PHOTOS: Have a Sneak Peek at Café 91
September 24, 2019 - 02:55 PM
Café 91 is a completely student-run restaurant on the Mt. SAC campus that opens to the public in October. Culinary A.S. students take part in a real world restaurant that doubles as a great place for lunch on campus.
Although Culinary A.S. students are learning to be chefs, they must work "front of house", taking orders, busing tables and seating guests. This gives them a complete education on the running of a restaurant.
Café 91 is scheduled to be open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (last seating 12:45 p.m.) Wednesday through Friday. As such, its menu has an assortment modern lunch cuisine: Pho, Grilled Chicken Satay, Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps and, of course the Burger.
Don't forget the dessert. It's what everyone who has dined there in the trial "soft opening" has been talking about. House-made ice creams can change daily and be the creation of a student.
Presentation is everything at a high-end restaurant, and this is where Culinary A.S. students want to work. Right down to the soup-of-the-day: Corn Chowder.
And guests really seem to enjoy sharing their Café 91 meals on Instagram.
Students learn all aspects of a professional gourmet kitchen at Café 91, including proper staffing. That is a culinary class deep in the background, not Café 91 workers. On this day there was only a staff of six students: three in the kitchen and three front of house.
Although a student may hustle and give great service as a waiter, absolutely no tips will be accepted at Café 91, which should save diners a few dollars.
It may not be the best for the waistline, but the Café 91 Signature Burger is hard to pass up. Many of the lunches come with a choice of fries or house-made potato chips.
Student chefs are taking great pride in their creations already. When dining at Café 91, it should be understood that it is, in fact, a classroom. Each guest will be encouraged to give feedback at the end of their meal to help the students get better and better.
Café 91 is located on the bottom floor of the Business & Computer Technology Building 78. The public may dine at Café 91 when it opens in October. Reservations will be required and the restaurant will only be taking credit card payments.