Lorain County Community College’s student-run restaurant reopens in spring semester with a new name – Sage & Seed – but with the same commitment to providing a sophisticated dining experience for its patrons.
Formerly known as the Rathskeller, the restaurant allows culinary students to showcase a locally-sourced menu. The sit-down full service restaurant is located inside the Ben and Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center on LCCC’s campus.
The concept highlights the idea of “sage,” the wisdom of teachers and the community’s past, and “seed,” the new beginnings for those in LCCC’s culinary program. Seasoned chefs share their wisdom and lead students through their capstone project in the on-site commercial kitchen through food preparation and serving.
Fresh produce isn’t new to the LCCC campus. Part of the new restraint name stems from the original use of the campus grounds. LCCC nursing professor Hope Moon’s great grandparents’ vegetable farm originally made up a major part of the land that years later was repurposed as the home to the state’s first permanent community college campus in 1966.
“When my grandparents were approached, my grandmother, who was a school teacher, was very pleased at the opportunity because she fostered the value of an education in all of her grandchildren,” Moon said. Today she is excited to see the fresh local food tradition live on through the next generation.
The new name is part of a rebranding of the culinary institute. In addition to the current degree and certificate programs many other offerings are geared toward businesses, industry and entrepreneurs, as well as the general public looking for fun culinary experiences.
“We are eager for community members to gather here and to share meals made with product from local growers,” said Culinary Program Chef Adam Schmith.
Culinary students not only prepare meals for the restaurant, but also participate in national competitions, all less than thirty miles from Cleveland’s restaurant hotbed.
The spring semester Sage & Seed restaurant runs from January 30 through May 2, 2018. The restaurant will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-7:30 p.m. For reservations call (440) 366-7007.
The LCCC culinary arts program covers food-service management, purchasing, human resources, food and beverage management and more. A short-term certificate and an associate degree are offered. For more information, visit http://www.lorainccc.edu/culinary.