Culinary Students at MCC to Run Restaurant

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 31, 2011 | Go to article overview

Culinary Students at MCC to Run Restaurant


Byline: Elena Ferrarin eferrarin@dailyherald.com

When executive chef Thomas Kaltenecker was hired to lead McHenry County College's culinary management certificate program, he knew his long-term goal was to create a student-run restaurant.

"I was planning in five to 10 years to start this, but it all happened a little faster than anticipated," said Kaltenecker, who started at the college about 1 1/2 years ago.

Instead, Sl[sz]inte, the college's new student-run restaurant, will open to the public on Tuesday, offering a menu of eclectic cuisine with an eye toward local ingredients.

The word, "sl[sz]inte," is a Scottish toast that means "to good health."

Kaltenecker, a native of Austria who ran the culinary program for Robert Morris University and worked as a part-time hospitality instructor for Elgin Community College, said McHenry County College officials were very supportive of efforts to create a top-notch culinary program.

The college's new associate degree in culinary management is expected to be accredited in a couple of months, in order to officially kick off this fall, he said.

The restaurant will be open Monday and Tuesday evenings in the college's employee dining room. It will feature a menu of 16 items, including entrees like prosciutto-stuffed tenderloin with a pork-lime reduction, margarita salmon marinated in tequila, and chicken baked in tomatillo sauce, Kaltenecker said. …

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