Columns Café serves up successful first dinner

By Jessica Poole

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Students in Northwestern State University’s Hospitality Management and Tourism program hosted the inaugural Columns Café event Nov. 13.

Menu items were chosen by the students, and ingredients were locally sourced from Louisiana. The dinner’s menu was autumn based with four courses featuring seafood stuffed mushrooms, a sweet potato and andouille sausage soup, an apple salad with maple vinaigrette, mustard roasted pork loin with squash polenta and a chestnut mascarpone with tuile for dessert.

Senior HMT major Jamie Phillips said, “It’s hands-on experience we can use after graduation. This is the type of industry I want to go into. We can add this to our resumes and it helps us all get comfortable speaking to different people.”

Junior HMT major Rachel Rivers said, “It was fun and everything ran very smoothly, but I think that’s because we all work so well together.”

“I think our first dinner was a resounding success,” said HMT Assistant Professor Valerie Salter. “We’re looking forward to hosting dinners each month during the spring semester.”

By 2019, all the dates for the Columns Cafe will be listed on the HMT website, so patrons can purchase tickets for the date they want to attend. More information is available at

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