience with them.”

Wilson and fellow faculty members Jeff Fairbanks, Brad Stout and Nicole Black will supervise the students and identify training moments along the way.

“The college has offered community members a wonderful fine dining series in years past,” Wilson said. “The Warrior Showcase takes that one step further as students take the order from the floor to the kitchen and it is then prepared for the customer. This is the complete experience in operating a restaurant. Our students managed a budget to prepare this menu that I think will gratify a wide range of patrons.”

Guests will choose from three appetizers, four soup and salads, seven entrees, six sides and four desserts.

The Warrior Showcase is open Wednesday through Friday through May 10, but will be closed for Good Friday. To make a reservation, call 437-5321, ext. 1714.

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