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Northwest students studying dietetics, nutrition and food service management annually host Friday Night Cafés, featuring internationally inspired meals and décor. This year's menu's feature Nepalese and South Korean cuisine. (Northwest Missouri State University photos)

Northwest students studying dietetics, nutrition and food service management annually host Friday Night Cafés, featuring internationally inspired meals and décor. This year's menu's feature Nepalese and South Korean cuisine. (Northwest Missouri State University photos)

Oct. 18, 2019

Dietetics students presenting international cuisine at annual Friday Night Café Nov. 8, 15

By Grace Niemeyer, communication assistant

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

 

All aspects of the Friday Night Café – including the theme, menu selection, pricing and décor – are prepared by management teams of Northwest students.

All aspects of the Friday Night Café – including the theme, menu selection, pricing and décor – are prepared by management teams of Northwest students.

Students will host two café nights featuring Nepalese cuisine on Friday, Nov. 8, and South Korean cuisine on Friday, Nov. 15. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and meals are served from 5-6 p.m. on the third floor of the Administration Building.

Tickets are $13 and available to purchase online by clicking here. Seating is limited to 60 guests per evening.

The Nepalese-themed night will include hearty chicken tarkari and tender lamb sekuwa with a variety of salads and sides, including traditional Momo, roti bread, kwati (bean stew) and asparagus bhutuwa. Desserts include kheer pudding, sweet toasted carrot dessert, gulab jamun (donut holes) and brown sugar cake with cream topping.

The menu for South Korea will feature Korean bone beef short ribs and chicken kimchee stew. Salads and sides will include spicy mak kimchi, sweet black bean salad, purple rice, golden rolls, japchae (sweet potato noodles and mixed vegetables) and steamed eggplant. Desserts will include mochi, sweet pancakes, date and nut-filled sweet rice and yakgwa (honey cookies).

Friday Night Café satisfies the lab requirement for students enrolled in Northwest’s quantity foods course and provides an opportunity for them to practice skills in safe and healthy food preparation as well as management, teamwork and organization.

Friday Night Café satisfies the lab requirement for students enrolled in Northwest’s quantity foods course and provides an opportunity for them to practice skills in safe and healthy food preparation as well as management, teamwork and organization.

Rachel Dreher, a senior dietetics major form Springfield, Missouri, is on the South Korea team and said Friday Night Café teaches essential management skills.

Megan Clark, a senior on the Nepal team, added that the focus of the café program is to design authentic events and explore different cultures.

“Anyone who comes needs to be ready to experience new things,” Dreher said. 

Friday Night Café satisfies the lab requirement for students enrolled in Northwest’s quantity foods course, taught by Karen From, a senior instructor of nutrition and dietetics.

“It is very much a hands-on course with me facilitating their efforts,” From said. “They are challenged to critically think through the whole process, and they enjoy getting to know their classmates even more closely.”

Each management team is divided into three committees, which are responsible for setting up and decorating the café; grocery shopping, costing and budgeting; and marketing. 

All aspects of the evening – including the theme, menu selection, pricing and décor – are prepared by management teams of students. The experience allows them to practice skills in safe and healthy food preparation as well as management, teamwork, organization, budgeting, crisis management and gathering feedback.

For more information about Northwest’s Foods and Nutrition: Dietetics program, click here.

Media contact:

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