EMCC’s Regions restaurant opens for Spring 2013 semester

student chefs preparing culinary delights
student chefs preparing culinary delights

AVONDALE, Arizona – Regions, Estrella Mountain Community College’s (EMCC) student-operated restaurant, re-opens Friday, January 25 for the spring 2013 semester. Open to the public, individual guests and groups are invited to enjoy lunch prepared by students chefs enrolled in the Culinary program. The restaurant serves on Wednesdays and Friday and is located in Komatke Hall, building C, on the EMCC campus, 3000 North Dysart Road in Avondale.

Regions has developed a favorable following and reputation for serving a delectable lunch at a very affordable price. The cost for the three-course meal is $9.95, plus tax, and features creative cuisines with an array of dessert selections. All revenues from Regions are invested directly back into the program. Cash and all major credit cards accepted.

“The menus are often gourmet and something you would expect from a fine restaurant,” says Lisa Vanbendegom, EMCC Culinary Lab Technician. “They are skillfully planned and prepared by our advanced students, right here in our learning kitchens. It’s a real dining experience and a community favorite.”

This spring semester, Regions has changed their menu to provide a choice of service and flavors. On Wednesdays, they will be serving an international menu with waited table service. On Fridays, a buffet lunch will be offered with several main course options, plus the customary salad, artisan bread, and dessert.

Service begins at 11:30 a.m. with the last seating at noon. Reservations are required and should be made at least one week by email at [email protected], or call 623-935-8396.

Regions is a college-operated restaurant where students enrolled in the Culinary Studies program have the opportunity to present their culinary talents. It provides students with the skills, creativity and confidence for careers in professional kitchens and the food and beverage (F&B) industry. Through classroom and kitchen-lab learning, students are exposed to varied American and international cuisines, and baking and pastry arts.

EMCC offers an Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree in Culinary Studies, which is also transferrable to Northern Arizona University’s bachelor’s degree program in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Plus, Certificates of Completion are offered in the areas of Baking and Pastry, and Culinary Studies.