CRYSTAL LAKE – Slàinte, McHenry County College’s student-managed restaurant, will reopen for the spring semester Feb. 10.
This season’s menu includes seared spice-rubbed duck breast with apples, seasonal greens and apple cider vinaigrette; Maine lobster purse with Americaine sauce; herb-crusted roast rack of lamb and roesti potato; and pan seared pork tenderloin with Andouille sausage gravy and bread pudding.
For dessert, selections include Linzer torte with chocolate sauce and crème Anglaise; New York Style cheesecake; and homemade mini-doughnuts served with ganache.
According to MCC’s new executive chef and department chair for Culinary Management, Chef Paul Tinaglia, students in McHenry County College’s Culinary Management program learn the skills needed for a range of job opportunities in the food and hospitality fields.
With a strong focus on sustainable and hands-on practice, students learn preparation, handling, sanitation and safety. In addition to standard coursework, students gain real-world experience at Slàinte, where they produce high-end dishes, focusing both on quality and presentation.
Slàinte is designed to both educate students and delight customers, Tinaglia said.
“My vision as a chef and educator is the integrity of the food, the use of local farmers, sustainability, strong foundation in food service and management,” he said.
Slàinte is a Scottish and Irish toast that means “to good health” which is the philosophy embraced through the restaurant’s emphasis on integrity of food, sustainable ingredients and a delicious diversity of dishes, Tinaglia noted.
Tinaglia was a chef instructor at Kendall College for 15 years where he taught culinary classes, served as executive chef for Kendall’s fine-dining restaurant and showcased Kendall College in the Meals on Wheels Benefits for seven years in Delaware and the British Virgin Islands. He’s also been a corporate chef and was executive chef at Courtright’s, a four-star restaurant in Willow Springs.
Restaurant hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday through April 22. Seating capacity is 60, and reservations are suggested. Price per dinner is $25 and includes an appetizer, soup or salad, a main course and a dessert.
The restaurant is located in the MCC Scot Room, Building B, Room 178, behind the cafeteria. The College is located at 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake. For menu details, online reservations and information, visit www.mchenry.edu/slainte.