Culinary students go creative for Cinco de Mayo
Gourmets get to grade the gravy

Culinary students held the first of three “prix fixe” dinners on May 5. The meal featured Mexican cuisine in honor of the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

Commonly pronounced “pre-fix,” a prix fixe is a multi-course dinner sold at a set price with little or no choice of entrée. Prix fixe means “fixed price.” Tickets were $18 apiece.

The dinners are one of the final projects of the culinary arts class. Patrons were asked to grade the students and make comments on each course. Half of the students’ final grade comes from the diners’ comments.

The culinary students ‘next five course meal will be served on May 19, featuring Hawaiian fare, with the final meal consisting of Italian food served on June 2. Tickets for these meals will also cost $18 with similar diner grading opportunities.

This is the fourth year in a row the culinary students have produced such an event.

At each dinner a vegetarian option will be available as well as a hosted bar with beer and wine.

All dinners include an appetizer, a salad, a palate cleanser, an entrée and a dessert.

Tickets are on sale at for $18 apiece. Reservations are required.

Service for all prix fixe meals begins at 6 p.m. in the dining room of the Campus Center.

For more information, contact Chris VanDyke at 541-440-7658 or the café at 541-440-4696.

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