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Release Date: November 7, 2018

Delicious food and themed drinks served with a smile welcome visitors to Dunlop House’s student pub nights, on Thursday evenings from 4-6pm now until December 6.

Each week a different team of four students from instructor Dave Pritchard’s Hospitality Management 184 (Beverage Operations) class organises all aspects of the event, from selecting the evening’s theme to budgeting, directing staff, planning and creating the menu and serving up delicious food and drinks.

“It’s a full immersion into all aspects of running a hospitality business,” notes Pritchard. “Students learn the organizational elements required to run a food and beverage operation and get the applied experience of being a supervisor or leader, and how to work together as a team to achieve their goals.”

On October 25, the theme was “Vegas Night” and the atmosphere at Dunlop House was buzzing.

“They had a blackjack table, raffle prizes and a whole bunch of games and activities,” says Pritchard. “It was really interactive. Every pub night has a fun theme and we’ve got amazing themes coming up in November.” He notes that November 8 is “Harry Potter,” followed by “Woodstock” on November 15 and “Sherlock Holmes” on November 22.

Yana Meng, first year Hospitality Management student served as a student leader for the “Vegas night.” She is also the owner and operator of the Cracked Mug coffee shop downtown, which opened in January 2018. She enrolled in the program to enhance her business skills. “The purpose for me was really wanting to improve my coffee shop and learn what I need to do to be successful in the industry,” she says. “The teachers here are so awesome and so helpful, they are teaching really practical skills. I’m learning how management is really important and organization and good communication is really important for success in the business.”

For the ‘Vegas Night,' she created a dynamic selection of themed drinks. “I’m really passionate about making a drink for people that they will like,” she says. “So I created a Peppermint mocha, which comes from my experience in making coffee, and added white rum and Kahlua. And I used Empress gin to make purple-coloured gin and tonics with blueberries for garnish. We also created mint mango mojitos. We had fun making a great selection of cocktails and mocktails. People love the themes!”

Fellow student Isabella Lord served as head chef. “We basically set out to do a menu that we can prep throughout the day. We cost everything out, we make sure that it’s within our budget and learn how to do the recipes,” she says. “We start first thing in the morning and we’re rolling pizza dough until about noon. It’s really great when a vision comes together to make something and then it works out. It’s an amazing feeling when the guests arrive and it’s popular.”

For “Vegas Night,” Lord oversaw a menu that included bruschetta/flatbread pizza, crispy chicken and fries, bananas foster, and double baked mini potatoes with cheddar, bacon and chives. “We sold out of the bananas foster in half an hour,” she says. “They were just so popular!”

Pub nights are highly successful showcases of applying learning, a special recipe that Camosun excels at. “The students are creating a lot of buzz and excitement,” note Pritchard. “They’re learning hands on and it’s going really well for them and the numbers are looking good.”

Dunlop House pub nights are open to the public and run every Thursday, 4–6pm until December 6. Full details are available from the Hospitality Management department.


Ivan Watson
Marketing & Communications Strategist
Camosun College
250-418-0700 |

Isabella Lord runs the kitchen at Dunlop House pub night
Hospitality Management student Isabella Lord works as head chef during the Vegas-themed pub night at Dunlop House

Yana Meng serving drinks at Dunlop House pub night
Hospitality Management student Yana Meng serves up drinks at the Vegas-themed pub night at Dunlop House

Last updated: November 7, 2018 10:05 am

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