John Purdue Room
Located in Marriott Hall | 900 West State Street - West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
Exquisite in its design and use, this laboratory trains our second-year students in food preparation and service as well as the fourth-year students in front and back of the house management.
All aspects of the dining experience are carried out by the students in the John Purdue Room. At noon, the HTM 291 students rotate through various positions commonly found in food service operations. They learn and develop food production and service skills. By the end of the semester, they have been exposed to quantity cooking methods, the use and care of equipment, and service techniques.
Students in HTM 492 operate the John Purdue Room at night. This class is an advanced hospitality management simulation designed to give students an opportunity to experience hands-on practice in a wide range of managerial skills and techniques that are normally associated with the duties of a hospitality operations manager.
Students are expected to manage, market, develop daily specials, produce, execute, and evaluate a casual fine dining experience. The students utilize the skills and knowledge gained in this and previous courses in order to make necessary managerial decisions and provide strong leadership, training, and guidance to classmates in the production of a realistic and successful casual fine dining experience.
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Reservations are encouraged for the lunch and dinner hours and the menus change seasonally.
Ordering to-go could be provided, please ask the student host for more information. The John Purdue Room can help you plan your next private luncheon or dinner for 40 - 80 guests upon the instructor's approval. Have a smaller party -- say about 20 guests? Contact Nancy, our Catering Chef, about creating private luncheons and dinners in Marriott Hall.