Culinary students serve up exquisite lunch value

EMCC culinary students prepare food
EMCC culinary students prepare food

AVONDALE, Arizona – January 21, 2014Regions, Estrella Mountain Community College’s (EMCC)  academically-focused restaurant, re-opens Wednesday, January 29th for the spring 2014 semester.

Open to the public, individual guests and groups are invited to enjoy lunch prepared by students enrolled in the Culinary Institute, training for careers in professional food service. The restaurant serves only on Wednesdays and Fridays 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 an exquisite lunch at a very affordable price. The cost for the three-course meal is $11.00, which includes tax, and features creative cuisines with an array of dessert selections. All revenues from Regions are invested directly back into the program.

“Regions is an extension of our culinary classroom,” said Steve Griffiths, program director. “The students enjoy applying their knowledge and skills in a real restaurant environment, and the community enjoys supporting the students. It’s a culinary win-win.”

Lunch service begins at 11:30 a.m. with the last seating at noon. Reservations are required and can be made at or 623-935-8396.

Regions is a college-operated restaurant where students enrolled in the Culinary Studies program have the opportunity to practice their culinary talents. It provides students with the skills, creativity and confidence for careers in professional kitchens and the food and beverage 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. Certificates of Completion are offered in the areas of Baking and Pastry and Culinary Studies.

For community members who would like to develop their own culinary talents, the Culinary program is also offering Community Education courses this spring on the EMCC campus. The individual classes are open to the public and are low-cost, non-credit, short courses for the fun of learning. To more information, go the Community Education website or call 623-935-8888.

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Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the 11 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. EMCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 14,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. Classes are also offered online and at EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, located in downtown Buckeye, Ariz.