Ernest’s fine-dining restaurant essential training ground for students
Pancetta-wrapped scallops, bison Carpaccio and slow cooked Irvings pork cheeks on garlic crostini are among the entrees featured on Ernest’s new fall menu, launched at a tasting event last night.
The fall menu also includes Brome Lake duck confit, pan seared Arctic char, white chocolate crème brûlée and more. All dishes are prepared and served by Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students, who hone their real-world skills in one of the country’s most acclaimed culinary labs. More than 90% of graduates find employment within one year of graduation, with many going on to work in some of Edmonton’s finest restaurants.
“Ernest’s is a jewel in the crown of NAIT’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts,” said Perry Michetti, associate dean of the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. “As one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, we’re pleased to offer students the opportunity to learn in one of Edmonton’s top dining rooms, under the supervision of award-winning instructors. Menus showcase student creativity and a diverse selection of regional cuisine made from high-quality, local food.”
Many of the cheeses used in Ernest’s dishes made in-house by culinary arts students in the program’s new Cheese Production and Research Lab. Fresh organic herbs and microgreens are also grown year-round in one of NAIT’s food labs, just steps from where they are used by students in dishes served at Ernest’s.
NAIT's dining room has been an integral part of the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts since 1963. In 2005, the dining room was renovated as part of the new Hokanson Centre for the Culinary Arts. It was renamed Ernest's, in honour of the father of principal benefactor John Hokanson. This summer, Ernest’s underwent additional cosmetic renovations to enhance the dining experience.
NAIT is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
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