The Center for Hospitality and Sport Management’s Academic Bistro serves as the focal point for the culinary and hospitality programs. Located on the top floor of the University’s Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building, the facility includes three professional kitchens, a full-sized dining room, private dining room and a bar and lounge with an adjoining wine cellar. The facility is also home to the Dennis Gomes Memorial Casino Training Lab.
Students taking courses in hospitality management and culinary arts and science utilize the Academic Bistro to rehearse the skills that will prepare them for a successful career in hospitality and fine dining. In addition to sourcing and preparing a full menu, instructors cover the finances, management, and delegation of staff necessary to run a dining room. Restaurant operations are overseen by Executive Chef Rich Pepino and Paul O'Neill, director of special projects.
During the fall, winter, and spring terms, the restaurant is open to the public on the days service courses are running, providing a delicious meal that demonstrates the students’ creativity, planning, and preparation of food as front of the house expertise such as service techniques and dining room management.
Students prepare all meals from scratch, as much as possible, from sauce stocks to ice cream, using the freshest, highest quality ingredients. No two meals are the same and are guided by the rule of thumb that all must be delicious and visually appealing. Under the guidance of Drexel instructors, students pick a theme and use it as a guide to prepare and market the meal that includes decorating the restaurant to match the culinary theme. An emphasis on health and sustainability drives students to seek ingredients locally, including produce and herbs grown in Drexel’s student-run garden.
The Academic Bistro also hosts culinary demonstrations and events that include top chefs and representatives of the food and hospitality industries from around the country, offering a real-world experience and helping expand networking potential. It is the ultimate showcase for students taking hospitality management and culinary arts courses and a unique opportunity for them to develop the individual and strategic thinking that are key to success in today’s demanding food environment.
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The Academic Bistro accepts cash and Dragon Dollars for lunch service.
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