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Aspen Grille to work with guest chefs April 7

April 2, 2010

The Aspen Grille, a restaurant run by students in the Restaurant and Resort Management program at CSU, invites you to join them for an exciting upcoming event. On April 7, Hank Andersen and Karl Bendix will be working with resort and resource management students in the Aspen Grille to offer customers some exciting new menu items, for one day only.

Three course meal for $12.95 on Wednesday

From 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., on April 7 only, visit the Aspen Grille, located upstairs in the Lory Student Center and enjoy a three course meal for just $12.95. The usual menu will not be offered, but the following items will be served:

  • Appetizer- Crab bite with a roasted Red pepper sauce on a bed of greens
  • Entrée- Open Face Steak Sandwich with sautéed spinach and garlic on a parmesan crostini
  • Dessert- Flourless Chocolate Cake

Reservations suggested

This is a one day event and a unique dining opportunity. Call (970) 491-7006 to make your reservation, as seating will be limited.

Note: On Monday, April 5, no one will be available to take reservations, so please plan accordingly.

Guest chefs Andersen and Bendix

Hank Andersen is the production chef at the Ram's Horn Dining Center at CSU's Academic Village. Hank's culinary career began in 1976, when he began managing his family's theater business. After high school, Hank joined the United States Marine Corps and Hank worked as a cook in the Marines. Hank was honorably discharged from the Marines in 1986 and then pursued a culinary career in Kansas City. Working with a chef from Denver in Kansas City brought him to Colorado in 1993. He continued in the hotel and restaurant business, designing commercial kitchens and opening several restaurants in Northern Colorado, before coming to CSU in 2008.

Chef Karl Bendix has been at CSU for over 10 years. He is currently the Dinning Services Executive Chef and has received culinary awards from the National Association of College and University Food Services, or NACUFS. Karl did not consider becoming a chef until he was hired after his two-year apprenticeship under Shannon Hyashi, an owner and instructor at a former restaurant in Fort Collins called Pasta Plus.

The Aspen Grille is first and foremost a CSU classroom, providing restaurant and resort management students the opportunity to work in and manage a restaurant. It is a completely sustainable restaurant and all their food is either grown on CSU campus or bought locally. The Grille is located on the second floor of the Lory Student Center near the University Club. Stop in today to enjoy a delicious meal, Ram Cash is accepted.

Contact: Kris Folsom
Phone: (970) 491-1676