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WKU Student-Led Dining Experience

Hello WKU Community,

The foodservice operations management class in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program will be preparing and serving luncheons, restaurant-style, for faculty and staff on five Thursdays during the Fall 2023 semester:

  • October 19th (Italian Favorites)
  • October 26th (Flavors of Fall)
  • November 2nd (Cajun Seafood)
  • November 9th (Tortillas, Tortillas, Tortillas)
  • November 16th (Thanksgiving)


The students in the class write the menus, select recipes, prepare the meals, as well as manage and direct the entire operation for this capstone course. Please scroll down to see the menus below.


The Thursday luncheons will be a full-service meal. Prices range from $14.00 to $15.00 depending on the menu - tipping is not allowed as this is a laboratory course for college credit. The meals will be served in the Micatrotto Dining Room, Academic Complex Room 213 (AC-213) - you are welcome to arrive anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tickets will be limited to the first 50. Due to the required evaluation of the meals, we will not offer "to go" or take-out meals.


How to purchase tickets:

Interested faculty and staff must purchase a ticket in advance. Tickets will be sold in the Department of Applied Human Sciences (AHS) office (AC-302F) during normal business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm) beginning on the Thursday the week before each meal. There is a limit of 6 tickets per person. Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit cards, so please bring cash or check to purchase tickets.


Please note that calling the AHS office does not constitute a reservation. We cannot reserve a ticket. We encourage purchasing tickets as a group or table: one person can come and purchase tickets for up to 6 people. Tickets generally sell out rather quickly. Tickets are not refundable, and cannot be transferred to a different meal, but can be given to another person.


We appreciate your support of our program and our students!



Thursday, October 19th

Tickets on Sale at 8 AM Thursday, October 12th in AC 302 F - $14

Italian Favorites

Eggplant Caponata

Roasted eggplant, sun-ripened tomatoes, onions, peppers, olives, and capers delicately seasoned with fresh herbs on a toasted baguette.

Italian Salad

Crisp romaine, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese and croutons with fresh herb vinaigrette.

Beef Lasagna

Pasta, Italian cheeses, and a rich beef and tomato sauce layered together into a classic lasagna made in house. Served with balsamic glazed roasted Brussel sprouts and Rosemary Focaccia bread.

Italian Cream Cake

Rich coconut and pecan infused layer cake filled with a smooth cream cheese frosting and finished with toasted pecans and coconut.



Thursday October 26th

Tickets on Sale at 8 AM Thursday, October 19th in AC 302 F - $14

Flavors of Fall

Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad with a Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

Fresh kale salad with crisp apple slices, crunchy candied pecans, bacon bits, dried cranberries, and a sweet and tangy apple cider vinaigrette.

Sweet Potato Soup

A velvety sweet potato soup, lightly spiced and complimented with a drizzle of coconut milk.

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

Seasoned chicken breast stuffed with spinach, artichokes and three cheeses. Served with saffron risotto and roasted lemon-garlic broccoli.

Pecan Pie with Bourbon Crunch Vanilla Ice Cream

Buttery Bourbon Pecan pie topped with rich bourbon crunch vanilla ice cream.



Thursday, November 2nd

Tickets on Sale at 8 AM Thursday, October 26th in AC 302 F  - $15 

Cajun Seafood

House made Crab Cakes

Pan Fried Crab cakes served with house made lemon tartar sauce and a zippy remoulade.

Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad topped with seasoned croutons and homemade Caesar dressing.

(no raw egg)

Blackened Tilapia

Blackened Tilapia with grilled shrimp and topped with a Cajun cream sauce.  Served with smokey Southern collard greens, New Orleans inspired red beans & rice.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel

Buttery bread pudding drizzled with house made Four Roses Bourbon caramel sauce!

Hurricane Mocktail

Passionfruit punch with a hint of lime.



Thursday, November 9th

Tickets on Sale at 8 AM Thursday, November 2nd in AC 302 F  - $14

Tortillas, Tortillas, Tortillas

Chips and Dip

Classic combination of guacamole and Pico de Gallo served with warm corn tortilla chips.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tender shredded chicken, black beans, sweet corn, fire roasted tomatoes, green chiles, kickin’ poblanos, in an aromatic broth, topped with crispy tortilla strips.

Birria Tacos (Slow cooked beef)

Corn tortillas filled with slow-roasted beef, smokey guajillo chile sauce, and Oaxacan cheese, grilled to perfection and topped with a lime crème. Served with fluffy cilantro rice, smokey black beans, and lime vinaigrette coleslaw.

Tres Leches

An ultra-light sponge cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture with a hint of rum and topped with fresh whipped cream.



Thursday, November 16th

Tickets on Sale at 8 AM Thursday, November 9th in AC 302 F  - $15

Our Thanksgiving Meal!

Cranberry Brie Bites with Baby Mixed Greens

Savory Brie in a flaky pastry with zesty cranberry sauce and paired with a light mixed greens salad tossed in a tangy vinaigrette.

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Tender oven roasted turkey breast in a rich velvety gravy, accompanied by maple sweet potatoes, orange cranberry sauce, Swiss cheese scalloped potatoes, Southern green beans with bacon, and an Italian sausage and apple stuffing.

Pumpkin Pie

House made pumpkin pie topped with a bourbon whipped cream and candied pecans.



All meals will be served with Water, Iced Tea, and Coffee.



Accreditations achieved within the Applied Human Sciences Department

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Nutrition & Dietetic Undergraduate and Graduate programs

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Interior Design program


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 Last Modified 10/6/23