NANAIMO, B.C. — To celebrate the approaching Christmas season, Vancouver Island University (VIU) Culinary Arts and Hospitality students are hosting a Seasonal Soireé on December 1 in the main cafeteria of the Nanaimo Campus.
The Seasonal Soireé will showcase a unique menu made and served by VIU Culinary and Hospitality students, as well as live entertainment in a festive setting.
“The whole night is going to be really focused on the food and service,” says Debbie Shore, chair of VIU’s Culinary Arts programs. “We’ve got an impressive menu lined up, from our canapé reception, to a three-course plated dinner, to a dessert buffet.”
The event is an important part of the students’ curriculum. Students practice three different styles of serving food — stations, a plated service and a buffet service — and put together a range of fine dining menu items, from lobster bisque shots, to a house-made charcuterie plate and salmon-and-sturgeon roulade with prawn mousse.
“It really solidifies all the classroom learning we’ve done — it’s a practical and real application of that knowledge,” says Max Goering, a first-year Culinary Arts student. “To prepare for the event, we’ve been learning how to make up a menu with harmonious flavours, colours and textures, and practicing different presentation styles. It’s going to be a great event for the students as much as our guests.”
The Seasonal Soireé starts at 6 p.m. in the Upper Cafeteria (Building 300) at VIU’s Nanaimo Campus.