Theme Dinners at Cafe Laura to begin Oct. 11

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Reservations are now being accepted for fall semester HRIM 430 Theme Dinners at Cafe Laura. Dinners will be held from Oct. 11 to Dec. 8, Tuesday through Thursday. Reservations can be made between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on every half hour. From sweet and savory to hot and spicy, there's sure to be something to spark diners' taste buds. Themes and menus are available at http://www.cafelaura.psu.edu/CafeLaura/Theme-Dinners.cfm online.

To keep up with the trend in fine dining, patrons may bring wine or beer to be consumed with their dinner within the following limits: two 12-ounce beers per person or one 750-milliliter bottle of wine for two people. Alcohol will not be available for sale.

The dinners presented in HRIM 430 are designed to provide a hands-on learning experience for students preparing for career as hospitality managers. Under the guidance of instructors, students are responsible for the planning, marketing, preparation, service and evaluation of the patrons’ dining experience. The course provides students with an opportunity to test their management skills and form their managerial style.

The menus, designed by students, are unique to the particular theme; food is purchased and used for that dinner exclusively. One of the criteria for student’s evaluation is financial responsibility and the number of guests who attend, so it is vital that the forecast for the number of guests is as accurate as possible. Therefore, if a guest cannot honor the reservation, they should cancel it by calling 814-865-1853. This allows students the opportunity to accept another reservation.

Payment methods include MasterCard, Visa, cash, personal checks, meal points and Lion Cash. All tips collected during the meal will be donated back into the School of Hospitality Management and put forth to new uniforms, renovations to Cafe Laura, scholarships, and more. Coming to support this cause will ensure the current and future students’ success within the industry.

Last Updated October 04, 2011