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April 13, 2005
CONTACT: Carol Anderson 734.487.4400
carol.anderson@emich.edu

Eat Italian and help renovate EMU's Roosevelt Hall

YPSILANTI - Whether it's pizza or pasta that satisfies your appetite, the Eastern Michigan University hotel and restaurant management students are ready to take your order.

They will be cooking and waiting tables at the Palio Italian Restaurant in Ann Arbor April 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., as part of a fundraising campaign to renovate the kitchen in EMU's Roosevelt Hall. For reservations, call Nancy Skelly at 487.2490. A donation of $10 is requested.

About 38 students will be working with the restaurant's chef and dining room manager to plan and prepare Italian entrees to raise money for the renovation.

The campaign hopes to raise $120,000 to renovate the 1970s kitchen in EMU's Roosevelt Hall, said Susan Gregory, associate professor and program coordinator in the hotel and restaurant management at EMU.

The money raised will help update the kitchen with a new ventilation system along with new gas, electric and convection stoves, refrigerators, demonstration table and chef's table.   In addition, cabinetry and workspace areas will be modified to be more efficient and have the look of a commercial kitchen.  

Students in the hotel and restaurant management program learn basic food preparation skills and students in human nutrition focus on recipe modification in the kitchen laboratory.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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