Lorain County Community College’s student-run restaurant reopens for spring semester Tuesday, January 30 with a new name – Sage & Seed – but with the same commitment to providing a sophisticated dining experience for its patrons.
Formerly known as the Rathskeller, the restaurant allows culinary arts students to showcase a locally-sourced menu to the public. The sit-down full service restaurant is located inside the Ben and Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center on LCCC’s campus. Students are responsible for every aspect of the restaurant including the front of house, kitchen and even the business side of managing the restaurant. Some of the highlights from the new menu include flatbreads, goat cheese fondue, lobster nachos, beet carpaccio, pan roasted duck breast, Lorain County farm raised tilapia and more.
The concept highlights the idea of “sage,” the wisdom of teachers and the community’s past, and “seed,” the new beginnings for those in the LCCC culinary program. Seasoned chefs share their knowledge and skills as they lead students through their capstone project in the on-site commercial kitchen through food preparation and serving.
“We are eager for community members to gather at Northern Ohio’s culinary arts epicenter and to share meals made with product from local growers,” said Culinary Program Director Chef Adam Schmith.
Part of the new restaurant name stems from the original use of the campus grounds. LCCC Dean of Health and Wellness Sciences Hope Moon’s great grandparents’ vegetable farm originally made up a major part of the land that years later was repurposed as the home to the state’s first permanent community college campus in 1966.
“When my grandparents were approached, my grandmother, who was a school teacher, was very pleased at the opportunity because she fostered the value of an education in all of her grandchildren,” she said. Today she is excited to see the fresh local food tradition live on through the next generation.
Culinary students not only prepare food for the restaurant, but also participate in national competitions, all less than thirty miles from Cleveland’s restaurant hotbed. The LCCC culinary arts program covers food-service management, purchasing, human resources, food and beverage management and more. Students can earn short-term certificates or associate degrees. For more information, visit www.lorainccc.edu/culinary.
In addition to the current degree and certificate programs many other offerings are geared toward businesses, industry and entrepreneurs, as well as the general public looking for fun culinary experiences. Classes include those in wine tasting, sausage-making, holiday cookie baking and more.
Sage & Seed will be open to the public from 5-7:30 p.m., every Tuesday and Wednesday starting Tuesday, January 30 through Wednesday, May 2 (except March 13 and 14 during spring break). In lieu of tipping, guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to LCCC’s Commodore Cupboard. Commodore Cupboard provides emergency food assistance to LCCC students. The most-needed items for the Cupboard include peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruit, canned soups and rice or pasta. Fore more information, visit www.lorainccc.edu/sageandseed. For dinner reservations call (440) 366-7007.