Spice Box Returns for Spring Semester
January 18, 2007
URBANA - On Friday, January 26, students and guest chefs will begin a new semester of creating experiences in fine dining in the Spice Box, a working laboratory for students majoring in hospitality management, located on the second floor of the University of Illinois's Bevier Hall at the corner of Goodwin Avenue and Gregory Drive.

"In Food Science and Human Nutrition 443, students and guest chefs create a themed dining experience. The course lets students apply their skills to a real-world setting with an emphasis on artistry in preparation, and serving and merchandising high-quality food in quantity," said Jill North Craft, Spice Box manager and the class's instructor.

The theme for the January 26 meal, prepared by guest chef Cindy Steinman of Dinner's Ready Personal Chef Service in Evanston, is "Aventura Latina" (A Latin Adventure).

Additional meals, in a wide array of themes, will follow on Friday nights throughout the semester.

"The change of season brings out new and exciting themed meals, such as the upcoming New Orleans and Caribbean themes," Craft said.

A complete list of the dates of the meals, meal themes, and guest chefs is available on the Spice Box website at www.spicebox.uiuc.edu. Interested persons can also be placed on a e-mail list that will keep them informed of upcoming offerings by contacting jnorth@uiuc.edu.

Each dining event offers a four-course meal, including salad, appetizer, featured entrée, and dessert, or a special salad and entrée combination. A specialty alcoholic beverage is also offered. Price varies according to menu, and the meals are available by reservation only. Reservations are available at 5:30, 6, 7, and 7:30 p.m.

To reserve seating for any of the Spice Box fine-dining experiences, call (217) 333-6520.