About Our Lunch and Dinner Events
Welcome to our classroom! Tapping into the expertise of our faculty chefs, our Culinary Arts and Hospitality students produce a series of Special Events throughout each semester. Our faculty members bring the flavors of Long Island’s best restaurants, along with their experience from around the world, right here into our kitchens. Our students are guided through the production and service of world-class cuisine and welcome guests into their classroom to take a taste!
By attending our Lunch and Dinner events, you are participating in the education of tomorrow’s restaurant professionals. Students will manage all aspects of your meal – often playing a specific role for the very first time! At each event, you will see students from classes like Dining Room Management, Baking, Plated Desserts, Culture & Cuisine, and Garde Manger.
Since our events are learning experiences, there are a few ways that we are different from a typical, for-profit restaurant. We take a limited number of reservations for each event. This helps ensure that students are able to provide the high quality food and service that our guests have come to expect; it can, however, mean that getting reservations can be difficult, so call early. Serving many small tables gives students more opportunity to practice running an à la carte dining service. For this reason, only one large table (maximum of 6) can be accommodated at each event and we are not set up to accommodate large groups.
Menus vary by event to expose students to a variety of ingredients and cooking styles. Each semester, we offer a series of three-course menus focusing on American Regional, French, and European / Italian cuisine. Since wines and beverages are a critical part of our industry, local wine, beer or cider tastings are served at dinners to help students learn about food pairing and wine service; mocktails are available at lunches. Students rotate through a number of work stations in both the dining room and the kitchens, so they are facing new challenges at every event.
We encourage you to ask students questions, offer suggestions through the instructor, and fill out a comment card at the end of your meal! Please note that despite their hard work, individual students are not permitted to accept gratuities; if you choose to leave a gratuity, your gift benefits students by helping fund the activities of our Culinary & Baking and Hotel Clubs.
Lunch and Dinner Event dates and Reservation information is below.
Contact us for menus, reservations, or to be added to our Special Events email list: (631) 548-3700 or Culinary@sunysuffolk.edu
Fall 2019 Culinary Center Special Events Calendar
Lunches: 12:00, 12:15, 12:30
Thursday, October 10
Thursday, October 31
Thursday, November 21
Price: $25 per person (3 course meal, inclusive non-alcoholic beverages only)
Dinners: 6:00, 6:15, 6:30
Wednesday, October 2
Wednesday, November 6
Wednesday, December 4 (Buffet-style event)
Price: $30 per person (3 course meal, including non-alcoholic beverages)
$40 per person (3 course meal, including craft beer or wine tasting - to be announced)
We accept cash or check (made out to Suffolk County Community College) only upon arrival.
The following policies help ensure a great learning experience for the students, as well as an enjoyable experience for our Suffolk County Community College Culinary & Hospitality Center guests. Thanks for your understanding.
- Please try to stick to your reservation time – it helps our students time your meal properly!
- Dinner is served at 6:00, 6:15, and 6:30 p.m.
- Lunch is served at 12:00, 12:15, and 12:30 p.m.
- Reservations are mandatory and can be made by calling and leaving a message on our reservation line at (631) 548-3701 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Leaving a message does NOT guarantee you a reservation. You will receive a return call confirming or declining your request.
- If you must cancel, we appreciate a timely notice – this allows us to fill the dining room and keep our students hopping!
- Reservations are limited to six (6) or fewer guests and only one reservation per person per date is allowed. This helps ensure as much experience with service and meal timing as possible.
- The dining experience generally takes a minimum of 90 minutes for proper service and preparation of the food.
We hope you will join us at a Lunch or Dinner soon! Thanks for helping educate the Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry and Hotel & Resort Management students of Suffolk County Community College.
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and Hospitality Center
20 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 451-4414
Fax: (631) 451-4415
Bakery Hours for February 8 – May 6, 2021
Open Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(Closed: 2/15, 3/2)
The bakery is open, however, dining in is not available at this time.