UFV Culinary Arts students round out their repertoire with Rivers Dining Room

UFV Culinary Arts students are broadening their cooking repertoire with a new initiative at UFV.  They’ve already mastered lunch-time fare; now they’re looking to hone their fine dining skills.
Next week, Rivers Dining Room will be opening its doors to the public for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday nights through to May.

Located at UFV’s Trades and Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack, 5579 Tyson Rd, the restaurant is launching on Tuesday, Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day.

All of the meals will be prepared by UFV’s Culinary Arts cooks-in-training, who currently take on the daily task of feeding hundreds of fellow students in the Trades and Technical Centre cafeteria. (The public is also welcome to drop in for lunch.)

“We want our students to get a really wide range of cooking experience, and offering gourmet prix fixe dinner menus a couple of nights a week will round out their repertoire,” said UFV culinary arts instructor Bruce Corbeil.

The 18 students have experience in standard cafeteria items like made-from-scratch burgers, pizzas, bacon and eggs, grilled cheese, and soup, as well as more adventurous fare such as linguine with creamy shrimp sauce, roasted pork loin with apple sauce, roast beef, quiche, orange ginger chicken, and beef and cashew chop suey.

When it comes to Rivers, the students will not only be gaining first-hand experience facing a dinner rush, they will also be working with Corbeil to learn to prepare fancier fare. The first week’s menu includes a choice of appetizers, including Qualicum Bay scallops and shrimp with cream cheese and spinach filling. Entrees range from chicken cordon bleu to planked salmon, rounded out with a dessert selection of chocolate mousse and black forest cake.

Each week, the menu is a prix fixe four-course meal for $25. The first two evenings, UFV’s Alumni Commemorative Wines by Bounty Cellars will be available. Seatings are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with reservations recommended.

For more on the Rivers dining experience, and the menu, visit www.ufv.ca/rivers . The menu will change weekly so come back often to check it out.   Call 604-847-5404 or email rivers@ufv.ca to reserve your spot.




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One Response to UFV Culinary Arts students round out their repertoire with Rivers Dining Room

  1. Kim Duncan March 15, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Hi there! I run the gift shop and restaurant at the Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills. We are looking for someone to cook for us and this may be a perfect spot for one/two of your students. We basically need someone when they get out of school this spring until they go back in September. We can limp along before and after!

    Our menu is quite simple. We basically do wonderful soup and sandwiches. Salads and desserts. It is a homemade, country type of feel. We do not deep fry anything! But we are always looking for new ideas to add to the special of the day or even to the menu.

    We would start at $12/hr and see how things go from there. We also pay 10% of the tips to the kitchen. We figure if the food is great the people will tip better!

    Please let me know if anyone is interested….or……if I should have posted this somewhere else!!

    Thank you!

    Kim Duncan
    Kilby Restaurant