It’s a scene not often witnessed at Our Place: waiters and waitresses dressed in impeccable black and white while delivering savoury meals to the tables of Greater Victoria’s homeless and impoverished.
But on Wednesday, March 16, that is exactly what will happen when 26 first-year students of Camosun College’s Hospitality Management Training Program bring a touch of fine dining to the area’s most vulnerable citizens.
Students and their instructors will organize, prepare and execute a two-course, table-served meal for approximately 500 guests as the first applied introduction to their Integrated Restaurant Management course.
“Just because you’re homeless or living in poverty doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the experience of a gourmet meal served with elegance,” said Our Place Executive Director Don Evans.
“The hospitality students get to practice their skills, learn more about giving back, and it’s a real treat for our family members.”
The special menu includes: maple brined pork loin with spiced apple chutney and roasted garlic mashed potatoes – plus ginger cake with fresh vanilla bean crème anglaise for dessert.
Students will deliver table service, complete with all the amenities one expects from a fine dining experience.
“This is our sixth year partnering with Our Place, and it’s a relationship we value greatly. Serving this special meal affords our Hospitality Management Business students the opportunity to explore innovative ways to create partnerships, build relationships, and give back to the community,” said David Armstrong, program leader for Camosun’s Hospitality Management.
“You can talk about social responsibility, but it isn’t real until you experience the very tangible results of participating in some form of community service.”
Event: Camosun College’s Hospitality Management Training Program
When: Wed., March 16, 2016, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Our Place Society, 919 Pandora Ave, Victoria