March 17, 2014
Crab Louie Salad
Lamb Loin Chops
Porcini Crusted Pork Chop
While these culinary delights may seem as though they would only be found at the country’s finest four-star restaurants, they are actually right here in Bakersfield at the county’s largest community college.
Bakersfield College’s Renegade Room is serving these feasts for the body and soul on Tuesday and Thursday nights, as well as Wednesday lunches.
Prepared by students in Bakersfield College’s Culinary Arts Department under the skilled tutelage of chefs Pat Coyle and Suzanne Durst, guests of the Renegade Room can enjoy fine dining cuisine at home-cooked prices.
The Renegade Room restaurant offers gourmet dinners on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7 p.m. each evening, and lunches on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday evenings feature themed buffets, while meals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are a selection of two to three dishes. The Renegade Room will be open from now through May 8 before closing for the semester.
“Renegade Room patrons become part of the educational process,” Coyle said. “At the beginning of the year, the students appear scared and unsure. By the end of the semester, they are confident in their meal preparation and service techniques. The Renegade Room is a hands-on experience that the classroom can’t teach.”
The Bakersfield College Culinary Arts program offers associate degrees in Food Service Management and Child Nutrition Management, with certificates in Culinary Arts, Child Nutrition Management and Dietetic Services.
The menu is elegant and the experience is one that will be remembered, according to Coyle. Dinners are $12.95 per person, plus tax. Lunches start at $8 per person, plus tax. The atmosphere is relaxed and the dress is casual. The current menu can be viewed online at www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/renegaderoom.
The Renegade Room Restaurant at Bakersfield College is located in the Family and Consumer Education (FACE) Building at Panorama Drive and Mount Vernon Avenue. Free parking is available near the restaurant. The Renegade Room is available for large parties on regular business days and takeout meals are always available. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 395-4441.