Date: February 20, 2006
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director,
Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267, firstname.lastname@example.org
PNC Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Renovated Kitchen
WESTVILLE – Purdue University North Central will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly renovated kitchen – now known as The Gallery Café - on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. The event is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community. The Gallery Café is located in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building.
The Gallery Café and its various food stations take their names from the many original and classic works of art that are displayed on the PNC campus. The campus is noted for its Odyssey sculpture exhibit, a permanent collection of the works of local artist Jason Poteet are displayed on campus and various exhibits visit PNC throughout the year. The cafeteria walls and surrounding hallways display a number of brightly colored prints.
New cafeteria furniture includes bistro-style seating as well as comfortable couches, chairs and tables that present a welcoming atmosphere appropriate for dining, meeting friends or studying. Large window create an open, airy feeling and gives diners a view of the beautifully landscaped grounds.
The new kitchen facility enhances the food service available on campus. After an 11-week kitchen renovation, diners may now enjoy fresh pizzas from Masterpizzas; get made-to-order deli sandwiches at Dali’s Deli; choose from burgers, wraps and such from the Van Gogh Grill; enjoy daily hot entrée selections from The Chef's Palette; or choose from an expanded soup and salad bar – PNC Express. Plus a wide selection of snacks and beverages are also available. The Gallery Café is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.
The previous kitchen dated back to 1973 and was intended as a snack bar to serve the 1,000 students on campus. Today, PNC has 3,500 students who have different culinary tastes and expectations from the students of years past. Pizza can be purchased whole or by the slice with toppings ranging from spinach, pineapple or jalapeno to sausage and pepperoni. The made-to-order sandwiches include fresh ingredients that include nine different meat and seafood toppings, five different cheeses and eight different types of bread. Hot entrées will feature an eclectic menu of ethnic and regional meals, traditional fare, vegetarian selections and alternatives for dieters. A stir fry station will offer Asian fare. Breakfast items are also available.
Keith Peffers, food service director and executive chef, has prepared a menu that features many food items not traditionally found on cafeteria menus and enjoys preparing restaurant-style selections.
The day of the kitchen ribbon-cutting is also Fat Tuesday, and Peffers will feature a variety of Cajun foods on the menu. The mood will be heightened with Mardi Gras beads and the music of New Orleans. Food samples will also be available. Diners may also pick up discount coupons for future use and carry out menus.
The PNC cafeteria accepts debit cards, Visa and Master Card. The cafeteria is open to PNC students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. All items are available for carry out. Catering service is offered for on- and off-campus events.
Further information about Gallery Café can be obtained by contacting Peffers at 800-872-1231, ext. 5720.