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RCC culinary students offer dinner at Golden Eagle

Under the supervision of Chef Hatley Bright, students of Rappahannock Community College’s Culinary Arts program are once again sharing their expertise with local diners. This year the program has moved to a new location: the Grille at the Golden Eagle Golf Club in Irvington, Lancaster County. The public is invited to make reservations for dinner on Monday and Wednesday evenings from February 13 through May 1 (excluding March 12 and 14, which fall within RCC’s spring break), at a cost of $23.95 per person. The charge includes an appetizer, salad or soup, an entrée, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, and a gratuity. Wine and spirits will be available at an additional charge. “We invite each of you to come and taste for yourself the fine cuisine that Chef Bright has planned for the semester,” says Golden Eagle Grille manager Gayle Nelson.

RCC Culinary Class offers Dinners at the Golden Eagle

RCC Culinary Class offers Dinners at the Golden Eagle

Delicious menus will be offered each week. The entrée for February 13 and 15 is a choice of Pork Chimichurri with Roasted Potatoes, or Pan-Fried Rosemary Chicken with Lemon and Thyme Sauce; for February 20 and 22, Vanilla Cider Pork with Caramelized Apples, or Wild Mushroom Risotto; for February 27 and 29, Planked Salmon with Spicy Sweet Apricot Glaze, or Beef and Vegetable Stew; for March 5 and 7, Turkey Chili, or Pan-Fried Pecan Crusted Catfish; for March 19 and 21, Vegetable Strudel, or Linguini with Sicilian Pesto; for March 26 and 28, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, or Salmon en Papillote; for April 2 and 4, Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce, or Chicken Pot Pie; for April 9 and 11, Apricot and Bourbon Grilled Chicken, or Roasted Pork Loin with Wild Mushroom Compote; for April 16 and 18, Fettuccine Alfredo, or Sweet & Sticky BBQ Chicken with Rosemary Potatoes; and for April 23 and 25, Grilled Lemon Chicken with Ratatouille, or Baked Ziti with Rich Tomato Sauce.

April 30 and May 2 have been scheduled as the students’ final exams; the menus for these dates have not yet been determined. On all dates, guests with special dietary needs will be accommodated if at all possible, but their requests must be made by the Friday preceding the Monday or Wednesday dinner reservation. Also, due to varying availability of some menu items, the listed entrees may be replaced with a comparable substitute.

An important part of the Culinary Arts curriculum is learning to prepare, present, and serve food attractively in a restaurant setting. Golden Eagle Grille staff members are happy to have the opportunity to help Chef Bright teach her students the many aspects of the food and beverage industry; however, as the students must also learn to purchase appropriate amounts of key ingredients, the restaurant must be able to tell them well in advance how many guests they will be entertaining. Reservations for the dinner seatings of 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. can be made by calling the Grille at 804-438-6740, Wednesday through Monday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; or e-mail Gayle Nelson at


Photo: Left to right: RCC Culinary Arts students Alexis Wormley, Lancaster County; Caitlin Sibley, Middlesex County; Devin Ball, Westmoreland County; Courtney Sibley, Middlesex County; Lori Bosse, Richmond County; Terrence Newman, Colonial Beach; Kelly Swain and Iykeia Garner, both of Westmoreland County; Ashley Hodge, Lancaster County; and Culinary Arts instructor Chef Hatley Bright. Chef Bright’s students will prepare delicious dinners for guests of the Grille at the Golden Eagle Golf Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from February 13 through May 2.

3 Responses to “RCC culinary students offer dinner at Golden Eagle”

  1. Mal Luebkert says:

    Please sign me up. I cannot make all the dates but I would like to participate. Thanks.

  2. Tom Martin says:

    Mal, and others interested in enjoying the culinary students dinners at the Golden Eagle, please contact the Grille directly at 804-438-6740 or to make your reservations. Thank you.

  3. Lois Gray says:

    I think SSS should arrange a feild trip to one of these dinners!!

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