So, I had to write up a restaurant concept and menu for my Food and Beverage Purchasing class. It was fairly simple for me, since I've been daydreaming about my future restaurant for as long as I can remember. I've been planning out my restaurant the way that all the other little girls plan their weddings.
I couldn't go into half the detail that I have worked out in my mind, for brevity's sake. But I think I hit the main points in this project. I would love to have High Tea Happy Hour and Twister tournaments and art shows and plays and resident theater troupes and live music and a zine distro and everything. I would love to serve campy food with a smile.
I guess this restaurant plan is just a really big part of me. It's way bigger than a mere school paper - the assignment was just an excuse to put it down on paper. Anyway, I just thought I'd share this little private piece fo myself with you all, my faithful friends and readers. In the form of a lame little school project.
(I know. I'm tacky. Bite me. Thanks.)
Restaurant Concept and Menu
Concept: Lady Luck Cafe
Lady Luck Cafe is a bakery-coffeeshop in a smallish but remarkably hip city; perhaps one very much like Portland, Maine. The target market is college kids, hip twentysomethings, the art crowd, local music fans, the "alternative" set, and anyone else who happens to walk by looking for good food and good art in an unpredictably quirky atmosphere. This establishment features a stage for live music, poetry readings, and theater acts many nights of the week, as well as gallery space for local artists.
The decor is relaxed – mismatched tables decorated with "lucky" motifs (fortune cookie fortunes, tarot cards), comfy couches, a loungey 50’s atomic kitchen theme – and the food is as kitschy and unpretentious. In addition to a full coffee bar and bakery dessert menu, Lady Luck Cafe serves a selection of homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, and entrees daily, including daily vegetarian and vegan specials. Dishes are named after bad movies and my friends, because hey, it’s my restaurant, and I can do whatever I want! You won’t find any foie gras or truffle oil here – just good, simple food, the way your grandma used to make it. Prices are relatively low, but not at the expense of quality – the food may be homey and and even a little silly, but every effort is made to use locally-grown, seasonal ingredients.
Sample menu – items change daily, but always include at least one vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian option, which may include the following:
Chicken Noodle – Chicken, egg noodles, fresh veggies and herbs in a homemade chicken broth.
Alphabet Soup – Mixed vegetables and alphabet noodles in a tomato-vegetable broth. (Vegan)
Curried Squash Bisque – A creamy squash soup flavored with curry and chives. (Vegetarian)
ENTREES - served with bread and choice of sides
Macaroni and Cheese – Macaroni baked in a homemade sharp cheddar cheese sauce
Vegan Lasagna – Noodles layered with sauteed mushrooms and vegetables, white beans, and a lemon-white wine-herb sauce.
Chicken Pot Pie – Chicken pieces and fresh vegetables cooked in a rosemary-sherry wine sauce and topped with flaky pie crust
SANDWICHES/WRAPS – served with choice of sides
Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion: Roast beef with roasted red peppers, herbed boursin cheese, and red onion
The Nico: (yes, you get a sammich named after you! --ed.) Roast turkey with swiss cheese, sprouts, romaine, tomato, and pickle
The Napoleon Dynamite: Ham, provolone, tomato, red onion, romaine, and olive tapenade
The Tiki: (the mozzarella, tomato, and basil just sounded like something you would like, dear) Grilled marinated portobello mushrooms with mozzarella, red onion, tomato, and fresh basil (vegetarian; vegan if served without cheese)
The SLC Punk: curry-spiced couscous, lentils, and roasted vegetables in a flour tortilla (vegan)
Small garden salad
Rosemary roasted potatoes
Key Lime Pie – a tart Key Lime custard in a flaky pie crust
Lemon Meringue Pie – homemade lemon curd filling topped with meringue
Apple Pie – nothing fancy, just good old fashioned apple pie! (vegan)
Fresh Fruit Tarts – rich pastry dough topped with custard and fresh seasonal fruit
Chocolate-Walnut Tarts – dark chocolate, candied walnuts, and Grand Marnier
Citrus Tarts – a tangy fresh citrus custard in a sweet pastry shell, topped with candied orange
Birthday Cake – Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and filling
Wedding Cake – Vanilla pound cake with lemon curd filling and buttercream icing
Lemon Pound Cake – A rich pound cake with lemon glaze – great with tea! ($2.25/slice)
Bunny Cake – Carrot-almond cake with cream cheese icing
Banana Cake – Banana-flavored cake with cream cheese icing and sliced bananas
Available in all cake flavors, plus Vegan Chocolate-Coconut
(Add a scoop to your dessert! Mix and match flavors!)
**i can't imagine all the people that you know and the places that you go when the lights are turned down low**