Lunch at Russell’s by Trocaire College a Grand Success

BUFFALO, N.Y. -  On November 14 Trocaire College’s hospitality management students held their grand opening of Lunch at Russell’s by Trocaire College.  Brandon Supernault, director of hospitality management at the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business, explained, “Lunch at Russell’s allows our hospitality management students to implement the knowledge they have learned in the classroom into practical dining experience that emphasizes creativity and focuses on providing excellent service to the community.  The students were provided a wonderful opportunity to offer this service in one of the finest restaurants in Western New York - Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More.”

The lunch service, which was open to the public, featured a Seasonal Prix Fixe menu featuring items such as Butternut Squash Soup, a Banh Mi Sandwich, Seafood en Papillote and the famous Trocaire Chicken Pot Pie featuring the college’s logo.

Mark Jerge, general manager of Salvatore’s Grand Hotel said, "This to me was a natural progression for the program. It was a culmination of many great ideas and the students really made it their own. We were ready to jump in and help, but really they had it all handled. I can't wait for next year and this current class has certainly set the mark."

Led by student manager Miranda Morales, Lunch at Russell’s featured both freshman and sophomore students in the Trocaire hospitality management program. Students in the program’s marketing course developed a marketing plan and Facebook page to promote the Seasonal Prix Fixe menu and service.  The Introduction to Food and Beverage students provided the front of the house staff while the Culinary Foundations course served an array of culinary dishes.

Russell J. Salvatore, food critic and owner of Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More, gave the lunch an A+!  "I was very impressed with every aspect of the event. The students felt comfortable and all came across very professional and the food was delicious."