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Slainte Re-Opens Feb. 16 with Beer, Wine Service

[Monday, February 13, 2017]

McHenry County College culinary students are busy fine tuning their recipes for Slainte (pronounced “SLAHN-cha”), the college’s student-run restaurant. Slainte will re-open to the public for the spring semester on Thursday, Feb. 16. Restaurant hours are 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 3.

Slainte will offer limited beer and wine service for the first time during restaurant operation hours.

“We are very excited to offer this important aspect of hospitality service training to our students,” said Chef Tina Drzal, culinary management program chair. “This program puts us on par with other culinary schools and will allow us to develop a future hospitality management program.”

According to Drzal, Slainte is more than a restaurant -- it’s the college’s spring capstone class in the culinary degree program. Slàinte will continue the theme of classic comfort food with a modern twist. In celebration of MCC’s 50 year anniversary, several retro recipes will be offered such as steak Diane, chicken angelica, and a dessert dubbed Strawberry Fields Forever. Other menu items will include a barramundi fish fillet with mango chutney, lemon pistachio cheesecake and a rotation of items from the advanced pastry classes.

For the beer and wine service, Drzal worked with Andy Andresky, formerly of 1776 restaurant, to develop the beer and wine list.

“It has been an honor to have Andy’s input and guidance in developing this part of our program,” Drzal said. “He has been a strong advocate for our program and a member of our advisory board.”

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