Festive fayre dished up by catering students

Catering students at City of Wolverhampton College are gearing up for a seasonal rush as bookings for Christmas meals and orders for festive fruit cakes and mince pies flood in.

Students studying for cookery and hospitality qualifications will be dishing up tasty traditional three-course lunches and evening meals in the college’s Academy restaurant at the Metro One campus in the city centre throughout December, whilst bakery students will be turning out hundreds of cakes and mince pies.

Diners can start their meal with a choice of homemade tomato soup, salmon and prawn rillette, or creamy dolcelatte mushrooms, before tucking-in to roast turkey and all the trimmings, beef bourguignon, plaice Dugléré – fillets of plaice stuffed with tomato in a white wine sauce – or nut and vegetable Wellington. To finish, guests will have a choice of Christmas pudding, lemon and white chocolate pot, a festive sundae of ice cream and chocolate brownie chunks with a liqueur sauce, or cheese and biscuits.

And people wanting to impress their festive visitors can order traditional Christmas cakes packed with sultanas, currants and cherries, soaked in brandy and topped with marzipan and white royal icing, or tasty mince pies in shortcrust pastry bases, bursting with homemade mincemeat and decorated with icing sugar.

Heath Arnfield, curriculum manager for catering at the college, said: “Last year our festive fayre proved so popular that we had over 700 bookings for lunch and dinner and baked over 300 mince pies and 40 Christmas cakes – it was a very busy few weeks but great experience for our students.

“We are anticipating that we will be even busier this year as our central location means people can pick up their cakes and mince pies from the bakery while they are doing their shopping and city centre workers who want to book their office Christmas lunch can walk to the restaurant, whilst its close proximity to the bus station and Metro terminus means that evening diners can treat themselves to a glass of wine with their meal and not have to worry about driving home afterwards.”

The Christmas menu costs £14.95 per person and is available at lunchtimes from Tuesday to Friday and on Thursday evenings from December 1 to 17. Christmas cakes start at £6.99 and mince pies are priced at £1 for six with discounts available for larger orders.

To book a table or order cakes and mince pies contact the Academy on 01902 821353.

Meals will be prepared by students studying for Level 2 and 3 diplomas in professional cookery and served by students studying for a Level 2 diploma in food and beverage service, whilst the cakes and mince pies will be made by those enrolled for Level 2 and 3 diplomas in professional bakery skills – for details of the courses click here

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