By Robert Duprey/ Staff Writer
Photos by Joshua Miller
The V building restaurant, named “The Long Beach City College Bistro”, and Bakery originally to open the week of Sept. 7 has been delayed due to construction and equipment delivery issues and will open the week of Sept 16.
The Department now includes 7 State of the Art kitchens for training and restaurant use, a conveyer belt in the bakery, 4 bread ovens, 2 pastry ovens for cookies, muffins, and Croissants. Bakery will have both Savory and Sweet items and its own Espresso bar.
The restaurants menu, to be announced every two weeks, will have a health consciousness, Lots of greens and Salads, including herbs from the Departments own on site herb garden.
Chef Louise Mounce, age 42, 3 year culinary student, said, “I have never worked in a restaurant before, I am excited to have my friends taste my food”.
When talking about all the equipment, Mounce said, “Learning how to use the new equipment has been an adventure, lots of fun”.
Expect a fine dining, three course, and sit down restaurant experience run by up to 20 last year Culinary Arts students. Each student will learn to work each position in the restaurant including everything in front and back of the house. The menu is chosen by the students and approved by their professor every two weeks.
Chef Pierre Jues, head of the Culinary Arts Department said, “I am excited, this is a new opportunity for the students of the Culinary Department to get work experience. I am interested to see the student’s response to the restaurant and bakery in compare to the Cafeteria.” Jeannette Chism age 51, 3 year Culinary student said,” Unless you work with a great professor with great guidelines you will not be well prepared for this industry. I follow Chef Haley guidelines constantly.” No tips are allowed however donations to LBCC Culinary Department are accepted.
Diners should make reservations although walks ups will be accepted if seating allows.
Meals will be $ 15 dollars and menu will open with California Seasonal Cuisine.
The restaurant and bakery will be open M-W weekly from 10am-1:30pm