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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 26, 2014

Dietetic students offer international fare at Friday Night Café events

By Jennifer Kirk, media relations assistant

Friday Night Cafe
The third flood of Northwest's Administration Building will be transformed for Friday Night Cafés, hosted by dietetics and food service management majors. Students are again preparing this fall for a series of four cafe nights.

The third flood of Northwest's Administration Building will be transformed for Friday Night Cafés, hosted by dietetics and food service management majors. Students are again preparing this fall for a series of four cafe nights.

Dietetic and food service management students will host four Friday Night Café events this fall, serving up guests with internationally inspired meals and décor.

The themes for the café nights include Ireland on Oct. 31, Caribbean on Nov. 7, Egypt on Nov. 14 and Thailand on Nov. 21. Meals are served from 5 to 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Administration building.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 years old and younger, and are available at the Student Services Center located on the first floor of the Administration Building, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1. Seating is limited to 50 guests per evening.

Friday Night Café satisfies the lab requirement for students enrolled in Northwest’s quantity foods course, taught by Nutrition and Dietetics Instructor Karen From.

“We are very excited about the four Friday Night Cafés we are able to offer this year,” From said. “The students are working diligently to make sure they serve a quality meal and to offer our patrons a memorable experience.”

Each aspect of the evening – including the theme, menu selection, pricing and décor – is prepared by teams of students.

“As future dietitians, one of the main areas we could possibly be working in is food service,” said Stephanie Mannix, a senior dietetics major from Elkhorn, Neb. “This class, as well as these cafés, are designed to help us learn vital techniques and procedures that will help us succeed in our future in the food service industry.”

Classroom lectures and hands-on experiences connected to programs such as Friday Night Café allow students to have a true educational experience. 

“The Friday Night Cafés are our last chance, as senior students, to prove that we are ready for the real-world as a R.D. (registered dietician),” said Rachel Peterson, a senior biology/psychology major and nutrition minor from Corning, Iowa.

From said the students are working hard, and they are eager to show off their skills to the Northwest community.

“Our program is blessed to have such a loyal Northwest alumni, current faculty, staff, students and community members who support the efforts of the quantity foods dietetic students by attending one or even all of the Friday Night Cafés with a joyous spirit,” From said.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468