Meals and Deals at SCCTC
By Sandra Raub
The Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center (CTC) restaurant is open for business, and the public will reap the benefits. The Oct. 4 opening day buffet was a huge success, said CTC director Alice Davis, serving 90 patrons to a delicious assortment of student-made goodies, including main entrees Beef Bourguignon, Chicken Francese and broiled haddock, accented by soup, salad, potatoes and steamed vegetables. A perfect ending was an assortment of desserts prepared by the pastry chef.
A Touch of Class restaurant and The Serfass Solarium at the CTC give an opportunity for the students in food management, production and services to learn and put into practice both front and back of house techniques. Students rotate through various positions, including food preparation, service and management, as well as learning to design and plan menus in order to perfect their skills.
A Touch of Class also sports a bakery, offering an assortment of baked goods for sale through pre-order, everything from cookies and cakes to tarts, cheesecakes and gourmet cupcakes.
The restaurants work on a select schedule, with hours of operation from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., usually three days per week most weeks. They are also open for select evening dinners, including the popular Prime Rib Night. Their next scheduled evening is Thursday, Nov. 17. Reservations are recommended for both day and evening, and the staff is willing to accommodate special dietary needs as well, such as low salt, low fat and low calorie. The bakery is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on one Friday per month.
Information on dates and menus can be obtained on the school website or calling the CTC at 570-278-9229. Baked goods can be ordered by calling the number and dialing extension 785.
The CTC also offers cosmetology services by appointment as well. Students in the cosmetology program are working to satisfy the state-required number of training hours in the field and must meet a total of 580 tasks upon completion of the course work, and are expected to sit for State Board exams upon completion of their required hours of study. The clinic in the school is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., and this year there are also after school and Saturday clinic hours, a welcome necessity to help adult students in the program satisfy their required work hours, said Davis. Interested readers may make an appointment by calling the CTC, in addition to taking advantage of remarkable deals on all manner of hair and skin services, as well as spa packages at bargain prices.