Monroe College Culinary Arts Students to Offer Tableside Service Using Farm-to-Table Ingredients at Reopening of Student-Run Restaurant on May 22

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The Dining Lab at Monroe College to Reopen on May 22

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that its culinary arts students will be offering tableside service at the school’s student-run restaurant, The Dining Lab, using farm-to-table ingredients, including herbs and tomatoes grown organically in the college’s courtyard. The restaurant opens for the spring semester on May 22.

The Dining Lab’s spring menu features a selection of homemade meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients from the college’s own back yard and producers from Long Island, Lower Connecticut and the Hudson Valley. Among the list of appetizers and entrées are: an asparagus custard with spring mushrooms, risotto with spring onion purée and robiola cheese, pan-seared farmed striped bass with a fresh herb, lemon and olive dressing, and salmon stuffed with mushrooms and wrapped in pastry. Desserts include a blueberry tart, almond milk panna cotta and a chocolate s’mores cake. To view The Dining Lab’s full menu, please visit here.

The restaurant offers a three-course gourmet dinner for a fixed price of $18.95. It is open each week on Tuesday through Thursday with three seatings available at 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:15pm. Students in Monroe’s culinary and hospitality degree program prepare each item and are responsible for the restaurant’s daily operations. Reservations can be made by calling 914-740-6421 or emailing info(at)thedininglab(dot)com.

“The general public is in for a special treat this semester, and is bound to enjoy the uniquely entertaining dining experience that comes from having their dishes prepared right in front of them,” said Frank Costantino, EdD CEC CCE AAC, Dean of Monroe College’s School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. “We also teach our students the value of utilizing local, farm-fresh ingredients – not just because they ensure a flavorful, delicious meal, but because they promote social responsibility given their clear benefits to the environment, and the local economy.”

The Dining Lab is located at Monroe College’s Main Hall at 434 Main Street in New Rochelle, NY. The restaurant served its 1,000th patron last semester and has expanded its seating capacity to 54 people. Every other Thursday night, live entertainment is provided by student and faculty musicians.

Additionally, Monroe’s student-run café, The Pastry Kiosk, offers a full lunch menu, featuring gourmet sandwiches and homemade breads, quiches, salads and soups, as well as specialty flatbread pizzas baked on the Italian stone hearth oven. Its pastry case is lined with a variety of freshly baked goods, including croissants, muffins, scones, cookies, biscotti, Danish pastries, decorated cakes and cupcakes, mousse-filled cakes, tarts, and more. The kiosk is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11am-3pm, and offers seating for patrons in The Dining Lab or a to-go option that enables them to take meals home, or back to the office.

Monroe College's Culinary Arts program is a world-class program that prepares students for professional careers in the culinary field. Taught by a faculty of experienced industry professionals, many of whom are certified by the American Culinary Federation, students gain valuable instruction and mentoring in a real-world culinary environment. Since 2009, the program has received more than 450 awards. For more information, please visit here.


Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe College graduates more minority students than any other college in New York State.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit

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