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GRCC’s Heritage restaurant serving takeout meals, training Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students to adapt to changing industry

Jan. 19, 2021 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Students in Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education are preparing for a changing industry with the Heritage Restaurant’s new takeout menu.

The Heritage, a fine dining restaurant staffed by GRCC culinary students, is offering baked goods and entire meals on Tuesdays through Thursdays through Feb. 18.

Lunch and dinner offerings are available to go, and can be packaged to be eaten later. Check out the online menu here and call 616-234-3700 between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to place an order.

Meals can be picked up at the Heritage entrance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  inside the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center at 151 Fountain St. NE.

Also available are a variety of grab-and-go bakery items, such as breads, cookies, muffins and sweet rolls, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Heritage entrance.

While takeout meals were common for fast food and casual dining, the state’s ban on indoor dining has prompted fine dining establishments to add carryout menus.

Professor Bob Schultz said patrons have become used to ordering meals from their favorite fine dining restaurants and probably will want that option to continue even after the pandemic ends. He added that even when inside dining is allowed again, restaurants will likely be operating at reduced capacity, especially at first, and will continue to depend on takeout business.

“People have become accustomed to take out, and that’s going to continue after the pandemic,” he said. “We’re helping students build skills that are relevant right now, but also into the future. They’re learning how to adapt to different situations.”

Heritage students will ask diners placing meal orders whether they plan to enjoy it right away, or whether they want it prepared and packaged differently to keep in the office refrigerator for several hours and for dinner at home later.

Current menu items include French Style Shrimp Bisque; Duck Rangoon; Braai Style Zulu Tenderloin of Beef; Salvadoran Roasted Vegetable, Cheese and Bean Pupusa; Hazelnut Caramel Eclairs; and Peach Tart with Peach Mousse and Blueberry Compote.

Please wear a mask inside the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center and keep 6 feet apart from others. Parking under the building is free for those picking up orders.

Grand Rapids Community College offers learners of all ages opportunities to gain credits for degrees or transfer and in-demand career skills leading to rewarding careers. GRCC was established in 1914 – Michigan’s first community college – and offers affordable classes on weekdays, evenings, Saturdays and online at locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.

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