Estrella Mountain Community College’s student-run restaurant opened for business Thursday.

Regions is in Komatke Hall, Building C, on the campus at 3000 N Dysart Road, Avondale. It’s run by students in the Culinary Institute who are training for careers in the professional food service industry.

Students are exposed to American and international cuisine, baking and pastry arts.

“It’s an opportunity for students to learn the basic skills in the kitchen and put them into practice with the general public,” said Steven Griffiths, culinary program director. “They get to see first-hand how a restaurant operates before they graduate and enter the industry themselves.”

Students learn classical techniques, Griffiths said, including handling hot and cold foods, pastry baking, knife skills and catering.

The restaurant is open to the public beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the last seating at noon every Thursday and Friday throughout the spring semester.

To make reservations, call 623-935-8396 or go to

The cost for the full-course meal is $11, which includes tax. All revenue is invested back into the program. The lunch often features an appetizer, soup or salad, entree, dessert and beverage.

Menus change every week, with Thursdays’ service offering an a la carte American regional and French menu, a taste of foods from around the country, and Fridays’ focusing on themed buffet selections.

Opening day offered a wide selection of southern foods including fried chicken, fresh fish, beef, pork and angel food cake. Today’s menu will include a selection of light lunch and breakfast items including an omelet station, fresh fruits, pastries, soups and vegetables.

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