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November-December 2017

OSUIT Culinary School Raises Funds For Pop-Up Restaurant

OSUIT culinary arts students.

Students enrolled in the Contemporary American Restaurant course at OSU Institute of Technology’s School of Culinary Arts worked together in the kitchen and in the classroom on developing a fundraiser to generate a pop-up restaurant for one week in December.

The School of Culinary Arts at OSU Institute of Technology found supporters to help students get some real-world restaurant experience through a fundraiser for a pop-up restaurant on campus.

The project, posted on the OSU Foundation’s crowdsourcing website PhilanthroPete, had the goal of raising $2,500 that students used to transform the Tech Room in the Culinary building into a pop-up restaurant for one week in December.

Gene Leiterman, dean of the School of Culinary Arts, said the fundraising project was aimed at small donors who could give anything from $10 to $250.

“It gave them a pretty immediate return on their investment,” Leiterman said. “They could say “What I invested actually did something.”

The five donor levels came with perks that began with being listed on the menu, and then each level after that included free menu items during the pop-up restaurant’s run with the highest level including a complete dinner for two at the chef’s table.

The pop-up restaurant was open Dec. 11 through 14. The project was part of the Contemporary American Restaurant course with the students in that class spearheading the restaurant.

“They had two weeks to recreate or repurpose the Tech Room into their restaurant,” Leiterman said, and that included everything from purchasing dishware and flatware; printing menus; painting walls and buying décor; and even hiring other students to work in the restaurant.

“A lot of students say they want to open their own restaurant,” he said, so this is an opportunity for students to do just that. “They had to come up with a pitch and pitch their ideas to me. They had to decide who would do what. Who would be general manager, who would handle front of house, who'd be kitchen manager, head chef.

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