Café Eckles, the MU student run restaurant, isn’t just any ordinary restaurant — it is part of the hospitality management curriculum.
“We have really good food and you can even student charge it!” said Emma Faist, a senior hospitality management major.
Faist experienced her first year at Café Eckles last year.
“Café Eckles is definitely good for the hospitality management students because it’s very hands on,” Faist said. “You can sit and read about recipe conversions all day but until you actually do it, you don’t really have that experience.”
This Missouri Method experience (made famous by the Missouri School of Journalism) allows students to learn hands-on in every position in a restaurant such as the host, waiter and cook. Every week, they rotate positions to acquire new skills. Before students can start working, they go through two to three weeks of training on the service and menu.
Leslie Jett, academic advising chair and executive chef, said he has a big responsibility supervising and teaching the students, but he is not the mastermind behind the development of the menu.
“The students go through a phase of recipe development every year,” Jett said. “So they decide what the menu will be.”
Students also learn life skills while attending this class.
“You learn teamwork skills by having to work together and to run a service for others,” Faist said.
Café Eckles serves lunch Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. The café also offers an “Evening Series” on scheduled Tuesday nights.
Seniors run the evening series as their capstone class. The series dinners are elegantly themed dinners. This year’s dinners will feature dishes from Italy, the Mediterranean, Greece and Spain.
Café Eckles opened this semester on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Eckles Hall. To see the new Fall 2013 menu go to culinarycafe.missouri.edu. You can also “like” their Facebook page, Culinary Café—The Café at Eckles, for additional information and updates.