|The restaurant opens for lunch beginning Jan. 17.|
|The RKR will be open for dinner beginning Jan. 22.|
|The restaurant will be open three extra nights a week this quarter.|
There is a lot going on this quarter at the popular student-operated Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. The RKR will be open an additional three nights a week, a romantic Valentine's Day special is planned and a dinner theatre event is set for late February.
The RKR is one of the most public applications of the learn-by-doing philosophy at Cal Poly Pomona. Throughout the quarter, three classes of about 30 students each – under the advisement of professors – run lunch and dinner at the hilltop restaurant.
“It's an exciting time for the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. We have more students than ever before so we are able to offer dinner three extra nights a week,” says Ben Dewald, associate professor and the director of the Food & Beverage series at The Collins School of Hospitality Management. “We're hoping the community is as excited and stops by for one of our wonderful meals.”
Doors open for lunch on Jan. 17. For the remainder of the quarter, the RKR will be open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The restaurant will not be open this quarter for lunch on Mondays in order to accommodate the additional nights it is open.
Dinner starts Jan. 22, and from then on will be open Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The dinner menu features a new Steak House concept. The main courses will be served with soup, salad and dessert priced from $27 to $38 for all four courses. The RKR's fantastic wine and beer offering is still available.
A special Valentine's Day dinner will be offered on Feb. 13 & 14. The menu designed by chefs Ernie Briones and Scott Rudolph features a reception with hors d'oeuvres and wine at 6 p.m. and a four-course dinner with three courses of wine served at 6:45 p.m. Dinner is priced at $75 per person, all inclusive. There will also be live music.
On Feb. 29, the RKR and Cal Poly Pomona Theatre department will present “Dinner with Agnes.” Tickets are $50 per person and they include a gourmet-inspired three-course dinner with wine at the restaurant and reserved seating for the Cal Poly Pomona production of “Agnes of God.”
Tickets for both events go on sale at the restaurant beginning Jan. 22 and will continue until they are sold out.
The Collins School of Hospitality Management is the largest and oldest hospitality program in California offering a four-year degree. Ranked regularly among the top three undergraduate hospitality management programs in North America, more than 700 Collins School students receive a superior education in this state-of-the-art facility.
The Hospitality Management students who run the restaurant are seniors and juniors who have spent the course of their education at Cal Poly Pomona preparing for this challenging class. The 12-unit restaurant management courses require students to rotate weekly through various positions in order to learn all aspects of a restaurant. So a student might be the reservations manager one week and a line cook the next week. The faculty team includes Chef Ernie Briones, Lesley Butler, Barbara Jean Bruin, Dawn Taccone and Chef Scott Rudolph.
Reservations for all meals and events at the RKR are recommended. For more information call (909) 869-4700 or visit https://www.rkr.cpp.edu/.