New College Lanarkshire’s training restaurant MLOne is set to host a series of themed dining events over the coming months.
Seven special menus have been planned and created by 13 students of HND Hospitality Management and HND Professional Cookery courses.
And their inspiration comes from subjects as diverse as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Rabbie Burns and Barbie.
Students work in pairs to choose a theme, with one assuming the role of Head Chef and the other Front of House Manager.
They must then plan the food, drinks, staffing, entertainment and decorations to accompany their event, which forms a significant part of their coursework.
Work is overseen by chef lecturer Dougal MacPherson, who finished joint-third in Scottish Chef of the Year in 2015, and lecturer Carol Atterson, who supervises front of house.
Carol Atterson said: “The students have a brainstorming session to determine their chosen themes, although they usually start thinking about it during their HNC the previous year!
“The whole event is planned form start to finish by the students, which means they must demonstrate their ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of people, manage their time, ensure the smooth running of the event and, of course, achieve customer satisfaction.
“The students also critically evaluate their own performance at the end of the event, as well as analysing the customer and peer feedback.
“They benefit enormously from the themed events, as this is exactly the kind of job role they will be undertaking upon completion of their HND and degree to begin their career in the hospitality industry.”
MLOne’s season of Themed Events starts tomorrow (Jan 19) with a Barbie Extravaganza Afternoon Tea at 4pm, priced £8 per person.
It continues with a spellbinding Black Magic Afternoon Tea (Feb 2, 4pm, £8pp); a contemporary take on a Burns Supper in ‘Not Your Usual’ Burns Supper (Feb 16, 7pm, £15.95pp); a Westeros-inspired feast in A Song of Fire & Ice (March 2, 7pm, £14.95pp); and a Hogwarts-themed experience in a Harry Potter Afternoon Tea (Mar 16, 4pm, £8pp).
The programme’s final two events are a toe-tapping 50s American Diner (Mar 30, 5pm, £12.50pp) followed by an authentic taste of Southern Italy (Apr 27, 5pm, £12.50pp).
To book, email Iain.Coull@nclan.ac.uk or call 01698 232214. A non-refundable £5 deposit is required.
Last year’s popular events by students included a Parisienne high tea and a Murder Mystery pre-theatre.
View the calendar of Themed Events for 2017 here: