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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 30, 2016

Dietetic students offer international fare at Friday Night Café events

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.

Northwest Missouri State University students studying dietetics, nutrition and food service management will again host Friday Night Café this fall, serving guests with internationally inspired meals and décor.

Students will offer three café nights featuring Jazzy South with live jazz music on Nov. 4, Pakistan on Nov.18 and Italy on Dec. 2. Meals are served from 5 to 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Administration Building.

Tickets are $12 and available online by clicking here or in the cashiering office located on the first floor of the Administration Building. 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 three 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 management teams of students.

“The Friday Night Cafés give us a chance to work hands-on with food science as we prepare all of the dishes for the customers,” said Liz Penrose, who will work the Pakistan event. “We have to be aware of the hazards and control points that go along with food safety and sanitation to make sure that our dishes are of the best quality. To be able to work hands-on in the food service management side of dietetics is really awesome.”

Participating students say the experience enhances their education in the field and helps them build skills related to teamwork, crisis management and food production.

“We need every individual’s strengths and contributions in order to provide a great experience for every guest in attendance,” said Joel Hamilton, who will help manage the Jazzy South event.

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

“There is such variety of strengths from everyone in the department and this is a night those are allowed to shine through,” said Kate Sloan, who will manage the Italy event. “I love the creativity that is fostered throughout this project. From the menu planning to the food costing and production to the marketing to the decorations – this is our vision coming to life.”


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