Restaurant, Food and Beverage Management Concentration

Restaurant ownership or management requires a fine balance of aesthetic and business skills. In this concentration, you'll explore applicable topics such as culinary arts, mixology, special events and fine dining.

The Restaurant/Food and Beverage Management concentration coursework centers on the profitability and development of food and beverage operations, with an understanding of food production and awareness of food quality. This concentration prepares students to run the front of the house (dining room and bar) or the entire operation (kitchen, dining room and bar).

Concentration Courses:

Sanitation – Teaches students how to ensure a healthy and safe foodservice operation, covering topics including: HAACP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), personal hygiene, food purchasing/ receiving/storage, food preparation and serving, food contamination, food-borne illnesses and pest management.  At the end of the course, students take the Chicago and Illinois Sanitation Exam.  If passed, they receive the official certification.

Ingredients – Introduces a wide array of basic products used in food and beverage, providing an understanding of differences in quality and usage.  Reviews the procedures involved in purchasing, receiving, storing, portioning and issuing of food and beverage items.

The Art of Dining – Provides an overview of the many tangible and intangible elements that combine to produce a superb dining experience, including china, glass, silver, linen, uniforms, plant and flower options, lighting and background music.

Introduction to Beers, Wines and Spirits – Teaches an appreciation of the way in which wine, beer and spirits can enhance the dining experience.  Discusses fermentation, distillation and production methods for the different alcoholic beverages.  Explores the many different types of alcoholic beverages served in food and beverage operations with students learning how to differentiate among various wines, spirits and beers by tasting them. Stresses the responsible service of alcoholic beverages.

The Art and Science of Mixology – Provides a history of the modern cocktail and introduces the craft of making cocktails, including molecular mixology and classic cocktail recipes.  BASSET Certification is part of the course as well.

Advance Culinary Art – Offers future front-of-house managers with a detailed insight into contemporary menu options and menu development techniques from an international perspective.

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