As if the last of the Chef Takeover Dinners, a Level 3 Supervisor Themed Dinner, and a Charity Quiz Night weren’t enough to be getting on with this month, students at City College Norwich have the big one to prepare for, as well: the 21st annual Holiday Inn Takeover!
The hotel takeover culminates in a charity gala dinner, on March 16, at Holiday Inn Norwich North, enabling students to take part in planning and running a major function. This year’s dinner has a Mamma Mia theme, with entertainment being provided by travel and tourism students from the college. Joe Mulhall, Head of Hospitality, Catering & Tourism at City College Norwich, has this message to members of the public: ‘Come and have a smashing time!’
Before all that, however, Debut Restaurant hosts the last of the Chef Takeover Dinners. On March 5, former student at the Hotel School, Connor Carway-Roe, will be bringing his ‘Flavours of Spring’ Supper Club to the restaurant. The imaginative seven-course menu includes ‘snacks’, ‘vegetable patch’, ‘sea’, ‘land’, ‘something sweet’, ‘fruit’ and ‘sweet shop’.
After leaving college, Connor spent many years cooking in some of Norfolk and the UK’s best restaurants, before going on to establish his Norfolk-based catering and events company, Carway-Roe Events. Receptionist and Trainer Assessor Natalie Brown, who oversees all the bookings for Debut Restaurant, says: ‘It’s the last of the Chef Dinners and quite an interesting one.’
Then, March 12 sees the second in a number of Level Supervisor Themed Dinners, and this time it will have a 1980s theme. Each dinner will be inspired by a different decade, right down to the design of the menu, a real chance for students to get their creative juices flowing.
Finally, on March 27, there’s the annual Zaks Charity Quiz and Burger Night at Debut Restaurant, raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – the evening includes a sharing platter for each team to enjoy.
Joe says of these events: ‘The key thing is they are all student led; there’s social responsibility involved, through raising money for charity, and then there’s working with potential future employers – there’s a point to everything we do here.’ And it’s also important to note that all of these events are open for members of the public to book.
Debut Restaurant will also be open to the public for dinner on March 11 and 25, with an earlier arrival time of 6-6.30pm to catch the after work crowd. On the menu are a non-alcoholic cocktail; cod and Jerusalem artichoke; corn fed chicken or a grill special; lemon posset or rhubarb and vanilla shortbread crumble with pistachio ice, followed by coffee and petit fours. Joe makes the point: ‘It is so much more than a college restaurant.’